Hope Restored

  As an American expat growing up in Singapore, my life was filled with various opportunities and experiences. Early on in my journey, I experienced joy, hope, and an expectant future, but unbeknownst to me, a silent darkness crept into my story. My twin brother...

The Positive Side of Anxiety

    Thank You Note A huge thank you to Dr. Ashleigh Louis for allowing me to share my experiences with anxiety.   Positive Vibes Only What is Anxiety? In my experience, it is when my heart beats fast, my stomach cramps, and I start breathing heavily....

Compassion + H.A.Y. + Love

  It can be assumed that some animals eat hay every day. I am going to go out on a whim and reference the below exchange as our human version of daily H.A.Y. consumption (although I’d argue not resourceful and even more draining): Employee 1: “How are...

Finding My “Why”

My name is Kyle Edquist, and “the Walking Hug” is a nickname I am quite fond of, gifted by my friend Rajkumari. Currently, I live in San Francisco and work as a Leadership Recruiter for a connection company (staffing agency) where I find the best ‘people people’ who...

Coming Out Again and Again

People often ask me when I came out or how it was for me when I came out… and I want to say which time?! I have a semi-memorized monologue about a few experiences from 13-16 years old, but these memories aren’t particularly important to me anymore. More important now...

Our Growth Never Gets Old

    “Ugh. I’m so old. I’m such a fart.”   This refrain has become a ubiquitous catchphrase of mine over the last year or two. It punctuates my social circles, it initiates a reliable call-and-response with my girlfriend, and frankly, it even pops up...

The Modern Man’s Brain

    Before diving into the ‘smorgasbord’ of words and links below, I am not an expert, these word combos below are opinion based, and at the same time I find them quite interesting to think about, maybe you will too. In 2013, Penn Medicine conducted a study...

Self Love

It seems that life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we need, right when we need it—even if, in the moment, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to us.   Back to back, two important things in my life broke. First, my heart. Then, my wrist....

Digital Detox

  Screen time is an integral part of the lives of children and young adults. Young people use screens as a medium for communication, access, work, pleasure, entertainment, and education. Given the amount of activities that are accomplished on a screen, it seems...

Letting Go of Fear

A bird cannot hold down its perch and fly, likewise, humans cannot grasp anything and be free. As humans, it is our natural instinct to grasp on to anything that is safe and familiar. We hold on to old thoughts, behaviors, outcomes in our personal and professional...

ADHD Part 2: Medications

  There are two major categories of medications that are commonly used to treat symptoms of ADHD. Stimulant options, such as forms of methylphenidate and amphetamine, tend to be powerful, quick (effects are noticeable within an hour of use), and are generally...

ADHD Part 1: What is it?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects up to 11% of children and 5% of adults in the United States. Unlike the misleading diagnostic label suggests, ADHD is NOT a deficit in attention, but rather a difficulty in...

Finding Stability in the Instability of Life

  As an ER nurse, there are countless examples of how mental health affects me personally and professionally. When offered to write an article for the Inner Fokus blog, I debated whether to discuss my perspective on how mental health affects the emergency room or...