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Hi everybody! I am taking a one-week break from the blog. I am healthy and okay, so please don’t worry about me. This is just a depressed spell. They happen from time to time, and I have learned that, for me, the best way to handle them is just to batten down the hatches, focus on self-care, and give myself a break on things that I find especially hard right now. I have a great support network, and I have let the people closest to me know that I will need a little bit of extra care this week, so I’m sure I will be a-okay. Right now I may feel like crying for no reason, but I know that it is like a stretch of bad weather: it is not my fault, and it will pass.
Boggle will be back on Monday! Please take care of yourselves this week. I am keeping you all in my thoughts.
Every Friday, Boggle adopts the format of a traditional advice column to answer someone’s question in-depth. Have a problem you can’t fit in an ask, but you still want to get Boggle’s input? Write to him here! You will always remain anonymous.
This week: The letter isn’t long, but I knew my response would be. A teenager writes in about sex and shame.
I just called the counseling place about setting up an appointment. And then I spent five or ten minutes crying in the bathroom. That was really hard.
But you did it. I wish I could give you the biggest hug in the world right now. You did it, even though it was so hard, and that makes you incredibly brave.
I hope you are as proud of yourself right now as I am proud of you. Best of luck at your first appointment! You’re heading in the right direction now!
Hey Boggle. I have been told by my mother that anxiety runs in my family, but I do not want to be diagnosed. I am discovering I have some symptoms (intrusive thoughts, constant fear of many things, panic attacks) but I don't want to be diagnosed because I've heard that being diagnosed with a mental illness denies you work and school opportunities. Besides, I've lived my life working around these issues without help. Is this a good decision? Will it get worse?
I am not sure why you think being diagnosed with an illness would affect any future opportunities, since anything you discuss with a doctor or therapist is completely confidential. You are also under no obligation to disclose the state of your mental health to prospective schools or employers, nor may they access your mental health records without your written consent (specifics vary country to country). Professional psychological evaluations, should you pursue a career that require them, cannot check their results against your medical records, because those are sealed.
What I’m saying is, it’s an anxiety disorder, not a criminal record. It is your own private business. So long as you are managing your symptoms, your employers are not likely to ask or care. And managing your symptoms will get a lot easier if you are receiving treatment! I don’t know if your symptoms will get worse, but I do know that anxiety disorders often escalate over time if they are left untreated. Either way, I don’t think that hiding from a diagnosis is a good decision. I don’t want you to have to live with intrusive thoughts, fear, and panic attacks. I want you to feel in control of your life! And I don’t want you to have to ‘work around’ painful issues that may very well turn out to have solutions!
Hi!! Is there anywhere I can get a poster of one of your cartoons?? I think you're absolutely brilliant and this the kindest thing I've seen on the internet. Go you!! 🐮 (I couldn't find an owl icon :( )
Gosh, I haven’t tried to do posters or prints in ages. But I really should take another crack at it, especially since the art is a little bit less embarrassing now. The big problem with any kind of merchandising is that I live in Australia, so shipping anything anywhere would mean asking people for an uncomfortable amount of money. Can anyone recommend a good print service that would handle printing and shipping for me? I wasn’t thrilled with the DeviantArt system.
As for owl emotes, I like ovo.