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    Ready, Set…Holiday Time

    The Holidays bring warm feelings tinged with a touch of dread. Dread because it’s that time of year again…family time. For many people, seeing family triggers feelings that do not jive with the holiday spirit. Even angry feelings. Even feelings of (*gasp*) dislike. If this sounds familiar, keep reading and I’ll help you enjoy the […] Read more…

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    That time of year is here again; time for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to kick in. SAD is linked to the decrease in light associated with the changing of the seasons and how these light changes affect our bodies. SAD symptoms include: *Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day Losing interest in activities […] Read more…

    Stinkin’ Thinkin’

      I think a character on SNL coined the term “Stinkin’ Thinkin” and I took it up as a motto of the negative chatter that liked to buzz inside my head.  Its the kind of thinking that is circular.  I also call it ruminating.  An idea (a lot of times incorrect) will get stuck in […] Read more…

    Enter the Nut Hut: Hospitalization Part II

    Each morning, my clinical team visited me. The team was made up of the psychiatrist assigned to me, a nurse, my social worker and various other staff. I would sit on my bed while they stood and asked me questions. How was I feeling compared to when I came in? Was I having any side […] Read more…

    I Lost My Psychiatrist: How I Got Through It

    My dear Father-in-Law had been in the hospital for complications related to his deteriorating heart condition and imminent kidney failure.  We were slowly losing him. I was waiting with my Mother-in-Law for him to be released. I checked my messages and saw one from a very good friend, something about Dr. J leaving. “What?! My […] Read more…

    Medication Mix-ups

    Medications.  If you have a mental illness, its very likely that you’ve taken a psychotropic medication or three or four (for example: an antidepressant). I have taken meds for my mental illnesses for 27 years.  In that time I have had many ups and downs with my meds. I have taken my night meds in […] Read more…

    Disability Disco

      I found myself out of work and also unable to work because of my bone-crushing depression…a rather vexing combination. My depression was behind the wheel during this time and getting out of bed was a chore. My psychiatrist, who is by far the best doctor I’ve had, suggested that I apply for disability.  “You […] Read more…

    Panic At The Grocery Store

      My favorite place to have a panic attack is Wal-Mart (TM). I don’t know if its the large open space, the flourescent lighting or all the other shoppers that set me off, but something about Wal-Mart (TM) is panically delicious. I can be walking down an aisle, carefully plucking things from the shelves when […] Read more…

    Choosing a Psychiatrist

    A psychiatrist assists you with your mental health needs. You usually see them less often than a therapist and they are legally permitted to write prescriptions. If you’re fairly new to the mental health world, things can be quite confusing.  Suddenly you have a to be concerned about a therapist, a psychiatrist and, possibly, medications.  […] Read more…

    Wilford Brimley is My Spirit Animal

    Wilford Brimley is my spirit animal. You know Wilford Brimley. He does those commercials for diabetic supplies. Lest you think I’m being disrespectful of the illness, I will confide in you that I have Type II Diabetes. The way Mr. Brimley says the word “diabetes” is enough to send me over the edge with laughter. […] Read more…

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