Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan is a memoir about the author's wife's experiences of mental illness, how that affected the family, and the difficult journey in the direction of recovery. The book's powerful opening line is the author's wife, Mia, saying "Pat, I am going to prison." At that point, she was first… Continue reading Book Review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is enmeshment. Enmeshment was first described by family therapist Salavador Minuchin. It occurs when there is an extreme lack of boundaries, which prevents healthy differentiation into autonomous individuals. It occurs most often in families, although it can happen in… Continue reading What Is… Enmeshment
I've been thinking lately about my inability to maintain relationships with people. Depression has caused me to shut a lot of people out of my life. Mostly I haven't given it much thought, but it dawned on me that it has to do with a sense of brokenness. My illness makes it hard to be… Continue reading Depression and Social Brokenness
I never would have thought that I would feel like a stranger in my own family. Depression changed everything, though. The present story I spent Christmas with my family this year. It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me. Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there… Continue reading Feeling Like a Stranger in My Own Family
Depression is a profoundly isolating illness, as many mental illnesses can be, and as my illness progresses in many ways I find myself evolving into a hermit of sorts.