Fear, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt

Fear and insecurity have held me back from accomplishing so many things in my life. There is this voice in my head that tells me that there is no use in doing things because I will never be the best at things. And the problem with that voice isn’t that it’s present, it’s that it’s..

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Benefit of the Doubt

I have a heartbreaking story that ultimately changed the way I looked at the world forever. My cousin whom I loved dearly passed away from cancer at the young age of sixteen. Obviously very tragic and heartbreaking, but I extracted one of the most important lessons of my life on the day before his passing…

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Feeling Worthless

I’m generally plagued by feelings of worthlessness. I often think that I’m not a good person and that therefore I often feel there is no use in trying to better something that is already irreparably broken. Often times I’ll even go as far as to say that not only am I worthless, but everyone is..

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The Utility of Negative Emotion

I think there is a great utility in feeling negative emotions. For myself personally, and I think this is true for a lot of people, and definitely most addicts, we have a tendency to want to numb out or not feel our negative emotions. We’ve gotten to the point in society where persistent negative emotions..

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The Gift of Desperation

The Gift of Desperation If I had to select a single thing in my life that I’m the most grateful for, I would definitely chose my battle with mental illness and addiction. I think for the most part people have a proclivity to overlook the positive attributes of their struggles and instead, indulge superfluously in..

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“Coming Out” As Mentally Ill

“Coming out” as Mentally Ill People possess an innate proclivity to want to be a member of their in-group, and deviation that would further ostracize them from the domain which is considered the norm is a leap that requires immense courage. Courage is not behaving in the absence of fear; courage is behaving in spite..

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Author Q&A

Q: What really drove you to publish this book now? A: I decided to publish this book because I feel as though there is still a fair bit of stigma and misunderstanding surrounding the topic of mental illness. It’s not often that such a young person (I’m only 21) has such a troubled and harrowing..

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