I am a “Mestiza,” half Filipina, and half Black.  The stigma around mental health and illness in both the Asian and Black communities is prevalent.  My mother, born and raised in the Philippines, was confused, and called to a need for prayer upon my diagnosis.  For my father, born and raised in Philadelphia, he thought […]

Medical Minute

May 29, 2020

Stigma in the Asian and Black Communities

A la Mariah Carey – I really do know who this is. This is me, but I don’t know who this is anymore. My wasband reactived his IG for whatever reason, is still following me, and hasn’t removed any of our pictures. None of that is any of my concern though, no matter how weird, […]

Life

May 24, 2020

I don’t know her.

I should preface this by saying I have scheduled telework days. From December – March I had two days a week. When I switched companies and locations, the contract didn’t grant scheduled telework days, only ad hoc, until September when I got one scheduled telework day. Now, I enjoy scheduled telework days because that means […]

Life

May 17, 2020

The Truth About Working From Home

Let’s take a moment to discuss the diagnosis of a mental illness. Everyone who gets diagnosed with a mental illness does not always react the same way. Some people are relieved to finally have a name attributed to their symptoms, others are terrified, then there are those who have been ingrained with the stigma around […]

Life

May 7, 2020

Mental Illness is not One Size Fits All

“The most detestable sort of ignorance is the assumption that certain individuals are superior to “the masses” on the basis of the select few’s superior knowledge.” (Brian, 2014.) Back in 2008 when I was involved in talk therapy for clinical depression, my insurance allowed me a few visits for talk therapy. I never felt anything […]

Life

May 1, 2020

Intellectual Elitism Stopped me from Receiving Talk Therapy

If you’re on Facebook, you have undoubtedly come across the “Depression Tips” list. I’m here to tell you that, that’s an absolute crock of bullshit. Why is it bullshit? Well let’s look at number one on the list. “Shower. Not a bath, a shower.” You have got to be kidding me. I don’t know how […]

Life, Medical Minute

April 23, 2020

Depression Tips are Bull

You are more than… I saw this image and immediately thought of a post I had written in the past, What a Radiant Crescendo. In the post, I had discussed that without school, work, or a relationship, I felt as though there was nothing more to me. It took me some time to fully accept […]

Life

April 19, 2020

You are YOU

This post is about acceptance. I have been home and teleworking for over a month now.  Had I known I wouldn’t be stepping back into the office after my scheduled telework day, I would’ve taken a lot more home with me than what I did. Yesterday, I was actually able to commit to working without […]

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April 15, 2020

My New Normal

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