Welcome to Psyched

There is a famous quote by Toni Morrison that many writers, perhaps even this writer monkey, post on their bulletin boards or leave in their e-mail signature. “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

Eight years ago, I discovered the unwritten book I wanted to read. This book would have explained, in plain English, why my little brother started to believe that we were on a reality TV show. It would have described his symptoms in a way that actually made sense and provided a checklist on exactly what I could do to help him. Failing that, it would have explained why the mental health system is such a hot mess. The book would have given me comfort and perhaps prevented me from my having my own grief-stricken meltdown.    

I know that even this book wouldn’t have had all of the answers. But this missing book inspired me to search for information (that exists thanks to the decades of work by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, and Dr. Xavier Amador) and translate it into real talk for those of us without medical or social work degrees.

The more I learned about mental health and health care (and I went pretty deep down the rabbit hole, changing my career and going back to school) the more important this book became.

It wasn’t just me who needed answers and it wasn’t just mental illness that we needed to read about. Whether you have depression or a permanently sunny disposition, we all have mental health. It is just as important, if not more, than our physical health. And yet, there are about a billion websites about physical health but very few about your mind and mood. 

That’s where Psyched comes in. I created this website to help us all figure out how to become and stay mentally fit. I hope Psyched will become your go-to site when you are looking for real talk about issues, need a pick-me-up, or are keeping tabs on mental health news.

Drop me a line at ashley@psychedmedia.com and let me know what you would like read.