MENTAL ILLNESS: Time to go be a lab rat.

The time has come for me to take off for Kansas City.  I’ve signed up to be a test subject in an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression.  I’m honestly more giddy about this than I thought I would be. First, I get pictures of my brain.  Michaelyn has pictures of her brain.  We’re going [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: Today’s session.

Sorry for the late start, I just got out of my third session with “Harold.” Both therapists I’ve seen at KU start sessions by asking me if there’s anything I want to work on.  This always seems so strange to me.  It’s like sitting down with a doctor and having him ask, “What treatment do [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: BDSM or Neuroscience?

You choose:   I was apprised of what I’ll have to do once I’m in the fMRI scanner.  I’m not going to say it here just yet because I don’t want any preconceived notions about what they’re trying to ascertain. I’m not smart enough to become a neuroscientist and try to find cures for people [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: Off to get see if they’ll experiment on me.

Hey guys.  It’s a rough day for me here.  I have an appointment in 40 minutes to see if I’d be an appropriate test subject for an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression. I’m kind of excited and hope they let me in.  If having access to my brain can help someone better understand how [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: Second session with Harold.

Today’s session was good.  I was in a really good place psychologically.  While I irrationally worry on days like today that my therapist will say, “Oh, JT’s in a good mood, he must be faking/cured,” I’m happy because I’m most lucid when I’m in a good place and always get the most out of sessions [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: First meeting with a new therapist today.

Today I meet with my new therapist for the first time.  I’ve forgotten his name, so we’ll call him Harold. I’m not particularly excited.  I’ve been eating the last few months and hating myself for it, but at least I’ve been eating.  That’s a step.  I don’t know…I’m just tired and not terribly optimistic.  I [Read More...]

Please send better theists

I recently wrote an article about why I find Apologetics uncompelling, and I thought I was fairly honest and frank about it. Then, we were visited by a real life psychic – a kind of crappy one. [Read more...]

Mental health update: changing therapists.

So, here’s what’s going on with me. This last week I had a really rough time.  I actually snapped at my brother.  I don’t snap at anybody, especially my family that I love.  That’s just not me.  I apologized profusely, but it was indicative of very difficult times with my brain. The good news is [Read More...]

My Husband is a Recovering Depressive Anorexic and here’s What I’ve Learned (Part 2)

CONTENT NOTE: THIS POST DISCUSSES SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM. THESE TOPICS MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME INDIVIDUALS. Hello WWJTD readers! Michaelyn – JT’s wife – here! For those just tuning in, this post is a part of a series. See Part 1 here. My intention is to reach out to those who may be close to [Read More...]

My Husband is a Recovering Depressive Anorexic and here’s What I’ve Learned (Part 1)

Hello WWJTD readers! Michaelyn – JT’s wife – here! JT writes a lot about his experience with depression and his eating disorder. I want to do something similar and write from the perspective of being close to someone struggling with mental illness. If you don’t have a mental illness, it’s likely that you know others [Read More...]