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Mental Health In the Work Place

Mental Health In the Work Place

Before diving in, I’d like to explain my word choice. Instead of “Mental Illness,” I will refer to it as “Mental Health Challenges.” I don’t like to use terms like “illness,” “issues”, or “problems.” The reason being is, unlike physical ailments, mental health plays a...

god does not love beyonce and me equally

god does not love beyonce and me equally

           At the age of 26, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Italy, and Ken Kesy published One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. At 27, I, Kellie Wood, cannot figure out the child safety lock on my bottle of CVS brand mouthwash.          ...

Being Okay with Being Bipolar

Being Okay with Being Bipolar

I don’t know if I will ever be the person I was before Bipolar 1 Disorder took control of my life.But maybe that’s okay. We, as humans, are always evolving, always changing. Sometimes forthe better. Other times, for the worse. It is hard to accept you are subjected to...

Happy (and not-so-happy) Holiday Season

Happy (and not-so-happy) Holiday Season

When most people think about the holiday season, they think of positive things like quality timewith family, traditions, and good memories. They’ll say “Happy Holidays!” to friends andstrangers alike, and while the intention is usually good, they fail to realize...

Remain Hopeful

Remain Hopeful

A few years ago I tried taking my own life. I jumped 35 feet onto concrete. My brother took his own life when I was 21 so I already felt genetically dispositioned. Right before I jumped I remember thinking all this was too much. I felt I had the weight of the world on...

A Week With Bipolar

A Week With Bipolar

drip drip drip drip The sound of my single serve coffee maker pours out a fresh cup this Monday morning. I start to write in my journal— a scale from 1 to 5. My therapist had me do this exercise ranking how I feel on any particular day; 1 being awful, 5 feeling like I...

How Writing and Films Saved My Life

How Writing and Films Saved My Life

I write stories that come from personal truths through authentic life experiences to voice the realities of the human condition to shed light in areas of our darkness. My perception of our world has been shaped and forged by a plethora of experiences; some filled with...

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