The holidays are here! One of the most important parts of this busy season is self care. We get incredibly busy and often the most talked about part of Christmas is how frazzled people are from the shopping, wrapping, baking, writing out cards, attending plays and concerts, and figuring out how to pay for and … Continue reading Keeping Your Boundaries During the Holidays
How can you protect your mental health during the holidays? This is such a good question. It can be hard. At times I struggle with this myself. Being back around extended family now after years away has made it harder. Excuse yourself to go to the bathroom if things get too overwhelming or there’s stress. … Continue reading How can you protect your mental health during the holidays?
In 2002, my life was pretty difficult I had a mortgage, I had lost my job due to ill-health and life was a struggle. I was married and my ex-husband was working hard to make ends meet. We were both under a lot of stress I felt guilty for being ill and started to notice … Continue reading How did I get my diagnosis?
A hallmark symptom of bipolar disorder is mood swings from manic highs to depressive lows—most people know that if they know nothing else about bipolar disorder. But are people familiar with the lapses in judgment that can come with a bipolar mood swing? Not really—at least I wasn’t when I was diagnosed. It took me … Continue reading Navigating the Judgment Roller Coaster
There are a few things that I want my family and friends to know about my mental illness. Mine is panic attacks and anxiety. Gosh, there's so much that I'd like to tell them and you know what? Because of these two things a lot of times I can't get the words out or how … Continue reading A Letter To Family and Friends About Anxiety
In the past month, I’ve gotten several messages asking me for advice regarding how to handle the one-year anniversary of their child’s suicide attempt. My heart breaks for the parents sending the emails – and for the children who went through the experience. I’m not a parent… But I am the person on the other … Continue reading How To Approach The One Year Anniversary Of Your Child’s Suicide Attempt
Making a Decision I sat, drenched in my own fear of disappointment as I declined my first job opportunity. This job, with the potential of altering my life financially, did not meet my needs mentally, or emotionally. Making decisions for myself, by myself is tough. Since developing anxiety in 2015 while already living with depression, … Continue reading Making Decisions as Someone with Anxiety and Depression
Depression and Its Symptoms Depression is debilitating, paralyzing, and discouraging prohibiting the process of communication and daily activity. What you find effortless to do, such as getting out of bed in the morning, feels almost impossible to do on a day where depression takes over. Depression not only affects the one experiencing the burdensome symptoms, … Continue reading The Silent Spells and Isolation Cycles of Depression
Mental health symptoms verge from the mundane (pacing due to anxiety) to the bizarre (hallucinating: seeing, hearing, or sensing something that is not there). But almost everyone who suffers from mental health issues has symptoms that are particular to their situation or mood state and needs management on an individual basis rather than a one-size-fits-all […]
OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) is an anxiety disorder which has two main parts to it. Obsessions and unwelcome thoughts images worry or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind and they can make you feel anxious. Obsessions and persistent thoughts and pictures or doubts appear in your mind again and again. They interrupt your thought … Continue reading What is obsessive compulsive disorder and how to tell if someone has it?