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 Attempted Suicide But Didn’t Want To Die


By Kimberly Zapata The day began like any other: with the pungent smell of cigarettes and coffee, with the distant sound of footsteps and muffled conversation, and with the rising of the sun. An early “Wait, it isn’t even 6 o’clock yet. Why is it bright out?” rising of the sun. Of course, I didn’t see the … Continue reading I Attempted Suicide But Didn’t Want To Die

To Those I’ve Hurt While Depressed


By Kimberly Zapata I’m sorry. I know those two words seem so small, and they are. They are nothing more than nine simple, basic characters, but I don’t know where else to start so I’m sorry — I’m so, so sorry — for how my depression affects you. I’m sorry for how my depression affects others. There … Continue reading To Those I’ve Hurt While Depressed

9 Ways To Stop An Anxiety Attack


By Kimberly Zapata If you struggle with anxiety you know just how tough it can be to manage your symptoms. One minute you are fine — you are talking, laughing, and just being yourself — and the next you are terrified. You are horrified. You are paralyzed. Your mind is racing. Your breath is heavy, and your both your … Continue reading 9 Ways To Stop An Anxiety Attack