Straitjacket Writers

Inside the Troubled Minds of Authors

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November Admin Update

Hey everyone!

Admin here. I just wanted to update the site with a brief apology for a lack of 100% original content lately. Our regular contributors have been busy preparing for and participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m proud to say that while we’re collectively under par for today’s expected goal, it’s not by much.

We do have some original posts in the editing phase, so look for those soon.

I hope everyone else is having a great November/NaNoWriMo!

Moosekleenex: Depression




Who can relate with this?


I drew this.

moosekleenex has a way of cartooning things I identify with and can’t put into words. -Edgie

Cool site of the week:

I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make this a regular thing or not, but the editors are constantly on the lookout for worthwhile content to share. This one is definitely in that category.

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PSA: Online Depression Treatment Research Study

This is a quick post that we came across. The University of Texas at Austin is conducting an online Depression Treatment Research Study. An excerpt from the page:

The study takes place in the comfort of your own home or where ever you have private internet access. The study involves completing an 8-week computerized self-help program for depression.




Another amazing (and better) version, sent to the admin from the talented designer Micah Bauer:



Introduction, and More on “Why”

I wanted to write a quick post about how and why exists.

I love reading and writing, and I’ve had a deep interest in psychology since I was a teenager. When I was fifteen years old, my sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Not long afterwards, my mother was also diagnosed with chronic depression. At one point in my twenties, I began shutting down mentally and finally reached out to a medical doctor, who put me on anti-depressants for a short period. Later I would come to realize that it was a combination of several internal and external factors that led to that, but that’s a story for another time.

Throughout my life, I’ve surrounded myself with people who are good people and good writers. It never ceases to amaze me when these people, who I tend to view as successful and well-adjusted, suddenly open up and talk about some of their struggles with mental health-related issues. Its definitely a mixed feeling: on the one hand, I’m sad for what they’re going through, but on the other hand, I’m relieved to know that I’m not alone. My friends go through these things, too.

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