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I Had An Emotional Affair — And I’m Not Sorry

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That’s the tricky thing about an emotional affair. There isn’t a thing or act which defines it. It is full of gray areas.
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Ask Erin: I Need Help With Postpartum Depression

I’ve been trying to overcome postpartum depression for eight months, but there is no healing at all. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I’ve been trying to overcome postpartum depression for eight months, but there is no healing at all.

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Ask Erin: How Do You Deal With A Breakup When You Both Have Mental Illness?

How can I know either, let alone both of us, will be okay? (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

We both have mental illness. How can I know either, let alone both of us, will be okay after our breakup?

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How Books And Media Helped Me Through A Depressive Episode

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In a moment when I couldn’t write myself, it was the writing of others that brought me back from the brink of my depressive episode.

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I Have Compassion For Everyone Struggling With Depression Except Me

Depression is a disease of inaction, of paralysis. At least, that’s how it manifests for me.

With other people who are struggling with mental health issues, I am empathetic. But when it comes to my own depression, I am none of those things.

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The Complicated Question People Want To Ask: Why Were You Suicidal?

That desire to die is within us.

I realized all at once that folks who have not been suicidal do not understand what it means to be mentally ill and suicidal.

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The Time I Was So Depressed I Slept Under My Desk

I was really f*cking depressed.

I was depressed. My flatmate didn’t like me. I was depressed. The last train was at midnight, and I couldn’t always make it. I was depressed.

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I've Never Met The Nurse Who Saved My Life

The grief, pain, and misery of an illness lying in wait unsettles me — and yet, I must fight to sustain a life caught between existence and incessant stillness.

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On Chronic Mental Illness And Hospitalization 

If I don’t treat my depression as a real thing, how can I expect anyone else to?

Hospitalizations make me realize my own shortcomings when it comes to placing mental illness on the same plane as physical illness

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Learning To Love The Grey: Leaving Behind The Ghosts Of Loves Past In New Orleans

I’m here alone. I’m free and clear of all attachments.

Loving means giving up control. Releasing something to the universe. It’s not prescriptive. There is no place for black and white in love. It’s the ultimate grey.

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