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

When I was making this piece, I was switching from one medication to another. It was and still is an unpleasant few days full of uncertainty, random panic attacks and ill-advised Googling. It irritates me when people call antidepressants “happy pills” or infer that taking medication makes you weak, because starting on psychiatric medication is terrifying and full of unknowns. Instead, starting on medication is actually brave. It feels like playing an extremely unpredictable game with your own brain and the prize isn’t unnatural happiness but simply a feeling of normalcy.

As a new mom, I was inundated with advice. Here’s how I’m gaining confidence in my decisions.

How do you learn to navigate making choices for your child as a new mom?

Teaching made me realize adulthood is a myth. I want to show my students it’s okay to be human.

We’re all just humans, figuring it out one day at a time

I got breakthrough covid. It made me appreciate the vaccine more than ever.

Despite the odds, I feel very lucky