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Author: Katie Clarke

The Gifts Our Pets Give Us

The Gifts Our Pets Give Us

How My Cat Made My Life (and Mental Health) Better When I was 10, I asked for a puppy for Christmas. And so, in the early months of 2002, I was taken to one of the local humane societies on the condition that I would
Messy Head, Messy Bed: My Life with ADHD

Messy Head, Messy Bed: My Life with ADHD

Around springtime of fifth grade, the truth I had been keeping from my mom made its way into the light. My fifth-grade teacher finally spilled the beans about the state of my classroom desk. "We call it The Black Hole," she said, smiling a little
Slow Down, Spoonie Jo

Slow Down, Spoonie Jo

You Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Have It’s easy to push too hard. When my tally of energy is spent, I borrow against the next day, always thinking I’ll make it up when I get to whatever arbitrary day I’ve deemed a “day of
7 Reasons to Start Pen Paling

7 Reasons to Start Pen Paling

Trigger warning: Dissociation Writing is fun! It’s one thing to send a text message or make a post on social media, but to hand write a physical letter is a wonderful experience that can’t be paralleled. In my experience, writing helps to center my thoughts
You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Trigger Warning: Abuse Depression; it happens to all of us. Whether it is due to sadness or stress, everyone should be aware that it is a serious mental disorder and must be taken seriously. We have all been in situations where our mood gets the
Life’s a Road Trip and Here’s the Playlist

Life’s a Road Trip and Here’s the Playlist

As someone who’s been on many a long road trip, I can personally say it’s crucial to have the right tunes (or the right podcast) on the road with you. Whether you’re operating as both the driver and the DJ or you have a DDJ
How Can I Do Better?

How Can I Do Better?

Questions I have for Someone Living with Mental Illness I may be someone who likes to boost others in their endeavors to be more open about their mental illness but I have a confession: I know I’m not doing the best I can. Part of
Learning Coping Mechanisms

Learning Coping Mechanisms

Sometimes the Struggle is a Daily Battle I have struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life. I started therapy a few years ago and it was the best thing I could do for my mental health. I learned some important coping mechanisms,
A Work In Progress

A Work In Progress

Working on Yourself is Ongoing I am 29, but my progress actually started last May. It was around that time I found ITA. May 2018 was the biggest change and shake up in my life. My wife of five years had betrayed me, was trying
Getting Down and Dirty With Self Care

Getting Down and Dirty With Self Care

It’s Not All About Having Wine In A Bubble Bath Self care It’s the big buzzword right now isn’t it? You can find all kinds of articles online about how to be kind to yourself, go for a walk, have that bath, drink that wine,