Stories tagged mental-illness

Valentine's Day

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I first met you in a February, but my best early memory is of your deep and sweaty tan. You'd been to Florida, I ran into you in the market, the sight of your tan made me hard for your pale parts. It was summer, you were dressed all in white, I invited you…

Brighter than Bright

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The snow continuues to fall in slow motion, the world unhurried and deliberate. But inside my head, everything accelerates...


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...all I see are smoky-white trails of spent fireworks...

Anhedonia (excerpt)

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Things have happened. It’s a given. What, are you crazy? Of course things have happened. It’s the world, for Christ’s sake. Things are happening. I am consistently missing most, if not all, of them.

Anhedonia (excerpt 2)

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Crazy. I really hate when people use that word.

The Snake Pit

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They come in my room without knocking and I'm nekkid.

When You're Riding Home From Work

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if you want to see it from the best angle


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“I hate when people just wheel a cart home instead of carry the bags home. It's some ghetto ass shit.”


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"Mommy is going to learn how to clean the oven," I said to my son. I was really talking to my husband. Unhappy spouses do that. They put on a show in front of the kids.

The Art of Madness

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He had an addiction to elevating himself to higher levels of potential: some would call this ambition.


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If I came home and she had peed, even after I walked her in the morning before I left, I would tighten up my whole face and shoulders, so I wouldn't hit her, and I would grab her by the tags collar, and I would hiss at her what she needed to know, what sh

The Short Life Of Shapes On Sun-Kissed Eyelids

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She sees Connick Jr. now has a microphone. He is singing “All of Me” as if he meant her to take all of him.

For days I could speak only in clichés

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through the depression. / I felt, without a body, something in agony / or maybe a body without a soul, stiff

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Insomniac

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Lithium saved my life. Lithium almost killed me. Lithium is the treatment of choice for bipolar disorder. The “Anti-Suicide” pill. No other medication has been shown to be more effective. But the window between…

Waist Deep in Tissue Packs

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It didn't matter if they burned or not.