As the product of interracial love, my parents began to teach me about the importance of racial equality from the moment I was born. Race has always been a topic discussed freely and frequently in our home. Oftentimes, my education on the topic came from simply listening.

Listening to my parents recount the difficulties they faced from family and society for choosing to be together at a time when interracial love was considered taboo.

Hearing my mother tell me to speak loudly and proudly when I say “I am biracial” as my introductory fact about myself to my all-white third…


During a recent follow up for psychiatric medication management, a patient of mine that suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder stated, “COVID-19 makes me feel normal for once. It’s like the world finally understands what it feels like to be struggling with your mental health.” She isn’t wrong. According to a recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association, ⅓ of Americans have reported COVID-19 to have an impact on their mental health.

Besides rising anxiety levels, climbing rates in depression, domestic abuse and eating disorders have also been reported. It has become increasingly clear that in addition to physical and economical…


The original core four.

“I have what I have and I am happy. I’ve lost what I’ve lost and I am still happy.” — Rupi Kaur

“Do you have any siblings?”

It’s a seemingly harmless question, one that often comes up when you are getting to know someone.

“Yes, an older brother. He passed away.”

Some leave it at that with an obligatory, “I’m sorry,” and they move on to the next question in an effort to avoid the awkward can of worms they accidentally just opened. Only a few, the bold and brazen, will continue to tip toe down the line.

“That’s terrible…

Michaela

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Mental Health Advocate. Realist with a heavy dose of optimism.

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