For the most part, mental health issues don’t come with the extremely straightforward diagnostic criteria that many physical illnesses do. You can’t check for the presence of certain antibodies to identify depression or take an x-ray for anxiety. So how do psychiatrists and physicians differentiate between, say, sadness and major depressive disorder, or anxiousness and […]
Category Archives: Stories
Online therapy is a thriving field — with good reason. While research shows that face-to-face therapy can be more beneficial in a lot of contexts, online therapy is accessible to a lot of people for whom traditional therapy may be out of reach in cost or distance, or because of stigma. But where reputable online […]
From illustrator Kotaline Jones, a comic about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of depression. You can find more comics and illustrations from Kotaline Jones on her website. Her work deals with mental health, sexuality, and self-discovery — and the occasional video game, too.
Social anxiety and other mental health issues can make expressing yourself a challenge — which increases your anxiety — which makes expressing yourself even harder. This comic by Incidental Comics’ Grant Snider explores that particularly recursive issue.
At their best, our online communities can be sources of strength. At their worst, they can tear us down and do their best to destroy us. Twitch streamer Alinity has found herself at both those extremes in recent years, and this month, she’s opening up about the experience. A week ago, Alinity shared the video […]
Mental health often gets a bad reputation from the media. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I had no idea how misrepresented and misunderstood the condition really was. The symptoms of schizophrenia are exaggerated to an extreme degree in movies and shows alike. The portrayal of schizophrenics as violent killers is incredibly damaging to people […]
Anxiety can be a huge challenge in relationships, particularly when it keeps you from offering your partner the emotional support they need. This affects people of all sexual orientations, but there’s a host of reasons that anxiety can affect people in the LGBT community particularly, some of which come into play in this beautiful animated […]
Wrapping up mental health awareness month, enjoy this brilliant comic from Venezuelan illustrator yuroran.
Living with mental health issues is an ongoing challenge, one that can take more from us than people realize. For Mental Health Awareness Month, illustrator Tevy Khou shared this personal story about life with depression, anxiety and PTSD, and the cost of those struggles. Hope is healing, and it’s important to hold onto it — […]
This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]