alex straaikALEX STRAAIK is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, essays, and observations. She is a behavioral health activist who has worked as an IT professional, writer, publisher, editor, and educator. Her greatest passions are writing, reading, storytelling, backpacking, adventure, and empathic communication.

Alex has lived with depression, anxiety, and insomnia since she was a teenager, and is deeply committed to making unique and essential interventions into the field of behavioral health. She is currently studying to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

(Despite this rather bleak and semi-serious portrayal, people often tell her she’s quite funny.)

An introverted big mouth and New Yorker, Alex is temporarily living, loving, and learning in Dayton, Ohio (“The Birthplace of Aviation”). She has a newfound and profound appreciation for the enormous creativity and daring brilliance of the Wright Brothers. 

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    • This particular remark means so very much to me. It is indeed an issue that needs to be addressed openly, brought out of the shadows, and known for the nigh pandemic it is—and why. And respectively, thank you for your vital work as well! It truly takes a community.

  1. I need to to thank you for this excellent read — an Ode to Smith Corona! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you post …

  2. Hi Alex
    I’ve recently been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (severe). Beyond close friends and family, I haven’t talked too openly about it yet (as you will see there’s nought on my blog as yet). I’m still trying to get my head around it, pardon the pun. And reaching out to people in the same boat.

    Just dropping by to say hello.

    • Hello there,

      Apologies for the delay in replying! I truly appreciate your comments, and what’s more, your desire to reaching out to others in the same or similar situations. I’ve found the solidarity offered by people who truly understand mental health disorders because they actually have them, not because its based on wide sweeping generalizations, can be some of the finest allies one can have. I was diagnosed with MDD at 14, but I definitely didn’t speak openly about what it ACTUALLY feels like until I went through The Year Of Hospitalizations (2010-2011) and it was essentially impossible. I look forward to checking out your site too. Thanks for saying hello!

  3. Hi Alex, no probs for the delay. I appreciate the response. Luv’n your blog.

    I’ve been off for two months from work, and another month off at least. I’m starting psychodynamic therapy tomorrow, which sounds interesting, exhausting and mind blowing all at the same time. I’ve got to do something to rewire my head though.

    When I have more strength to talk about this openly, I’ll start blogging, I think. I still haven’t quite decided (any advice from you most welcome). I’ve got to have the strength to push through the stigma.

    One thing for sure though, writing is cathartic. I’m just not quite ready to receive troll-like comments as above. Pretty nasty. Not that I’d do anything apart from spew out expletives.
    Anyway, it’s an interesting journey we’re on. I’m just very glad there is something wrong with me and I’m glad there are people out there who understand.

    As far as I’m concerned, today is a new day and for the first time in ages I feel a bit of hope. In fact, it’s the first time I’ve felt anything at all for ages :)
    Loved your post on alternative & complementary therapies. Useful.

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