Posts tagged mental health
Swapping the Scalpel For the Pen: Navigating My Way Through Anxiety at University

“Panic attacks are difficult, if not impossible to predict and stop. You think you feel fine, you’re enjoying yourself at a party for example, and just ever so slightly, something tilts a little askew and the angle of your perceived reality…”

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Maybe It's Not Butterflies, But a Fear of Further Violation

“My back was to the door and I was seated, hunched over a large piece of graph paper and talking to the other girls. As I worked, I didn't hear him come back, but suddenly, I felt his hands on my chest. He squeezed for a few seconds, and then said, "I think your bra is too small." Then he walked over to his spot and continued working…”

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A Refocusing of My Energy: How an Instagram Challenge, a Grandmother With Dementia, and The Loss of a Friend Helped Me Refocus

"‘Last summer was still a phase of frustration riddled with questions like, ‘where’s my car?’, statements like, ‘THEY took my house’, and just not wanting help at times despite desperately needing it. This summer there are fewer questions fueled by anger and more confusion, but…”

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On Forgiveness/Letting Go: Revisiting a Painful Relationship Years Later

“He changed as soon as we married; he had it in his mind that marriage meant he owned me. I lived with him and his family and never had a voice of my own. There were cultural boundaries, but the worst of it was his emotional and physical abuse toward me. At the time, I felt I had nowhere to go…”

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Sexual Assault: The Ugly Truth You Didn’t Want to Hear


“It is nothing like what we see on TV. It isn’t a random stranger attacking you in a park at night and it doesn’t end with justice. The victim doesn’t go back to her normal life since her attacker is locked up. No. This is real life and most likely, your attacker will go free. Sexual assault is ugly. It is brutal. It’s not a stranger; it is your neighbor, your boss, your friend or acquaintance…”

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Coming Out as Myself: Thoughts on Being a Mentally Ill, Queer Asian Woman

“My identity disturbance comes from a lot of places, but it begins with the gaps in my memory, especially from before I was 12. I can describe my childhood as three things: patchy, hazy, and traumatic. I can remember very little of what I was like as a child, what my life was like, and the abuse I suffered, but even these recollections are incomplete…”

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I Know That There’s a Word For What Happened To Me: On Defining Sexual Assault

“I could have said no. I should have said no. But I knew what he would become if I did. I knew how the pleading would turn into threats and how quickly his respect would dissolve into fury. I had seen him angry before; I had cleaned up broken glass and taped posters back on walls…”

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