I stayed in the psychodynamic therapy game for far too long largely because I was afraid of "breaking up" with therapists.
At the time I was suffering most from the mental illness, everyone from my friends to my GP failed to understand what was wrong with me. Here's how I got better.
It involved talking to a cushion and beating the shit out of an ironing board in a sweaty basement with a chubby guy in his underpants.
Death makes us vulnerable, incoherent and depressed. Death doulas are here to help.
How do you stray from the path your parents set out for you?
We talked to sociologist Andrew Scull about his new book 'Madness in Civilisation', which traces the history of mental health disorders over 3000 years.
The first week I stopped taking Effexor I spun out into an anxiety hole so deep that it felt less like anxiety and more like I was in a battle with actual demons.
My anxiety disorder can make me feel like I'm trapped in a cyclone of negative thoughts and fear. But like many mental health conditions, with the right treatment and techniques, life is very liveable.
More people below the age of 35 die from suicide in this country than any other reason. This is what it's like to reach a point where death seems like the only rational option, but also how the experience can be a catalyst for recovery.
With limited resources, donors and relief agencies often bypass funding psychological counseling for more obvious essentials like food and shelter. But it could be a key component in the lasting recovery for the world's refugees.
I pictured a thief named Alfred wearing clogs and holding a loaf of bread, but I'm pretty certain he was just a figment of my imagination, not me 400 years ago.
It seems like all the cool mentally ill people are on Wellbutrin. OK, maybe not cool, but like, my mentally ill friends.