Depression: This Is A Fight We All Have To Do Together

It’s 80 degrees and sunny for everyone in Southern California, but for me it feels like a gloomy day in Seattle, cloudy and grey. This is what my life looks, and feels like when my depression hits. Without warning, my whole day or evening changes from bright to dark, and the thing about it is, I have no idea when …

Actress Kiersten Warren Traces the Roots of Her Anxiety

Roots tether us to our beginnings. To our source. Who we are and where we come from. But what happens when the calamitous power of our roots take over and disastrous consequence is the result? Case in point, the gorgeous tree in our front yard whose roots recently thought it was a good idea to annihilate our plumbing and send …

‘Stumptown’ Actress On Learning to Cope With PTSD From Sexual Assault

I am a woman and actress who is and might always be recovering from PTSD. I grew up with two agoraphobic drug-addicted parents. Needless to say, there was plenty of trauma to overcome.  Coming from parents who suffer from mental illness, it’s not only the mental illness that must be overcome, it’s also their learned coping skills.  I also grew up …

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Daniella De Jesus on Battling Social Anxiety

Being an actor with social anxiety disorder around other actors can be quite difficult. So many of them have big shiny personalities and pretty faces and it’s easy to feel eclipsed or swallowed up or like there’s no space for scared, quiet me. And maybe I’ll get a brief moment of courage to say something but no one will hear …

It’s Not Just “An Attack of Nerves” – My Battle With Anxiety

Most people have at least a passing familiarity with depression, but only a vague understanding of depression’s mostly-ignored sibling, anxiety. As a result, those of us who live with chronic anxiety get short-shrift when what can be a crippling condition is reductively described as “an attack of nerves.”  As someone who makes her living in front of a television camera …

Am I Addicted to Adderall?

During sessions with my psychiatrist, three to four times a year, there is a standard refrain. Me: “Any new studies or info on the negative effects of Adderall?” Doc: “Nothing new in the last 50 years.” When pressed, my doctor will say, “If I were concerned, I wouldn’t allow my sons to take it.”   In an average week, I take …