A Psychiatrist Endangered My Life and I Was Afraid to Speak Out

Mental health professionals have a lot of power. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve heard a story like this. Read on (and I’ll finish up my own post about my high school therapist).

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A sad stock photo until Jessica's illustration is finished.A very sad stock photo until Jessica’s illustration is finished.

Folks who have never struggled with their mental health seem to think of psychiatry as a quick and easy fix. Pop some happy pills and ta-daaaa! Your struggles will magically dissolve.

What these folks fail to understand (other than, like, how psychiatric medications actually work) is that, for many of us who are in the midst of mental illness or crisis, sometimes a psychiatrist’s office can be the most dangerous place for us to be.

When I was 18 years old, my therapist told me it was time to start thinking about medication to manage my bipolar disorder. I was suicidal, experiencing severe dissociation, and was dangerously depressed. I had experienced bipolar symptoms for most of my life, and we knew that medication to help regulate moods could be a game changer.

I went to a clinic that my…

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Akarnae = #1!!!

Here is some ordering information for non-Americans. (Would you believe that word is in my auto correct? ) Ahem. People not living in America may purchase copies of Akarnae at the links included here.

Lynette Noni

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has already taken advantage of the 99c special Amazon.com is running at the moment for Akarnae! Because of the sales, Akarnae has been bumped up to number #1 on the “Amazon Hot New Releases” page (USA) under the category for YA “Coming Of Age Fantasy Books” – which is seriously so exciting! Look – I took a screenshot and everything!


It’s also currently number #4 in the Australian Amazon’s YA “Action and Adventure Literature” category, listed just behind the massively famous new titles of authors Sarah J. Maas, John Grisham and Renée Ahdieh. I’d say it’s definitely in good company! Woohoo!

I would love for you guys to keep spreading the word about this for me – let’s face it, at 99c (US 77c) it’s a bargain! I’ll even send imaginary cookies (in your choice of flavour) to anyone willing to retweet, repost or…

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Congrats to the winners!

I read the first few chapters of Akarnae as a free sample from Kindle. I thought the author’s name looked familiar, and it turned out I was following her blog. I’ll be sure to blog about the book (sorry, no spoilers as it’s still too new) as soon as I finish it. If you haven’t read / bought the book yet, it’s on sale for 0.99 cents on Amazon until the end of the month.
Thank you, Lynette Noni!

Lynette Noni

Just a quick note to say congrats to the final three winners of digital copies of AKARNAE: Toni BetznerFind Me at the Library and dkstevens327 – WOOHOO! I hope you all enjoy!

Sorry to anyone who missed out, but if you’re interested, AKARNAE is still on sale with Amazon for just 99c until the end of the month – then it’s back up to the RRP again. If you’re considering having a read, I suggest taking advantage of the awesome special while you can!

Happy reading!

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DIY: Catnip Cat Toy

I was in a pet store, browsing the cat toys, when I noticed something that made me laugh.
“Nicholas, ” I called to my son. “What does this look like?” I pointed at one toy.
“It looks like one of your medication bottles filled with catnip!”
We came home and I made one. The cats love it. And I only paid $2 for a bag of catnip that filled four of these “toys”.

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To My Sorely Neglected Blog

Dear Blog,
I want to apologize for ignoring you the way I have.
As you know, Blog, I have quite a few posts that I am working on. There’s the one about the games I play instead of writing posts for you (a touch or irony, no?); the Amanda Palmer post, which is my first time researching on the internet; there’s the one from my birthday back in March which talks about the wedding I officiated and Internet Haters; the music posts such as 25 Songs in 25 Days and 50 Bands I’ve Seen Live; etc.
Considering this is a Free Write Blog, you’d think I’d simply write and post. But I’ve been wanting to make this blog more… more… something. More literary, more intellectual, more interesting.
One of the main problems I’ve had is that I am unable to write about what has been happening in my life for the past year. I will be able to, hopefully,  in September. For now, I’m stuck working around the main topics that are taking up head-space.
I’ve tried to keep readers interested by reblogging posts that I find interesting. And I do have the beginnings of more than a few of the things that have happened. Unfortunately, as this past year involves court and my son, I will have to tiptoe around them a bit.
I’m off to bed, hopefully to sleep. Please don’t feel I’ve forgotten you, dear Blog.

Blessed Be,

If you’re on http://www.dkstevens327.WordPress.com, check out http://www.writersgroup1.WordPress.com. And vice versa.
Blessed Be.

the semicolon project

This is a well-written piece that is worth a read. Hopefully the younger generations won’t have to face the discrimination that people my age and older have.


FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Mental Health Disorders in Teenagers

I’ve got agoraphobia and anxiety, and was diagnosed as chronic depressive as a teen. While I’m unhappy to find such a lovely girl has anxiety as well (we both have trouble with phone calls!), she has written a very good piece describing what it’s like.

Before I start this, I’d like to just notify that this is not a diagnoses, I’m not a doctor and this is mostly from a personal point of view. Take it how you like.

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How to Deal with a Bored Kid

My 10 year old son loves saying, “I’m bored.” I’ve tried using the phrase said to me, “only boring people get bored,” but to no avail. Here are some ideas.


School’s out! Yay! Now what?

Kids and parents who once looked forward to the summer break may suddenly find themselves dealing with the aggravation of a familiar complaint: “I’m bored!”

But boredom can also be an opportunity, according to Linda Caldwell, professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State.

“Boredom should be motivational,” she says. “It’s a sign that you need to change what you are doing and do something else.”

In fact, learning to beat boredom is a crucial life skill. Kids who are always bored in their leisure time, says Caldwell, are in danger of developing “long-term boredom, where nothing is ever interesting.” That long-term boredom has been linked to substance abuse, school drop out, and vandalism. And boredom doesn’t just come from having too few activities, Caldwell says. “It could be a sign you have too many.”

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