Writing While Depressed

I’m not a clinician, and this post is based solely on personal experiences. Sometimes depression is about more than simply being “down.” Sometimes it means nothing has meaning for you anymore. As a writer, it can be especially frustrating because thoughts are jumbled and words don’t come. You have a deadline, but all you want […]

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Updates on Imagined Chaos

HAVE YOU HEARD? > ImaginedChaos.com is now ALSO JaimieHunter.com. I made this change because I wanted to brand myself better as a writer and expert in Public Health. Queries to imaginedchaos.com automatically forward to jaimiehunter.com. > I have a new newsletter! Whereas the blog sign-up allows you to receive blog posts directly to your inbox, […]

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Perfection: Being “The Best”

Why is it so hard to accept our humanity sometimes? For me, anything less than the best is bottom-of-the-barrel. “I almost did it” will never be as good as “I did it,” even if I learned incredible lessons and thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Life is not black or white, good or bad, all or nothing. […]

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EXCERPT: A Vampire’s Guide to Online Dating

Here is an excerpt from a book I started to write but never finished. Maybe someday it will move from the WIP pile into the QUERY pile! COPYRIGHT (2019) by Jaimie C. Hunter One: The Mission As I fight the curse that invades my darkest dreams, one question rings most desperate for an answer: do […]

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On the Loss of a Friend

Who knew you could grieve the loss of a friend so acutely? Apparently, everyone but me. You can grieve that loss. It’s unavoidable when you part ways with someone you love, and that very distinctly includes your friends. “They” say we process grief in five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I really hate […]

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The Courage to Roar

I have a theory about the way the world works: we all experience some form of imposter syndrome at some point during our lives. That is, there comes a time when each of us questions our own legitimacy, owing to an overwhelming perception of ourselves as fraudulent or less than capable in the face of […]

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On Love and Mania

One of the most heartbreaking things about living with bipolar disorder is not knowing whether what you are experiencing in a romantic relationship is truly love, versus a manifestation of mania. Both feel euphoric, like a great whoosh of wind has picked you up and tossed you around playfully in its embrace. Both are precarious, […]

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Life Lessons: Year 42 Edition

As I prepare to begin my 43rd trip around the sun on Halloween, I paused to reflect on the surprises, joys, and devastating failures I’ve encountered in my 42nd. Weight loss, loving friends, and learning to love running again(!) have been the highs. Here is my synopsis. Don’t let pain interfere with loving people with […]

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An Open Letter to Parents of Children with a Mental Health Diagnosis

I am not a parent. I can’t identify with you on that level. I don’t know what it’s like to receive word that your child (even adult child) has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. I can only imagine what the shock, anger, anxiety, and fear associated with this diagnosis feel like for you. […]

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