I've written several posts on what my struggles are. They include anxiety, depression, guilt, and possible PTSD. It occurred to me that nowhere do I mention how I cope with these issues. I thought I'd share some of the techniques and mechanisms I've learned to cope with my demons. Note: What I describe below is … Continue reading How I Cope with My Demons
We all know our country has a growing problem concerning its veterans. Reports of secret lists, inadequate care, unemployment, and homelessness continue to rise. But there's one problem still to be addressed: stigma. The current stigma in our country is that a veteran is a man. This stigma makes it more difficult, if not impossible, … Continue reading Because She Served, Too…
The orderly wheeled her elderly patient to the window. It was the same window from which he gazed yesterday, and the day before that, for almost as long as he could remember. She set the brake on his wheelchair and mindlessly placed a hand on his shoulder as she walked away. In that moment, he … Continue reading Silently Screaming
I feel trapped today. Trapped in my own personality. I know I come off as somewhat intense, especially when people first meet me. That's the thing about those of us with anxiety - we're all-or-nothing. We either crawl into our shell, or we come at you with all we've got and then some. God help … Continue reading I Gotta Be Me… But Not Me
Over this past weekend, I asked friends for suggestions on topics to blog about. I received some great feedback, but one suggestion really stood out to me: This made me think. Why is there so much hate in the world? The events that took place in Charlottesville, VA indicate to me that hate is very … Continue reading Where is the Love?
I've introduced you to my friend, Anxiety. If you missed the introduction, allow me to re-introduce you here. Anxiety is a massive pain in my ass, but he never comes alone. No, every family has to have their Fredo Corleone... Who is Anxiety's idiot brother? Depression. Yes, they often run side-by-side, with one usually causing/caused … Continue reading Depression – Anxiety’s Idiot Brother
I've seen a couple of Twitter posts that have made me think - mainly about my youth. When I was younger, I wanted to be a writer. Not the technical writer I am today, but something more expressive. My dream job became to write for Rolling Stone magazine. I would've been good at it, too. … Continue reading No Regrets
I know it seems odd to refer to anxiety as a friend, but we've known each other for so long, it's hard to think of it as anything else. Oh, don't get me wrong; it's not a good friend. It's more like that annoying friend that keeps tagging along even when you don't want them … Continue reading Meet My Friend, Anxiety
"You are such a nerd! Why do you like going to Comic-Con so much?" I hear the same thing every year from so-called "friends." Every year, San Diego Comic-Con rolls around, and for five glorious days, I feel like I belong somewhere. I get to spend my days with thousands of people who have the … Continue reading You Are Such a Nerd!
"You guys wanna go see a dead body?" This one line is the pivotal plot line to the movie Stand By Me, based on the Stephen King novella, The Body. Four 12-year-old boys take a weekend journey through the woods to find the rumored dead body of a missing boy. During this time, their friendship is cemented … Continue reading What Gets Left Behind