When a friend or loved one confides in you about their mental health, it can be difficult to respond appropriately. It's not uncommon to freeze--maybe hem and haw or awkwardly pat a shoulder before changing the subject to the Lions. If you take a moment and think about it, though, what an amazing opportunity you now have to deepen a relationship and affirm your love for a struggling soul!
I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Why we do what we do. Why we struggle or why we thrive. What urges our pursuits, and navigates our ambition? Everything (and I am beginning to believe everything) boils down to two driving or lacking factors in each of us: an individual's sense of purpose and belonging. Isn't it true we all want to know why we exist, and for whom we exist?
Rob sat across from me at a sleek white table on the patio of Detroit's New Order Coffee. The steam from each of our mugs twiddled with the dawn in the calm before the storm--the storm of emotions I knew would soon whirl out of control at the feet of a therapist named Justin.
This week, designer Kate Spade hung herself. Three days after, celebrity-chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room. Suicide. Avicii, Verne Troyer, and Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison were some of 2018's other victims of mental illness. As those who live the lives we've always wanted continue to take their lives away, the rest…
I took to my Facebook page to ask friends and followers a simple question: What products have helped you with depression and anxiety? The response I got was so extensive that, despite my original intent for the question, I opted to share their answers on Dadding Depressed. There are A LOT of great ideas in…
Because guys tend to call depression by the names anger, irritability, stress, nights alone, promiscuous sex, pornography, masturbation, one-more-drink, most mislabel the deeper issue and, in turn, fashion themselves into ticking timebombs. Words like depression, anxiety, suicide simply aren't in the vocabulary of a macho-man, and internalization is all we know.
How could suicidal thoughts offer a person a sense of relief? How does someone try to grasp for hope by teasing an act of hopelessness? And for certain people in certain circumstances at certain times, why does the thought of suicide feel so damn good?
We've all heard the terms mental health and mental illness, but what does it mean to be mentally responsible? Mental responsibility is an individual's practice of maintaining control over their mental, emotional, and physical response, and if, in any of those ways, the person feels out of control, they actively seek out help and support.
I've developed a nuanced approach to Dadding Depressed. Rather than seeing myself as a lofty, mysterious, and detached voice into the darkness of mental illness, I'm beginning to see myself more as a facilitator on a platform for vital conversation.
In the wake of the Douglas High school shooting, mental health is bubbling on our tongues in conversations like stomach acid. Why is it we only talk about mental illness when the guns are smoking? And just how linked are murder and mental health?