Author's selfie My brain is an asshole, as Wil Wheaton might say. I didn’t realize this for a long time. I just figured my brain is, well, my brain. I didn’t think much about it. I believed what it told me. I denied my depression and anxiety. That’s a whole complex issue in our society. What happens in your head, stays in your head. You don’t talk about problems like depression, which makes it much harder to get better. In my case, I struggled with it for years, not diagnosed, not even really understanding what was wrong. I went through a period thinking something was wrong, maybe my thyroid, or something else. Nothing really came up. My doctor asked if I was depressed?

“No,” I said. What does that even mean?

It took a major depressive episode before I sought out help and realized what was going on. It happened as I made a major change, going back to school. I got help. Things turned around and I have a lot more tools to keep myself healthy and I’m doing better than ever.

Recently I found a new tool that looks interesting: SuperBetter!


SuperBetter cover artI know, it’s not new. Lots of people know about it. I first heard about it recently in one of my classes (on gamifying information), which referenced Jane McGonigal. As it turned out, I already had SuperBetter (the book) on my list at Audible. I went ahead and started listening to it—and really enjoy it! I’ve signed up, installed the app, and I’m beginning to explore using it as another tool in my kit.

Daily Sketch Challenge

McCoy sketchI spent some time this evening having fun sketching. I did have an interruption from a visitor with a question.