Feeling like a teenage girl: On being shamed into emotional silence

cn: mental illness, emotions, shame You are a teenage girl, and you are experiencing all the dramas and heightened emotions that they told you would come. They tell you that you will grow out of them and that with time you will stop feeling so violently. But they lie. You do not learn to deal … More Feeling like a teenage girl: On being shamed into emotional silence

I kill group chats (and other social anxieties)

cn: social anxiety I swear, emojis will be the death of me. As if I wasn’t already an unforgivably overzealous user of exclamation marks, those deceivingly innocuous little faces with their little mouths scream to all my online acquaintances that I do, indeed, possess zero levels of chill. I’m a shy person, but something about … More I kill group chats (and other social anxieties)

Fireworks

cn: mental illness, depression, guilt, hurting others, confusion, being drunk This is a note on my phone that I wrote on Fireworks’ night 2016. I had just met depression and was only just starting to learn how confusing, contradictory and insidious it is. I went on a lot of late night walks by myself in … More Fireworks

Time [for you] to talk

cn: mental illness You post that it’s hashtag time to talk. I respond that you should practise what you preach. Now, if we’ve finished exchanging clichés, can we actually say something? Don’t get me wrong, any positive mental health message is a GOOD thing, for raising awareness and removing taboos if nothing else. But while … More Time [for you] to talk