We're moving! Get our latest gender and identity coverage on washingtonpost.com.

Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

After being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder in 2018, I had to start taking medication for my mental health. Both the physical and mental side effects were brutal, and since my psychiatrist often wasn’t available, I ended up in the emergency room multiple times while trying to find the right medication. The process of finding the right prescription took months. During the wait, I realized my psychiatrist’s lack of availability is a symptom of a much larger problem — mental health services aren’t prioritized in the same way physical health services are.

When my plants wither, it feels like a reflection of my own setbacks

Taking care of myself and my plants can be an uphill battle

Kate not Katie: Why I dropped the ‘i’ in my name

As I got older, my name started to feel like a too-small sweater

My parents’ divorce stopped me from being the kid I wanted to be. Here’s how I healed.

I realized every family has their own story, and this is mine