After reading a short story in his college creative writing class about a man with OCD, Matt has a flash of insight and realizes that he himself showed all the signs of obsessive-compulsive behavior in his youth — counting rituals, … Continue reading
Stories with keyword: mental health
Kevin Allison interviews Tracy about the process of creating and performing her shocking and deeply emotional story “Transcendent” as part of the Live From Philly episode. The interview contains excerpts from Tracy’s story.
Katie participates in an experimental antidepressant drug trial at Columbia University to see if it will help her lifelong depression, anhedonia and lack of engagement in life. She can’t know if she’s been assigned to the active medication group or … Continue reading
15-year old Amy is an honors student, a high achiever and an innocent “girl scout,” but her parents are aggressively adversarial towards her: there are blowout fights and screaming arguments on an unpredictable schedule, and often threats to kick Amy … Continue reading
Tracy is a sophomore at Bard College searching for transcendental experiences to escape from the grief she’s been carrying inside. When she takes mushrooms for the first time, the initial good trip gives way to feelings of suicidality. The next … Continue reading
Lili and her siblings are aware that her father suffers from severe bipolar disorder; he’s in and out of the hospital throughout her childhood. Even so, the events that the illness causes can be terrifying. One day when Lili is … Continue reading