Category: Behavioral Health

Essays about depression and suicide.

The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment

In my late teens and early twenties I knew what it meant to have a sense of purpose, but what I didn’t know was just how powerful its effect really was on my life. My discharge on January 11, 2008, was the first day… Continue Reading “The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment”

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day! Some of us have had suicidal thoughts in the past. Some of us are currently having suicidal thoughts. Some of us have put those thoughts into actions and have had abandoned attempts. Some of us have fully attempted… Continue Reading “World Suicide Prevention Day”

We Are Not the Burden, We Carry the Burden

I would like to share some personal things about myself that I have been experiencing as of late, just in case others can relate. First though, I want to provide some context for why I decided to share my recent experiences. In June, I… Continue Reading “We Are Not the Burden, We Carry the Burden”

The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth

These past several years I have really been noticing a significant rise in bravado, grandiosity, self-aggrandizing, and a false sense of social importance, particularly among young American men. This pretentious view that one is special and important, and that the choices they make have… Continue Reading “The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth”

How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence

Your first question after reading the title is probably “What is emotional impotence?” Emotional Impotence is a term sometimes used in behavioral health, also often called toxic positivity or chronic optimism, and refers to the act of compartmentalizing or dismissing negative and often traumatic… Continue Reading “How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence”

Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass

[Warning: this article contains discussions of suicide, caution is advised for readers who may be triggered by this subject] This writing was never intended for this website, but I have a lot to say and no other internet medium allows me unlimited space to… Continue Reading “Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass”

The Power of Hope on the Journey of Recovery

In this episode of the Ardent Axiom I reflect on how important hope is on the journey of recovery, as well as the other factors that aid in the process of healing after a mental health crisis or struggle with a substance use disorder.… Continue Reading “The Power of Hope on the Journey of Recovery”

The Right Mindset for a More Meaningful Life

Recovery: Hope is the Spark

My personal interest in behavioral health started two decades ago, through the things I began to experience at the age of 14.  I’m sharing this because that teenage version of me would have benefited from someone else defying stigma and having the courage to… Continue Reading “Recovery: Hope is the Spark”

When Life Hurts the Most

When Life Hurts the Most We are all broken, none of us are lucky enough to get through life unscathed. What sets some apart from the rest is that they learn and grow and become stronger in the broken places. Who are you? Who… Continue Reading “When Life Hurts the Most”