Author Archives: Marie Shanley

What Kingdom Hearts Taught Me About Handling Mental Illness

“Yeah, there’s darkness inside me, just like you said. But darkness is my enemy! And you are, too, for making everything around here reek of it!“” -Riku, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 As a kid, I never owned a PlayStation. My family’s budget never prioritized a game console after they bought the Nintendo Entertainment System on sale […]

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How Depression and Anxiety Led Me To Build a Community

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get free counseling). But I knew something was up for a while. I recall being about five and bursting into tears seemingly out of nowhere and then asking my […]

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