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Author: Katie Clarke

The Ghost of Christmases Past

The Ghost of Christmases Past

I miss the kind of Christmases I had growing up. I suppose it's the same for a lot of people. But now, living so far away from my family and not being able to see them at Christmas I think my childhood Christmas memories have
Twas the Night Before Jingletime

Twas the Night Before Jingletime

*This post is specifically related to the ITA? podcast and is rife with references to different episodes, including the use of the name "Karen" to provide a name by which to directly address a person's mental illness. Twas the night before Jingletime, the evening was
Holiday Hype Playlist

Holiday Hype Playlist

Ahh, the holiday season. A time when we are asked to reflect on the past year and celebrate through traditions. Oftentimes, those traditions are intertwined with music. Whether it be listening to Christmas songs while placing gifts under the tree, or humming “Dreidel, Dreidel” in
Awkward Holiday Party Moments

Awkward Holiday Party Moments

Ever tried to come up with an excuse to NOT go to a holiday party?  Let’s be honest, many of these parties are terrible for any number of reasons including but not limited to bad music, gross food, cheap booze, gaudy decorations, unoriginal ugly sweaters,
Handling the Holidays

Handling the Holidays

Trigger Warning: Mention of depression/anxiety Christmas time is a lively time for many; spending time with family and old friends and exchanging gifts under the tree. It’s a time of tinsel and eggnog and colorful lights on illuminating displays on houses. Many indulge in the
100% Not Normal and 100% Okay

100% Not Normal and 100% Okay

Trigger Warning: mention of death, depression There was never a moment I knew. I just always assumed from age 12 that something was wrong with me and that something wasn’t right in my head. I just pushed it down by throwing myself into fandom, school,
After the End

After the End

Trigger Warning: suicide attempt, self-harm The Discovery Like a movie cliche, the room faded from pitch black into focus. Everything smelled and tasted like aspirin. It took me a minute to collect my thoughts and wow. Hell seemed to look a lot like my best
Why Fall Means So Much to Me

Why Fall Means So Much to Me

“Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.” – Peggy Toney Horton I have an
What does it mean to be ‘Other?’

What does it mean to be ‘Other?’

*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. I remember the first time I heard someone mention ‘other’ as a descriptor.
Resource: What Is A Trigger?

Resource: What Is A Trigger?

*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. Trigger warning: Brief discussion of common triggers such as PTSD, Death of a