How To Help Someone With An Undiagnosed Mental Illness


By Kimberly Zapata Watching a loved one struggle with a mental illness is hard. Very hard. However, watching them struggle in secret and silence is beyond difficult. It is gut wrenching. But what can you do to help someone living with mental illness, specifically when they cannot or do not want to help themselves? Unfortunately, … Continue reading How To Help Someone With An Undiagnosed Mental Illness

Your Child’s Mental Illness Is Not Your Fault, But You Need To Guide Them Through It


By Kimberly Zapata I’ll never forget the look in my mother’s eyes when she entered principal’s office. They were wide, tired, and no matter how thick glasses were nor how heavy her makeup had been caked on, neither could hide the truth: she was hurt.  She was disappointed and disheartened, and she was afraid. Of … Continue reading Your Child’s Mental Illness Is Not Your Fault, But You Need To Guide Them Through It

I Have A ‘High-Functioning’ Mental Illness — And No, It’s Not As Great As You Think


By Kimberly Zapata I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 15 years old. At the time, I didn’t know much about it or my symptoms. I knew it was an illness — a mental illness — and one that affected almost every aspect of my life, but beyond that, my knowledge was limited. … Continue reading I Have A ‘High-Functioning’ Mental Illness — And No, It’s Not As Great As You Think

I’m A Medicated Mama — And No, I’m Not Ashamed


By Kimberly Zapata Just after midnight, I heard a noise: a subtle noise, a scratchy noise, a non-threatening, but irritating sorta noise. Of course, had said noise been harsher — if I had heard a bang, a thud, or even shattering glass — I probably would have stayed put, firmly planted in my bed. But … Continue reading I’m A Medicated Mama — And No, I’m Not Ashamed