Why electroconvulsive therapy was the closest thing to a magic bullet I’ve found for my depression

When I requested electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) from my psychiatrist, she was shocked that I was actually requesting it. Nearly every medical professional I spoke to on my ECT journey made a concerted effort to sing its praises and try to convince me to stick with it. I didn't need convincing, and I am incredibly glad that I stuck with it. ECT has helped me in ways that no other treatment has, lifting me out of a 15+ year fog of depression and making me much more capable of functioning like a "normal" adult.

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An extremely relatable bathroom adventure with shapewear

On this particular evening I was in full Spanx. I did look great in the dress, but I had not thought about how bathroom breaks would work. I took a bathroom break during the award ceremony and it was exhausting.

I'm totally going to overshare here…

Woodgrain housewares to give your place that Midcentury feel

Offbeat home decor may have new trends coming and going, but woodgrain details always come back strong. I scrounged up some new faves for woodgrain on both expected AND unexpected items in your house. Think wallets, glasses, fans, gaming controllers, and some contact paper to cover anything left over in your house.

Let's get to shopping for mid-century-inspired woody goodness…

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Delicious ways to use Trader Joe's umami seasoning at every meal

If you're unfamiliar with the savory glory that is "umami," you're not alone. It's one of the basic five tastes (like sweet, sour, bitter, and salty) but definitely the least known. Trader Joe's rolled out a version of the flavor in a handy sprinkly seasoning. I think a lot of us went out, bought it, and then didn't have a clue how to use it. So I did some digging and came up with some ideas on how to cook using Trader Joe's umami seasoning.

The North remembers these Game of Thrones gifts (to commemorate the end!)

If you're keeping up with the final seasons of Game of Thrones, you know there are only TWO episodes left (or zero, depending on when you're reading this). Either way, the end is nigh and the The North remembers. Winter truly is coming and all we'll have left will be our memories and whatever loot we can snag before it's lost to the next TV show that ensnares our hearts.