Hey, I’m Lora. I’m 35, from Pittsburgh. I struggle with anxiety, major depressive disorder, alcoholism, addictive tendancies, dermatillomania, and obesity, to name a few.

The goal of this blog is to chronicle the struggles with my mental & physical health. Everything is connected, I’m finding, and I’ve reached a point where I am unsure the genesis of my poor health – is the depression and anxiety to blame, causing me to eat and drink my feelings? Is the weight gain and subsequent laziness responsible for triggering my latest 14-month episode of depression?

The simple answer is: yes. All of it. Everything is connected. I’ve let it get out of control, both because of and despite myself. Being an all-or-nothing person, this is very dangerous for me. I am either militant or free-falling. I am currently unable to maintain a balance.

So this is an effort to hold myself accountable, document my campaign, and therapeutically get thoughts out into real words.