My Mental Health is a problem for me. I have Tourette’s Syndrome, which is usually accompanied by OCD, which is often accompanied by substance abuse and social anxiety. So there I am. Each of these essays are snapshots from my life. Written so I can gain more understanding about who I am.
Broke on Through - Jim Morrison and me. Facing fears and Social Anxiety.
A Private Struggle - My response to Methadone, written a month or so previous. Unlike many other resolutions, mine is unlikely to generate any back-slaps or congratulations.
When Everything is Going Well - A surprisingly upbeat and positive assessment of where I am after years of therapeutic writing and talk-therapy.
Race Day - We all have OCD. Watch any runner as she or he prepares for a race. Here's a portrait of mine.
Friends – a sad, depressing self-evaluation. Something I need to work on.
Social Media - ‘cause the tumbling dice and the luck of the draw just leads us on?
Robin - Robin Williams. A broken man, a fantastic actor. Bummed.
What if people purred? - Undisguised emotions would only help society.
Validation - Handing my parking stub to the bartender: "Can you validate me?" Bartender: "You're a wonderful person!"
Beer Running - An unlikely source of inspiration - joining a running group. Camaraderie AND beer.
Stuff - Exploring retail therapy – Women get a bum rap. Men are just as guilty and much better at it. For the most part, I can't seem to join in.
Scouts - None of us like Scouting, so why participate?
Out of the Closet - Pros and cons of going public with my Tourette's Syndrome diagnosis.
T-Shirt - It's hard to part with an old friend, especially when it is a ratty old tee.
Lather - Combine Nick Hornby's "Rob Flemming" with Jefferson Airplane's "Lather" and you have me.
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