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I Spoke in Public!

Thank you, Lianne Sauvage, for inviting me to share my mental health journey at Belmont High School's Mental Health Assembly! For my speech, I adapted content from My Bipolar Thoughts, my memoir work-in-progress. [...]

Now Grief Feels Like Nothing

Dad and Me Learning How to Brush My Teeth Unlike grief theories that propose defined stages, grief is not linear, nor is it universal. We grieve differently. Now I feel nothing. [...]

Please Support Me #NAMIWalks #JoinTheMovement

  Please support me as I raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI Orange County has been instrumental in my mental health recovery. Help Me Support NAMI NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer [...]

Shedding a Few Tears

It's been a year. It's been a year since I noticed that my mother hadn't taken her turn in Words with Friends. It's been a year since my mother was verbal. It's been a [...]

Where Am I Going Now?

Originally written October 2015, a month before my mother had her stroke, before my life changed. Still settling into my new normal. How do I describe myself? How do I best describe my [...]

In My Own Voice

The weekend after I attended BlogHer16, my local NAMI Orange County office hosted an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) training. In Our Own Voice (IOOV) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXC7zuASBA Hi, I’m Kitt O’Malley Mother of a teen [...]

Fingers Moving, Fingers Typing

Fingers need to move nervous energy prompts them to keep busy Just as my thoughts my mind will not be silent My fingers will not be still so I play Solitaire or now [...]

Folie à Deux

I Am My Mother Caveat: Please understand that delusional thought processes are SYMPTOMS of mental illness. I feel compassion, even as I feel pain and anger as someone negatively affected by parental delusional [...]