Sam Dylan Finch is a writer and digital creator based in Seattle, WA.
My ADHD Led To An Eating Disorder. Here’s What I Wish People Knew
“I have ADHD, though,” I protested, as if both couldn’t be true. She nodded in agreement.
“You have anorexia and ADHD,” she affirmed. “And you need help.”
ADHD Burnout: Yes, You’re Exhausted For a Reason — Here’s Why
Your fatigue is real. Let’s talk about why this so-called ‘high-functioning’ ADHD often leads to burnout.
People-pleasing can be a result of trauma. It’s called ‘fawning’ — here’s how to recognize it.
It’s a painful cycle. But for me, simply being aware of it was the first step towards healing.
5 Things Suicide Loss Survivors Should Know — from Someone Who’s Attempted
Drifting in and out of a painkiller haze, I leaned over to check my phone. There on the screen, I saw a text message from my best friend’s mom: “Call 911.”
I Had No Idea My ‘Existential Crises’ Were a Symptom of a Serious Mental Illness
“This again?” my friend asked with a smirk. I sighed. Yes, again. Another one of my existential crises, right on cue.
When they misgendered you at your memorial.
When I hang up, I straighten my spine and I slap myself across the cheek. Our friends are coming over, and I remind myself that I can’t crumble, not now.
7 Reasons Why ‘Just Eat’ Is Not Going to ‘Cure’ My Eating Disorder
Eating disorders can be difficult to understand. I say this as someone who had no idea what they really were, until I was diagnosed with one.
What Is OCD and How Is It Different from Generalized Anxiety?
If they’re both anxiety disorders at the end of the day, do these differences really matter?
7 (Totally Wrong) Reasons I Didn’t Think I Had An Eating Disorder
When I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, there was one question I just couldn’t get out of my head: “How did I miss this?”
7 Things I Want You to Know About My Mental Health — Before We Fall for Each Other
If you want to be my lover, you gotta get with my therapist.
Crazy Talk: Can You Really Be ‘Addicted’ To Weed?
"I believe it’s important to be able to recognize when a line is crossed."
I preached body positivity — and sunk deeper into my eating disorder at the same time.
"When you are a mental health advocate and writer, especially in such a public way, it’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that you have all the answers to your own problems."
5 Ways to Talk Back to Your Inner Self-Critic
Thoughts are just thoughts, but it’s easy to forget that when we simply accept them without question.
Millennials, If You're Not Having Sex, You're Doing Just Fine
Rather than panicking about whether or not millennials are getting busy, it might be worthwhile to question why we place such a strong emphasis on sex in the first place. Is it the most crucial ingredient for emotional intimacy and wellness? If it is, I have yet to be convinced.
Crazy Talk: My Disturbing Thoughts Won’t Go Away. What Do I Do?
I’m going to challenge you to consider that, no matter how horrifying your thoughts are, you still deserve support. You could have the ugliest, most unhinged thoughts in the entire world and that wouldn’t change the fact that a mental health provider still owes you compassionate, nonjudgmental, and competent care.