How Toxic Friendships Can Damage Your Mental Health

You know the affect abusive relationships can have on your mental health but did you know the toxic friend can have the same affect? When I was younger I remember my father telling me to be careful who you chose to be your friends.   Who knew I'd have to need to hear these words when … Continue reading How Toxic Friendships Can Damage Your Mental Health

Common Symptoms of OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions), which interfere with daily activities and can cause severe stress. You may feel the need to try and stop or ignore the OCD but that will just increase your anxiety.  Eventually you will feel the … Continue reading Common Symptoms of OCD

What Is It Like to Support a Sibling With a Mental Illness

Like most siblings, my brother and I fought, bugged each other but we also stood by each other, supported and encouraged each other. What makes our relationship unique, is my brother has a learning disability and lives with mental illness. He is very emotional and sensitive. My brother was about a year or two when … Continue reading What Is It Like to Support a Sibling With a Mental Illness