I used to be really big on diagnosing things. I think I’ve even written in the past about how receiving a mental health diagnosis of my own was a very liberating experience. It was like I could finally put a name to my pain, and it provided me a pathway to treatment. That’s what I… Read More


At some point in my life, I became a skeptic. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but a part of me developed that just didn’t believe things were ever quite what they seemed to be. Granted, this has served me well at times, but to a large degree it has produced in me a… Read More


It is indeed the Fourth of July in these United States of America, and the word “freedom” is on my mind today. In fact, it’s been on my mind quite a bit lately, since I suddenly seem to have so much of it.… Read More


As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I recently completed my time as a practicum student at Murray State University. This represented my first, real, hands-on experience as a counselor since I came back to school to obtain my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. It was daunting and downright scary at times, and I… Read More


Hello! It’s difficult to believe I haven’t written anything here since August, but that is indeed the case. Quite a few things have transpired since my last post, so for those of you wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to, here is a quick summary…… Read More


It’s interesting what you can run across when you search Google News results for “depression.” Check out this article from Time magazine on a new depression treatment that is showing some promise.https://widestass.com/https://widestass.com/categories/… Read More


Another day, another shared link. I know, I know, I’m sort of cheating by simply posting links to what other people have written, but some things are just too good not to share. Check out what actress Kristen Bell recently had to say about her experiences with depression. http://motto.time.com/4352130/kristen-bell-frozen-depression-anxiety/  https://widestass.com/https://widestass.com/categories/… Read More


Back in February, my doctor put forth an interesting theory on my depression. He wondered if perhaps the reason I wrestled so much with being depressed might be because I wasn’t getting adequate sleep at night. I was already taking a drug designed to alleviate the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, so my doctor wondered… Read More


Ah, the end of the semester. That time when a graduate student such as myself can relax and breathe a little bit … well, that is, until summer classes begin in two weeks or so. Since I’ve written about it before, I’m not going to go into how difficult it is to write anything here… Read More


Friday night is always movie night at my house, hence the lack of a post from yesterday. Here is a movie that touched me in a particularly unique way. ———- Sometimes you just need to be sad. I just finished watching the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. Several people in the counseling program I am part… Read More