Tag Archives: depression

Awkward Beginnings and Assorted Insecurities (#fiction)

II He wasn’t a virgin. He had definitely had sex more than once before and with more than one person, which was just another way of saying she was the third person on his sexual resume. He had enough experience … Continue reading

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Passive Voice (#poem)

Feelings were set aside. Fists were unclenched. Tears were discreetly brushed away. Energy was preserved. Friendships were maintained. Shadows were kept at bay. Family were not alarmed. Nothing was committed. There wasn’t much to say. Energy wasn’t depleted. The fight … Continue reading

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Frequent Death and Daily Disquiet (#poem)

So many people died that year that I developed A permanent anxiety about companion mortality. Guns, cancer, fire, and water all took people from me. After an absence of a few months, a friend once Called just to say, “You … Continue reading

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For ____________, (#poem)

Just wanted You to know I left plenty of Ripe plums In the fridge, But I was depressed And ate all The ice cream, Potato chips, And cookies.

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Pain in the Membrane (frivolous essay on the brain)

They say the pain is all in your head, but where else could it be? I mean, some people do complain of pain in their hands or elbows or knees or whatever, but really the experience of the pain is … Continue reading

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#PleaseHearWhatImNotSaying Poetry Anthology and Me

I am thrilled to have two poems in the new anthology, “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying,” edited by poet Isabelle Kenyon. The profits of the anthology will benefit the UK charity, MIND, which promotes mental health services and support … Continue reading

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April is the Cruelest Month: Help Prevent Suicides

I’m a depressive. It has been some time since suicidal ideation, depersonalisation, and derealisation enveloped my pshche and smothered me in a warm fog. Still, being a depressive is like being an alcoholic. It never really goes away. “My name … Continue reading

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You shouldn’t have to go to jail for mental health treatment

Last week I tweeted a link to a Texas Observer article by Emily DePrang about sexual assaults in Harris County jails. DePrang had written about two Bureau of Justice Statistics studies that showed the Harris County Jail on Baker Street … Continue reading

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Why I Am Afraid To Die

My interest in the topic of this blog arose several years ago from a conversation with a scholar visiting from China. She had studied Christianity in China and was interested in meeting Christians in the United States and learning more … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Caring and Seasonal Depression

I don’t know if it is the changes in the weather, the length of the days, or what, but we sometimes find the world slipping away from us. As we reach, objects, people, and activities seem to continuously recede into … Continue reading

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