I remember the day I realized I was bipolar clearly. I wasn’t sitting in a clinician’s office, but at a Chipotle. Specifically the one on Sutter Street in San Francisco’s Financial District.
It was October of 2018, and I was incredibly, tragically, and inexplicably depressed. Things had gotten so severe that I had taken a disability leave from my first full time job after college, a job that just a few months prior I had been elated to begin. It was these circumstances that placed me downtown at 3 PM, munching on a burrito bowl, surrounded by men in suits.
I was eating at 3 PM for the first time that day after coming from my daily transcranial magnetic stimulation appointment. The treatment, “TMS”, involved the transmission of magnetic waves into my brain for twenty minutes a day. Apparently, for some 55% of patients who are unresponsive to antidepressants, it stimulates activity in the parts of their brain that are depressed. …
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Mayor — London Breed
City Attorney — Dennis Herrera
District Attorney — Chesa Boudin #1, Leif Dautch #2
Public Defender — Mano Raju
Sheriff — Paul Miyamoto
Treasurer — Jose Cisneros
Board of Education — Jenny Lam
Community College — Ivy Lee
Board of Supervisors, District 5 — Dean Preston
Prop A — YES
Prop B — YES
Prop C — NO
Prop D — YES
Prop E — YES
Prop F — YES
Fairfax Town Council (Pick 2) — Renee Goddard, Cindy Swift
Fairfax Treasurer — Michele Gardner
Fairfax Town Clerk — Janet Garvin
San Anselmo Town Council (Pick 2) — Steve Burdo, Kim Pipkin
San Anselmo Town Clerk—Carla Kacmar
San Anselmo Town Treasurer — Elizabeth Dahlgreen
Novato City Council Member, District 1 — Susan Wernick
Novato City Council Member, District 3 — Eric Lucan
Novato City Council Member, District 5 — Amy…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has dominated news cycles since her unlikely primary win in June due to her unique approach to consensus building.
Unlike most other politicians, Ocasio-Cortez has not been shy about airing her disagreements with her party leadership in the media. Before her swearing in, Ocasio-Cortez attended a protest where she showed support for environmental justice advocates occupying Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s office. This is a remarkable departure from the standard for freshman congresspeople, who are expected to keep their heads down and pay their dues to win the favor of party leadership.
Some people have criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s strategy. They argue that publicly criticizing her colleagues is naïve and will inhibit her ability to effectively move her policy agenda forward in Congress. …
Monday was the first day of the California legislative session that will continue through September 2019. For a policy nerd like me, this might as well be Christmas!
An exciting number of our California Senators and Assemblymembers hit the ground running, introducing 130 bills that they had been developing over the legislative recess. Most of these bills aren’t fully fleshed out yet. …
These days it feels like everyone and their brother is concerned with determining whose emotional support animal is legitimate and who is “taking advantage of the system.”
I’m mentally ill. I’m also much more concerned with these busybodies than I am with fake emotional support animals.
Though mental illness is incredibly prevalent in our society, it often goes undiagnosed, untreated, or unnoticed by bystanders. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 American adults experience mental illness in a given year. Only 41% of Americans experiencing mental illness however have received treatment in the last year. Mental illness is what is frequently referred to as an “invisible disability”, because it’s not easily detectable to others. …
With major depression comes major exhaustion, which means I’ve spent the majority of time I’ve been on health leave from work laying around at home. On my worst days everything feels challenging —getting dressed, finding something that’s appetizing enough to eat, or even finding something I can focus on long enough to occupy my waking hours.
These are some of the things that help me take my normal depression to a tropical depression — in other words, make my life a little bit easier! …
I am a leftist political organizer and a fair housing advocate living San Francisco. I grew up in Marin County with a mom who was on the public school board. Prior to moving to San Francisco, I also lived in Santa Clara and San Mateo County.
Before the last election, I shared the spreadsheet I used to research the issues on my own ballot on Twitter. I received a lot of positive feedback, so this year I’ve decided to expand the spreadsheet into a blog post.
I’m most familiar with San Francisco and Marin County politics, but I went ahead and made recommendations in other Bay Area races I’m confident I have fully researched. I’ve linked to a bunch of external resources at the end of this guide that you can use to research any issue I haven’t covered. …
We’ve all experienced exhaustion before, but the exhaustion I experience with depression is hard for me to comprehend. Today is the first day in months that I have enough energy to feel bored. You’ve probably never conceptualized boredom in terms of energy, and neither had I until recently. When I say that I have enough energy to feel bored I mean that today I had the energy to get dressed, shower, and eat, and I still have enough energy to need something else to do. That feeling is new to me.
One of the hardest things about depression is that everything feels fucking permanent. I don’t know whether depression fucks with your memory or what, but when I’m in a depressed state I can’t remember ever having felt any way else. It feels like I’ve always been depressed, and I’ll always be depressed. At the same time it’s difficult to recognize as depression. …
When I was a kid I absolutely loved reading. I probably read more adult level books from the age of 10 to 14 than I’ve read in my entire adult life.
This morning I was driving through the Mission when I witnessed what was either a homeless sweep or a “routine cleanup” at 16th and South Van Ness. As a driver I encountered some traffic as cars shuffled around a truck blocking the right lane. Meanwhile, my homeless neighbors had their only belongings confiscated as they were made by force to leave their home.