Surviving the first trimester when you have anxiety and depression

Congratulations! You have just found out that you are going to be a new mom. Not only does this mean bringing a beautiful and bouncy baby into this world, but it also means that the next nine months will be a hormonal and emotional roller coaster. Being pregnant and becoming a mom when you have … Continue reading Surviving the first trimester when you have anxiety and depression

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It’s been 5 years since my friend committed suicide: An open letter

You never really think that the time moves that quickly after a traumatic event in your life. I got a call that my beloved coworker and friend had died. I couldn't believe it- he was young and had just had a baby who was less than a year old. I didn't really comprehend how he … Continue reading It’s been 5 years since my friend committed suicide: An open letter

Netflix and Hill: The True Story Behind “Afflicted”

Jamison Writes

On August 10th Netflix released Afflicted, a seven-episode series in which I appear with six other chronically ill patients. Though I had high hopes for the series, and some parts were accurate, it has ultimately caused damage to the chronic illness community, portraying many of the participants as hypochondriacs and the illnesses they face as psychosomatic rather than their true physical nature.

I have debated about writing this blog post because in being honest about my experiences with Afflicted, I felt that might diminish my story and the stories of my fellow participants. I also didn’t want to diminish the work of some truly talented and genuine people who worked on the series and just happened to land a bad gig. But above all else I feel like this is an unjust outcome that needs to be brought to the public’s attention.

I’m not victimizing myself, or anyone…

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How To Understand Your Loved One’s Mental Health Struggles

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 10 adults are affected by depression. Common behaviors of those with depression include withdrawal, anger, flat expression, and even suicidal thoughts. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that more than 40 million people in the U.S. struggle with anxiety disorders and can … Continue reading How To Understand Your Loved One’s Mental Health Struggles