i have adhd

Hi, my name is Alissa and I have ADHD. Before I get too far in, I want to clarify who this post is for and who it is not for. This post is for anyone out there who might be able to relate, who might be on or about to start the journey to understanding… Continue reading i have adhd

sad

I'm not sure I'm feeling a little sadness or am experiencing the first signs of a depressive wonky period of life (mostly my wonky brain is anxious or disorganized). I've had two major depression episodes in my life, one in high school and one in college, each starting about 4 years apart. I'm a year… Continue reading sad

relationships & wonky brains

[You know I didn't proofread this. I know it's a reflection on me and that sucks but proofreading is boring and I'm not a professional blogger and you more or less can still get the point even with a typo or ten. When I read this again in thee days I'll be horrified at all… Continue reading relationships & wonky brains

on silence

I'm feeling more in touch with myself than I have for a while. I owe that to taking the last few days to "de-noise" my life. I was feeling overstimulated by work (preschoolers are beautiful little universes but they aren't exactly known for being tranquil or low maintenance) and by a host of thoughts needing… Continue reading on silence

on happiness

My mom sent me a quote this morning as I sat in a coffee shop journaling. "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams." - Ralph Waldo Emerson It's not important I'm in a coffee shop (btw here's how I feel about coffee) but I only mention it so I can brag… Continue reading on happiness

The Mental Immune System | Part Two

A few weeks ago we started talking about the mental immune system. In part one, we got the boring elements out of the way (eating health food, exercising regularly, and sleeping enough). Today, I want to focus on: connection. I have found genuine connection to be vital for my mental health because it is grounding.… Continue reading The Mental Immune System | Part Two

The Mental Immune System | Part One

My sophomore year of college, I was really depressed. Within that year, there was a period of time where I was even suicidal. (If you've been following my blog for awhile, you already know that.) I remember, back then, searching the internet for how to not be that way. Whenever I read things like get enough… Continue reading The Mental Immune System | Part One

Comparison

I think we have all, at one point or another, been trapped in the icky, sticky comparison game. Maybe it was a coworker who excels at the job, a social media friend who has it all together, a couple whose relationship is dreamy, or a person with a shared passion whose craft or business is… Continue reading Comparison

So you’re in deep

(that's what she said) Immature jokes aside, I'm talking about being deep in a dark, wonky brain hole. Maybe you can't even see the light when you look up. Maybe it's too cold to feel anything and you have no energy left to move. Or maybe it's so burning hot you can't think straight because… Continue reading So you’re in deep

Strategies for the Wonky Brain – Part 3

Hi! If you're new here, my name's Alissa and I'm passionate about writing about wonky brain, specifically about strategies for managing it and working through it. Oh, and wonky brain is my term for what would generally speaking be called anxiety and depression. For some reason, I feel like calling it wonky brain gives me… Continue reading Strategies for the Wonky Brain – Part 3