Welcome to Love, Your Brain.
My name is Genevieve, and I’m affected by Sensory Processing Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. I’ve been in therapy and on medication for years, hospitalized for a brief time, and lately, navigating the strange experience of having infusions of IV ketamine for depression. I’ve flown from hope to despair and back again more times than I can count. The written word has become my steadfast friend; I can always rely on it to help me sift through the emotions of life with mental illness.
I grew up in Colorado, spent two years abroad during high school, then attended the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology. I now live in Colorado once again and have an energetic, stubborn, delightfully entertaining cattle dog mix named Stella. She plays high-speed fetch and enjoys rolling on the ground several times a day. She also comes to therapy with me and tries to steal tissues out of the trash can.
This blog is about me – narratives, observations, and insights about daily life, treatments, and symptoms – but it’s also about you. We are all impacted by mental health, whether it’s your own, someone you know, or the intricate network of cascading events that happen all around us because of people we may never encounter. Destigmatizing mental health topics is in all our best interests, and it starts with honesty and dialogue. If you’re struggling with symptoms of a mental illness, I hope this blog can be a place for you to read, share your thoughts, and find comfort in knowing that while your experience is unique, you’re not alone in your pain.
Some of my posts are simple updates about my life, others are my attempt to document my ketamine treatments, and others are research-oriented articles that tackle questions about mental health. I write about what it’s like from my perspective to live with diagnosed disorders as well as the complexities of being a human.
Thanks for stopping by!