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  • Thoughts on My Asexuality

    It wasn’t until later on in high school that I figured out the truth. At that point, the only partners I’ve had were ones where a third party set me up with them, so I played along. I learned about asexuality online. I connected the dots and realized that I was asexual, rather than straight. This did not seem earth-shattering when I discovered it.

    My Experience with Schizoaffective Disorder (Ava)

    Trigger warning for description of psychotic hallucinations, mentions of drug addiction & alcoholism

    Schizoaffective Disorder, a fusion between Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, combines the symptoms of both. I was diagnosed with it three years ago after a lifetime of Bipolar I with psychotic symptoms. I could say the results were shattering, but in a way the diagnosis was a relief: to have a name for the paranoia, the white vans following me whenever I left the house, an explanation for the voices, the dialogue constantly critiquing my actions. The schizophrenic break came that terrifying summer after graduating from an MFA program with no prospects and huge debt, but perhaps I should begin at the beginning.

    My Experience with Bipolar II Disorder (Hanners)

    Trigger warning for description of a suicide attempt, and discussion of sexual assault.

    All my life, I’ve been told by those around me that I am highly intelligent, and could do just about anything I set my mind to. I got good grades in school, for the most part (though they dropped a fair bit close to graduating high school), and was known as a happy-go-lucky kid that always found the positive side of just about anything (or anyone).

    Redefining My Dreams

    A terrible crime has been committed, a brutal murder. The suspect? Mental Illness. The victim? My dreams. In the past 3 years, I have gone from a successful professional with a promising career and a wonderful loving partner, to an emotional wreck, unsure if I am even able to hold down a full time job anymore.

    Celexa Quick Facts

    Celexa is an antidepressant drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat major depression, and is prescribed off-label for a number of anxiety conditions. Other Brand Names: Cipramil Generic Name: Citalopram. Primary Uses: Depression Other Uses: Anxiety Panic Disorder Dysmorphic Disorder OCD Availability: […]

    Cymbalta Quick Facts

    Cymbalta is an antidepressant in the SNRI (selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) class. Other Brand Names: none Generic Name: Duloxetine Primary Uses: Major Depressive Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder Stress Urinary Incontinence (Europe only) Other Uses: Diabetic Neuropathy Fibromyalgia Availability: 20mg, 30mg, 60mg capsules Contraindications: Any known hypersensitivity to Cymbalta Concurrent use of MAOI’s Uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma […]