I like to think that we all have a little crazy in us. It comes out in different forms for different people. Maybe you drive your car faaast to perk up your morning commute. Maybe it’s doing something spontaneous/fun with a significant other.

For others, it could be an uncontrolled impulse. An impulse may be serious for those of us with mental illness and addiction. It could lead to a drinking binge or even a psychotic break. We can ride the wave (D.B.T. what WHAT) and feel all the feels without acting on those impulses in an all-or-nothing way.

Crazy doesn’t have to be dangerous/nuts/psycho. It can be a non-judgmental stance on a sudden emotion. And it can be a push-pull towards the impulse to act on the emotion, without the consequence of a spastic outburst (and without having to stuff it deep down into our gut).

Besides that, CRAZY can be BEAUTIFUL. It can be a creative force driving ideas at your job. It can be a gorgeous new way of walking through life with confidence.

MENTAL.PUNKS: don’t be ashamed of your CRAZY.BEAUTY.

Embrace it.

Look out for my next blog on D.B.T. and how us CRAY.PUNKS can regulate our emotions and stay mindful. Ohmmm.

People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better. — John Nash




Introduction to PUNK.TUATED. Read on, for mental clarity.

My journey through the maze of mental health has brought me here to PUNK.TUATED. — a blog I use to share my stories, successes, and yes, failures with rockstars like you, my readers.

Let me introduce myself. I’m Joanna, a bright-eyed, been-through-hell human on a mission to raise awareness about what 1 in 5 of us suffer from: mental illness. Shocked by the statistic? I’m not, anymore. Brain chemistry can land anyone onto a mental disorder spectrum. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Our brains are wired to communicate to us what we need. Just as a diabetic needs their insulin, so does a depressive need their SSRI. It’s all part of the same medical function: get a person to feel better.

Don’t be ashamed. The stigma is being broken, bit by bit.

Anyway, I can’t wait to share all my crazy stories. It’s been a wild ride, and I haven’t hoped off the rollercoaster just yet. One thing I can tell you, we all have a little wild in us. And that’s what makes PUNK.TUATED. fun. Let’s redefine what it means to be mentally ill. And give it the badass rep it deserves.

Keep fighting. And never lose your sense of rock&roll.

Thanks for reading PUNK.TUATED.

Let’s have some fun redefining mental health in the process.

The sun is gone, but I have a light. — Kurt Cobainpexels-photo-568785.jpeg