Survival is a Talent is a creative lifestyle blog run by me, August Pfizenmayer. This blog is focused on healing myself through writing and art. I’ve been writing regularly for six or seven years, and it has been a valuable coping skill. When I was hospitalized for psychosis in 2015, writing was the only thing that kept me anchored to reality. I’ve been diagnosed with several disorders/illnesses, but labels aren’t important. I am simply different. I love who I am and how I live my life.

You’ll find pieces on here that discuss mental health, stigma, coping skills, lifestyle, and more. I’m going to be posting excerpts from my collection of poetry called Sinking Into Psychosis every other week until the project is finished. I’m hoping to get constructive criticism because personal essays are my specialty, not poetry, and I want to improve. So don’t be afraid to tell me what you think!

Don’t be afraid to reach out to me if you have questions or you are struggling. My mission in life is to educate others about mental illness and fight stigma.

Blog posts are published once a week. Every other week, Manic Monday is posted. Manic Monday is a post dedicated to stimulating your creativity and getting you through your day.


“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent”

-Susanna Kaysen

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