As a child I wanted to be a doctor
To cure people of disease
As a teen I wanted to be a neurosurgeon
To fix brains with a scalpel

As a young woman
I became a psychotherapist
To fix troubled youth with broken lives
With the exchange of spoken words

I kept falling apart
My brain was broken
My thoughts self-loathing or racing
My emotions unbearably intense

Over and over
I sought and received help
First with psychotherapy
Later with medicine

Today I remain a broken woman
Still healing, still learning
Today I use words, written words, spoken words
To touch, heal, and teach others

Or so I hope


46 responses to “As a Child”

  1. Thank you, Jeff Nguyen at, for nominating this post for the Jeffster Award.

  2. […] As a Child at Kitt O’Malley […]

  3. Bravo! Small victories are huge victories. Upon them, we build our recovery to improved mental health.

  4. Well, I believe that I’ve got all of those on my side…
    But I am heading in the right direction.
    Everyday I am doing (ok, maybe every other day) something for ME.
    Today I cleared off my cluttered desk!

  5. Thank you. Yes, of course I have the courage. I have a kid, too, who needs me. And, I have purpose.

  6. You have the courage to continue on your journey 🙂

  7. Thank you for your honesty. I think as humans being we all need to touch a life. For the benefit and our own.

  8. I agree, Dani, that we are all broken and that it is okay that we are broken. We are loved in our brokenness.

  9. Oh, Kitt, we are all broken, but it different ways. May the words you speak and write continue to heal your heart and soul. And may they continue to breathe life into others…myself included.

    With heart,

  10. Major depressive disorder can be biological in origin, as well as a reaction to grief or to trauma.

  11. I wish that I could blame it on “bi-polar”. I have been upgraded to major depressive disorder as they’ve added Abilify (hello weight gain!). It’s never easy…
    Hang in there!

  12. But we do adapt as best we can ☺

  13. Thank you, Vic. I will let you know when I write my post accepting the award.

  14. We must take care of ourselves, yes. But my brokenness is not so much due to codependence as it is to mental illness. Having bipolar disorder does put me at risk of overworking during my hypomanic phases, of which employers once did take advantage.

  15. Thank you, and thank you for fostering children. I wish you the best with your mental health, in your psychology studies, and in your future.

  16. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award:

    Details here:


  17. Thank you, Emma.

  18. You are welcome.

  19. You are welcome. We mourn the loss of dreams, of expectations, of functionality, when we are saddled with a mental illness. Life, quite simply, is not fair.

  20. Yes, of course. Thank you for suggesting, offering, hope.

  21. You are not alone, there is a silent army of us.
    Broken but who keep it together to take care of the world.
    We leave ourselves behind and suffer.
    I should have learned how to be selfish instead of a codependent.

  22. Your words have been of great support to me Kitt. I truly think you have an empathy that shines despite the miles between us.

    I am studying psychology and perhaps this is what leads us to such paths, our underlying experience – I was not aware of my bipolar or even deep troubles before starting my study path. I of course was aware I suffer depression from ‘time to time’ but ultimately working with children in care as a foster carer is what drove me into psychology in my concious mind.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to support me, i will be forever grateful and wish you well for years to come.

  23. Thanks for sharing, Kitt.
    Your poem is touching, beautiful and graphic.
    Your words do help others, I can vouch for that.
    Glad I found your blog.
    Emma x.

  24. Francisco J. Veismann Avatar
    Francisco J. Veismann

    Hi and many thanks



  25. Hey Kitt, thanks for not mixing words. We are broken, and this is highlighted and at its most extreme if you take away our medications. And who knows how long the medications will be effective for? And, yes, your words touch others. Thanks!

  26. Of course, I meant in general, outside of this poem.

  27. I will think about it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  28. In that case, I cannot disagree with you!

  29. Thank you, Ellen.

  30. I am beautifully broken, like a piece of Japanese Kintsugi pottery where shards are glued back together using precious metal, making an even more beautiful whole.

  31. I wish we could exchange “broken” for “shaken.” “Broken” seems final. “Shaken” could go on for a long time, but it could stop too.

  32. Thank you for educating us all on Bipolar disorder with your intelligent, honest prose and poetry. You are doing Bipolars a tremendous service.

  33. This is such a beautifully worded post, so honest. Personally I do not like to think of anyone with mental health issues as “broken.” Certainly I do not look at my wife that way.

    Humans are wonderfully complex and flawed creatures. To be flawed, to have challenges in life and to strive to overcome is part of the human experience.

    In the short time I have known you, I am confident that you have the strength to heal!

  34. Thank you, Erin. Very thoughtful and generous of you.

  35. Thank you, Phil.

  36. Thank you so much. Sorry to hear that you have known suffering, too.

  37. erin stokes Avatar
    erin stokes

    Dear Kitt,

    After reading the material in your blog, I would like to ammend my comment.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your courage is inspiring to me on a personal level. The education that you are offering to the public is fantastic. I wish you fulfilling success professionally and personally. I am excited to be able to follow your story in future.

  38. Kitt, you may be wounded by life’s arrows, you are not broken. Your very blog, including your poetry clearly demonstrate that. Phil.

  39. Your words touch me.

  40. So deep and beautiful, sincere and thoughtful. Be strong and I know you are and you will…my best wishes for you..

  41. wow – what a strong honest introduction about yourself. I am glad and humbled sharing it. I will always wish you success and good health!!

  42. erin stokes Avatar
    erin stokes

    That was beautiful Kitt. Terribly honest and honestly terrible. I am sorry for your suffering, I know plenty of it myself.

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