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Author: Katie Clarke

My Gay Hero

My Gay Hero

*Name changed to protect identity Is that a bird?  Is it a flag flapping in the wind?  Is it a foreign unidentified flying object that will be on people’s minds for many years?  Gosh no, it is Raaj,* someone I have known for over twelve
Grasping for Hope: Depression, Failure, and Self-Care

Grasping for Hope: Depression, Failure, and Self-Care

Trigger Warning: anxiety, depression, sickness, job loss, pandemic Three Months Ago Every visit to social media is filled with college classmates getting married and having babies. Their careers are blossoming. A cousin decided she wanted to change careers, so she went back to school online
A Professional’s Take

A Professional’s Take

Interview with Dr. Julie Kinn Here on the Is This Adulting? Blog, we’ve had the privilege of sharing the stories of many people who have spoken about how mental illness and mental health have played a role in their lives, as well as their thoughts
Mental Health in Engineering and the Beauty of Fury

Mental Health in Engineering and the Beauty of Fury

Trigger Warning: Bullying I am a graduate student in electrical engineering, but I tend to hate saying it as a cisgender female because I hate that everyone tells me “oh you must be smart” or “wow I could never do that.”  My responses tend to
Anxiety Girl Awakens

Anxiety Girl Awakens

Trigger warning: illness/COVID-19 Hey there, Besties!  How are you all doing? How is your brain coping with being shut up in the house? Hopefully you are well, healthy physically and mentally. Personally, I’m sort of enjoying being “allowed” to be home so much. I am
For Carol

For Carol

Trigger warning: loss Death is an odd business. In my ripe age of 27, the grim reaper isn’t something I fear. I’ve been hearing from a young age the only sure things in life are “death and taxes” well before I knew what either meant.
Resource: Explaining Depression

Resource: Explaining Depression

*This is one of a series of posts we are planning for our readers to use as a tool to help someone in their life better understand the tenets of mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults
A Work in Progress – Part Two: Is This Progress?

A Work in Progress – Part Two: Is This Progress?

Trigger Warning: Abusive Relationship Also: Spoilers for Steven Universe and RWBY THE GOOD NEWS Steven Universe, RWBY, their stories, their characters, and their songs mean more to me than any other art that I have ever encountered. The songs trigger frisson in me more than
Resource: Explaining Anxiety

Resource: Explaining Anxiety

*This is one of a series of posts we are planning for our readers to use as a tool to help someone in their life better understand the tenets of mental health. While awareness of mental health struggles is becoming a more common subject in