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What it’s like.

I often wish there was a way for other people to understand what it’s like to live with a life altering mental illness. Every time I meet another person I am doing my best to lock up any and all personality traits that will seem too invasive, too upsetting, too frightening.  I measure every word […]

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Sir Duke And The Armpit

So this happened today and it seemed too funny not to share it.  

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The Haircut

I’m a gal who’s been keeping a secret.  I have been pretending to be someone I’m not.  I’ve been sporting a long, drab pile of hair that isn’t becoming for too long.  I’ve been pretending to be someone’s granny, piling it all up in a neat little twisty bun and keeping it away from the […]

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Medication Speculation

One of the most challenging aspects of having psychiatric symptoms is the search for a medicine that can offer some relief to the sufferer, with the minimal amount of side effects interfering with the enjoyment of life. Meds come in different categories and target different parts of the brain. For example, this is an infographic […]

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Hello From Inside

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~ C.G. Jung The first time I consciously remember experiencing the effects of PTSD, was […]

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I’m Sorry Too.

It has always been my policy to walk away from difficult relationships without making a scene, and see what happens. It’s a win-win strategic move. If the person doesn’t notice your exit, or doesn’t seem to mind, you know the time to move on has arrived, and feel no guilt or doubt for your exit. […]

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Forward Momentum

  I laughed pretty hard when I saw this meme, but mostly because it was uncomfortably truthful.  I have been a bitch. The last six months have been brutal on my already damaged social life.  My feelings of helplessness and seething anger were further rritated by the unavoidable truth that there is no place around […]

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Cracks on memory lane.

I retain few memories of any given point in my past. If I consciously think of an event, I can sometimes pull up more information, but in general it is like I am only able to see snap shots of activity. Some events are so threatening to my conscious awareness that i have purposefully chosen […]

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Struggling with mental health and identity is not who I am, but rather a piece of the puzzle of who I have become.  More than anything I identify with being an artist, and being obsessed with exploring emotional intimacy.  I want to create spaces  where real dialogue  about important things can happen, without the constraints […]

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PTSD The Gift That Keeps Giving

I experienced the first of many remembered ‘switches’ between identies last August. I can only tell you that it is often so subtle as to be unnoticable, or so unmistakable that in hindsight, it seems odd it wasn’t picked up immediately. There are very clear triggers. One time in a playful moment, my husband picked […]