Crystal Jackson is a former therapist turned author. Her work has been featured on Medium, Elite Daily, NewsBreak, Your Tango, and The Good Men Project. She is the author of the Heart of Madison series and 3 volumes of poetry.
Love in All the Wrong Places
We’re told we’re looking for love in all the wrong places. It certainly feels that way when the love we’ve found has been so much less than what we needed. A lifetime of disappointment and disappointing partners adds up. But what if the problem isn’t that we’re searching in the wrong places but that we’re searching at all?
Planning for Memory Loss: The End-of-Life Plan We’re Leaving Out
I think that one day my memory will be lost — and pieces of who I am will be lost with it. I’ve witnessed that slow slide into oblivion and wondered what I was meant to do. Would trying to talk cause frustration, or was I meant to be an anonymous comfort? How would the ones I love want to be cared for as the pieces of who they once were drifted away like clouds in the sky? How would they like to be loved?
Talking to Ghosts: When the One Person You Want to Talk to is Gone
I find myself talking to ghosts all the time. This is a side effect of having built intimate connections with other people over the years. I used to despair at how much was left behind when a connection was severed — the memories and moments felt heavy to carry around when the person I shared them with was gone. For a while, I was reluctant to let anyone close enough lest they, too, leave me with remnants and regrets.
Is It Bipolar or Do You Have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?
I would normally say that I am a happy person, but the year I was diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, nothing was normal. We weren’t just in a global pandemic. Both of my children were going through the diagnostic process for autism spectrum disorder, and my eldest child was awaiting testing for a genetic disorder. When I began having mood swings, it seemed like a natural byproduct of the amount of stress I was under as a single parent under these circumstances.
10 Things Everyone Should Know About PMDD
My self-care game is strong. It’s had to be. For the last couple of years, I’ve had many physical and mental health symptoms that I didn’t understand. All I could do was manage them. I learned how to listen to my body, and I used every single one of my coping skills. It still wasn’t enough.
NF Awareness Day is Here, and You Need to Know About It
If you’ve never heard of neurofibromatosis (NF), you’re not alone. It affects more than 2.5 million people globally (1 in every 3,000 people). It impacts more people than Cystic Fibrosis, Tay Sachs, Huntington’s Disease, and Muscular Dystrophy combined, and yet you’ve likely heard of one or more of these diseases. Neurofibromatosis, however, is the unheard of disease that desperately needs our attention. Without awareness, it’s challenging to raise funding for NF to help find a cure.