Like many of my fellow Penn State Alumni, I chose to watch HBO's recent documentary, Paterno. According to HBO: Paterno centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions … Continue reading Review | HBO’s “Paterno” Both Gets and Misses Its Own Point
We all have emotional baggage. Our life experiences have left us with various coping mechanisms/knee-jerk reactions to various situations. I know, could I be more vague? Basically, what we go through stays with us in some fashion. Because those experiences have taught us lessons, we carry them with us as an emotional reference point. Whether … Continue reading Check Your Emotional Baggage
Not sure what to say. Feeling like I’m fading away. Lost. Distant. Cold. Frigid. via Daily Prompt: Frigid
When I was growing up, we were taught to look for this sticker on common household products. These were meant to tell us not to eat or drink whatever it was; that it was poison. Not only that, it gave us the toll-free 800 number to call for the poison control center, should someone accidentally … Continue reading Toxic! Poison Help!
I hate my name. No, let me clarify that. I hate the sound of my name. There are a lot of great Andy's out there in history: So you'd think I'd be proud to hear that I'm included in such company. That's not usually the case. Over the last several weeks, I've cringed when I've … Continue reading What’s In a Name?
My idea of the perfect date used to be May 12.
The worst feeling in the world to me is letting my friends and family down after doing well for so long. Many of the terms used to refer to addiction recovery are also used to refer to mental illness in general. One of the common terms is "relapse". The dictionary defines "relapse" as: My relapse … Continue reading Borderline Relapse
An argument that takes place entirely in my mind between me and my Anxiety: Me: I'm going to do a thing. Anxiety: Ooh, that sounds like fun! We should totally do that! Me: Are you sure? You're not going to ruin it this time, are you? Anxiety: Nah, I'm stoked about this! Let's do this! … Continue reading Arguing with Anxiety
I am beyond humbled to be nominated for a Liebster Award 2018. What I began as a way to vent my frustrations with my struggles with mental illness has grown more than I ever imagined. Over the past few months, I've met more people than I ever dreamed who shared my experiences. I'd like to … Continue reading Liebster Award 2018
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. I'm sure you've heard that cliché before, but as a child of the 1990s, I beg your indulgence. There are just a few hours left in 2017 here in sunny Southern California. When I wake up tomorrow, it will be a new year. It will also … Continue reading Borderline Beginnings