Monthly Archives: May, 2022

Mental Illness and Mass Shootings

A while ago, I wrote this piece: Guns and Mental Illness | Nutmegger Daily – Quality writing on many topics. I’d be happy if you read it, of course, but it covers two main points. First, it talks about the ubiquity of mental illness. Virtually everyone, at one point or another, struggles with their mental […]

Trying Not to Look Away

My good friend and partner, Jamil, wrote a piece for The Hartford Times called Don’t Look Away. It’s about how the horror of Sandy Hook was followed by a long period of numbness caused by exhaustion from the sheer number of preventable tragedies that happen in this country. Uvalde, however, has snapped him out of […]

Pandering Season

The midterm elections are coming this fall. Do you know what that means? It’s pandering season. It happens every election cycle. You can set your clock to it. Politicians of all stripes are tripping over themselves to do things. That might sound nice, but it’s not. They aren’t doing things that need to get done. […]

Types of Therapy

In the past week, I’ve run across three different articles that all discuss different types of therapies. This one at theconversation.com is about types of therapy that have been tested and shown to achieve real results. This one at Aeon.co is about types of therapies that harm rather than help. And this one in The […]

To Kill a Mockingbird

I recently read To Kill a Mockingbird for a class I was taking. I first read it in high school. I liked it. I could relate to Jem and Scout. I found the social justice themes exciting. Reading it again thirty years later, though, was way better. There are several reasons why, I think, the […]

Contemporary Covers

I recently picked up a copy of The Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary Edition. It has a remastered version of the original 1981 album and a bonus disc of never before released songs recorded throughout the 70s. One of those songs is “Drift Away” recorded in 1974, just one year after Dobie Gray had […]

An Update

A little more than a month ago I wrote this post: Mental Health – Let’s Have This Conversation | Nutmegger Daily –. Every post since has been about mental health in one way or another. It seems like a good time for a check in. First, I am a little bit better. However, I still […]

Intrusive Thoughts

One of my least favorite symptoms of depression is the intrusive thoughts. (For the record, I don’t actually have any favorite symptoms.) Intrusive thoughts probably happen to everyone from time to time. I can’t be sure because of the problem of other minds and such, but psychologists claim it happens to everyone sometimes. There’s a […]

Pushing Through

One of the hardest parts about dealing with a mental health condition is that the world doesn’t stop to give you time to get better. That means, in large part because so many people don’t understand mental illness, there’s a lot of pressure to continue living your life as close to normally as you can. […]

Anxiety Screenings in Children Eight and Up

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is recommending anxiety screenings for kids as talked about here: Why a US task force is recommending anxiety screening in kids 8 and older (theconversation.com). I think this is a wonderful idea. I have one hesitation which I’ll get to, but this is mostly a huge step towards acknowledging […]