Getaway Cars: Using HSAM to Escape the Present

It’s February 5th, and I am alive.  I said this to myself over and over again while doing some mindfulness meditation before work. Mindfulness meditation has helped me substantially as I have adopted the practice over the past year. The goal is to be in the present moment. This is a challenge for me having […]

Is Dating with HSAM Different? I Don’t Know, You Tell Me.

The number one question I can always count on being asked, specifically, in a TV interview about HSAM, whether it’s a local news segment or 60 Minutes, is: “What is your dating life like?” It’s always towards the middle of the interview. The person interviewing me will pause and say “so…I have to ask…”, and […]

We All Need Somebody to Lean On

I remember the moment I realized my mental illness was a joke. On August 14th, 2011 I was in Door County, Wisconsin with a group of my high school friends. For those of you who are not familiar with Door County, think of it as the Hampton’s of the upper Midwest. Although I knew a […]

Indisposable Objects: My Journey of Overcoming OCD

One of the first things I learned becoming a mental health advocate in college was that every personal story about a mental illness needs to end with treatment. Why? Well, if we just share stories of our battles with mental health issues and stop at the parts where we felt defeated, our narrative doesn’t give […]

Wearing Pigtails and Hoarding Movie Tickets: Living with OCD

In order to figure out where my future could go with HSAM, it turned out I had to start by digging deeper into my past. I want to start by telling you about the bain of my existence in Catholic elementary school: card changes. Did anyone else have these? It was a discipline system made […]

Getting Tested

The word “test” has meant a lot of different things in my life. As a student it was taking an exam in history or math to measure  how much I had retained from class lectures and homework assignments. As a competitive figure skater, testing meant skating in front of a panel of judges who determined […]

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