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Horror: A Safe Haven for Coping with Real-Life Trauma

Horror, in all its forms—books, movies, and other media—has captivated audiences for centuries. However, beyond the spine-chilling tales and fear-inducing narratives, lies a profound connection between horror and individuals who have experienced real-life trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex-PTSD (C-PTSD). As a horror writer and former therapist, I have observed the intriguing

The Zen Art of Minding Your Own F*cking Business – Part IV

There are a few thousand reasons why people engage in this kind of behavior. If there weren’t benefits and rewards to the behavior, then people wouldn’t engage in it. Examining the general benefits for bullying and why we do it can help us put a stop to it. 

The Zen Art of Minding Your Own F*cking Business – Part I

As many of you know, I’m first and foremost a horror writer. It’s what I do. I like to make characters who die horrible deaths at the hands of cosmic terror, evil people, and make characters suffer for their actions. In real life, I am a kind person. I don’t like to be classified as

Mental Health Monday: Keep on Keepin’ On

This is the final in the series of all-about-psychotropics: how to stay on your medications and hang in there. Perhaps the toughest part of staying on a medication is getting through the first few weeks. There’s little reward out of it because of the initial side effects that can be bothersome. Now, there’s no point

Mental Health Monday: The Analogy

Let’s talk about what it means to have a mental illness. Mental Illness has stigma written all over it. Let’s work on changing that. On Quora, I liken having any kind of mental illness to having a chronic medical condition such as diabetes. Diabetes is probably one of the better analogies. Here’s one of my

Mental Health Monday: Medicine & Mental Illness

Some of my beloved humans on Facebook are starting on a medication journey to help them with different mental health issues. The following series is dedicated to them. The Analogy: Mental Illness has stigma written all over it. Let’s work on changing that. Medications Bazaar: An overview of how medications for psychological issues are prescribed


In the last post, we explored psychopathy. When you want to write someone who has these traits, you likely don’t want to make them pro-social. However, an interesting character can be created out of someone who is sociopathic or psychopathic and is the protagonist. It’s just important to remember to make them pro-social. However, if

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