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All excellent points. The one caveat is that all these colors wash out partially or completely for color-blind, blue-light-blocking, and dark mode users. Shape and contrast are critical for visibility in these cases.

Personally, I wear safety lenses that filter HEV (high energy violet - the most harmful type of blue light). With these lenses, blue and green are mostly indistinguishable (e.g. shades of dark grey or black). Red looks like a pick-tinted shade of light grey, while yellow "pops" next to grey and red only when heavily saturated. …


Wow - glad you were well enough - and sober enough - to recognize these early warning signs and get help! Definitely a key benefit of sobriety!


Hilarious! Your food narrative is amazing - my mouth is watering! And Love how your friend responded to the marriage proposal BOL. Also really appreciate the explanation of local idioms. I feel like I was there!


Highlights the problem with "armchair psychotherapy" - we see/hear based on our own experiences and preferences and conduct a run-away train of analyses with our own imaginations.

If you don't mind, I'd like to share your story in my professional development series when I start teaching again. I love being able to share fun, real-world stories that have broader implications for professional practice.


Stigma

Reflections on mental illness and society

Music artist, Rihanna,  imprisoned behind bars, wearing lenses that make her eyes appear to have rolled back in her head
Music artist, Rihanna,  imprisoned behind bars, wearing lenses that make her eyes appear to have rolled back in her head
Disturbia Music Video Screenshot by Tomica on Wikipedia | Fair Use for Commentary Purposes

🎶 Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum 🎶

That was embarrassing —
Took the dog out for a walk
Was barely able to get the leash on him, to begin with
The neighbors must think I’m drunk.

Barely made it back in the house —
Couldn’t walk in a straight line
Followed the dog, but he can’t see either
Blind leading the blind.

Even as I type —
Doubles is what I see
Blurry doubles at that
My fingers lead me.

Geodon
Lamotrigene
Abilify
Oxycarbazipene

Zyrtec
Ritalin
Benadryl
Melatonin

Omega 3s
Busparin
Calcium
Multi-Vitamin

Everyday —
Poppin’ pills
Morning, noon…


Depression

All your worst friends were there

Angry person standing outside in the rain surrounded by happy cats and dogs falling from the sky
Angry person standing outside in the rain surrounded by happy cats and dogs falling from the sky
Raining Cats and Dogs | Bitmoji

Depression showed up out of nowhere.
You were feeling great — or at least grateful — and BAM!
You found yourself crying for no reason 😭
and wallowing in regret.


Humor

One-Clap Confessions and Witness Testimonies

A nun walking through angry crowd and ringing a bell in sync with declarations of “Shame. Shame. Shame.”
A nun walking through angry crowd and ringing a bell in sync with declarations of “Shame. Shame. Shame.”
Author’s image in shame gif made with Reface App

Yes, I confess. It was me — your newbie reader and a member writer, no less.

I’m the one who gave you the clap — like literally, a single clap.

You poured your heart out, bore your soul.
Made me cringe, sniffle, and fold over from my chair.
I rolled on the floor laughing (or sobbing) and such.
Your stories always moved me so very much!
I had no idea I was offending you by only clapping once.

I read each post carefully and marked it up with highlights.
I even left a comment to thank you for your insights.
(I admit…


Memoir

Or kind words from people on the Internet

Thank You note that says “Thanks for existing in my little galaxy” attached to a small, colorful bottle
Thank You note that says “Thanks for existing in my little galaxy” attached to a small, colorful bottle
Message and a Bottle by Donald Tong from Pexels

Insightful, intelligent, and beautifully written

While writing a memoir about my own childhood trauma, as part of my therapeutic process, I wanted to share some of the inspiring messages of support I have received from readers. I’ve included links to the parts of the story available online so far. There’s a lot more I haven’t shared yet, so I’m curating all these supportive comments for inspiration to keep telling my truth when truth-telling gets hard to tell.

Brave girl. I commend you. Even for talking about it now. I’m so glad you escaped from that demon.

You are not a…

April M. Hamm (she/they)

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