What It Means to Self-Objectify and How We Can Stop Doing It

An obsession with the female form has existed for centuries across different cultures and geographic regions. An over-obsession with the female form without regard to personhood is self-objectification. Most of us are familiar with the idea of men seeing women as objects through behaviors such as catcalling or engaging in pornography, but what about women … Continue reading What It Means to Self-Objectify and How We Can Stop Doing It

The Lies My Depression Told Me

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, age 18 and older in a given year. I want to share some of the lies depression told me. I believe that clinical depression is a complex medical issue. It’s like an onion with many layers and each layer needs to be … Continue reading The Lies My Depression Told Me

Detoured. Again. What To Know When You Just Don’t Know

I was struck by this quote by my friend and Darling contributor Katherine Wolf from her newly released book Hope Heals: I imagine most of us have fairly straightforward pictures in our heads about what our lives will look like and who we’ll become. When something happens that is not inside the four corners of that picture we … Continue reading Detoured. Again. What To Know When You Just Don’t Know

What I Wish More People Understood About Living Sober

I grew up with stories about life under my grandfather’s roof: the parties and drinking, the rage and fights. Grandpa would abuse amphetamines during the day and alcohol in the evenings and through the night. One night when things were particularly bad, my grandpa broke my Nana’s nose. My mom, a young girl then, called … Continue reading What I Wish More People Understood About Living Sober