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


On a whim, I recently applied for a job reading meters for the local city utility system. The pay was decent, and I thought maybe the chance to get outside and do some work might help me get back at least a little of the energy I’ve been so sorely lacking as of late. Certainly… Read More


Sometimes I wish I just had the flu. You know, you have a sore throat, a fever, a cough, maybe even a little upset stomach. There are very visible, outside symptoms. You can go to the doctor, he (or she) can look at you and compare the data in front of them to what they… Read More


“I got depressed just reading about that.” These were the words of someone I recently directed to a link on the internet concerning persistent depressive disorder (or dysthymia or dysthymic disorder). I was attempting to give them some insight into the type of depression I have been diagnosed with. Most people I run into don’t… Read More


This, my friends, is a drink order known as the “Four Provinces.” This particular selection of Irish beers can be obtained at the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. It consists of Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny beers. I can’t remember now which brand was the oldest, but I… Read More


A very, very dear friend of mine emailed me several months ago after reading on my blog that I was no longer attending counseling for my depression. I replied that my counselor felt like I had made enough progress to manage my Persistent Depressive Disorder (also known as Dysthymia) on my own, then I joked… Read More


I’ve been putting this off for a while now. I knew I was supposed to do it, but I didn’t want to. I’ve been piddling around on my other blog, hoping the idea would go away, but it kept getting stronger. My complete lack of qualifications and my persistent fear of not being good enough… Read More