Brains! Rebekah Frumkin, Kate Gavino, Chelsea Martin, Esmé Weijun Wang

How Shanties and Songs of the Sea Helped Me Weather the Storm of Depression

The language of depression can be curiously maritime. It comes in waves; it drowns us; it’s the Mariner’s albatross around our necks.

Aug 06, 2018
Nature or Nurture: Insomnia and What We Pass On to Our Children

“How do I teach her letting go, when my hands are still gnarled in the shape of everything I’ve ever lost?”

What to Do with Self-Hate: A Comic

Try to give it to a stranger. Try to feed it to the dog. Marry it.

Jul 09, 2018
Nietzsche and Kanye Don’t Know Shit About My Migraine Pain

“Migraine is deceptive pain. It lies when it begins, and it lies about what it signifies. It signifies nothing.”

May 24, 2018
Treating Migraines: How Women Are Harmed by Gendered Medical Language

I’ve gotten incapacitating headaches since I was a kid.

Feb 06, 2018
Tics of the Saints: On Conversion Disorder, Mental Illness, and Searching for a Voice

On the gendered aspect of conversion disorder, how it might have historically manifest in nuns and mystics, and the strange comfort of being diagnosed.

Jan 23, 2018
Capturing Dementia’s Voice: Postwar Memories Under Siege

If I collect Oma’s memories, if I truly remember my grandmother, I too can retain what is slipping away.

Nov 08, 2017
How to Prepare for an Emotional Disaster: A Comic

Keep a notebook of all the ways things could go wrong so as to curb expectations.

Jul 25, 2017
The Future of Traumatic Memories

Notes on surviving a terrorist bombing.

Jun 01, 2017
Postpartum Tea: Taking Care While Changing Identity

“It is a bewildering and lonely thing to be so attached to another human and also feel so adrift and so alone.”

May 26, 2017
We Need to Recognize Complex PTSD in Order to Treat It

Our communities lack fundamental solutions to the scars of complex trauma.

Apr 26, 2017
Take Care: Mothers, Daughters, and Inheriting Self-Hatred

“All my mother had done was try to love me while not loving herself.”

Mar 17, 2017
Election: On Brain Trauma, Queerness, and Digging for Old Coke Bottles in Cleveland

“We were confident we’d wake up into a business-as-usual capitalist democracy.”

Dec 16, 2016
Wards Against the Day

“Embracing melancholy has become a curious act of resistance.”

Sep 29, 2016
The Jeff Goldblum Scale of Anxiety

I learn to be happy with what I have.

Jan 12, 2016
Atypical

On autism, misfits, and neurodiversity

Dec 11, 2015
Fashioning Normal

“If schizophrenia is the domain of the slovenly, I stand outside its borders.”

Oct 14, 2015
Voluntary Responses to Involuntary Sensations

“‘Tourette’s syndrome?’ my mom said. ‘Is that what you think Chelsea has?’”

Sep 10, 2015