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    I Cannot Adult Properly

    Family gatherings can be full of joy, just “ok” or spectacularly awful.  Family events poke at my less than stellar adulting points….those areas of life where I just don’t feel like I’m living up to (someone else’s) expectations. One such area that I am woefully deficient is cooking skills.  Due to being mentally ill for […] Read more…

    Eight Quick Mood Enhancers

    We all find ourselves down in the dumps at different times.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some easy things you could do to lift your spirits? Well, there are and I’ve listed eight of them here.  By no means are there only eight things you can do to raise your mood, but these […] Read more…

    Wanted: Support Network

    A support network is a group of people comprised of medical professionals, friends and family that you can turn to to help you cope with your mental illness.  Your support network can ground you, provide emotional support and coping skills.  Often, just being in the company of someone you feel safe with is enough to […] Read more…

    Mental Illness and My Life

      Genes, Divorce and Hormones There are three factors I consider prominent in my mental illness blossoming when it did: my parents divorce, puberty and genetics. My parents divorced when I was 11. I considered this a positive thing because my father was a violent, narcissistic mess who couldn’t stand being around his kids and […] Read more…

    Quick Tips for Dealing With Anxiety

      I wake up and my first thought is, “what is wrong?” Then I go through a little list in my head: appointments? Yes, crap; my husband, he seems fine; my son, he was fine the last time I saw him. It doesn’t take long before thoughts are swirling around my mind, sweeping away rational […] Read more…

    How To Have a Good Day

    No matter how you feel, there are things you can do to start your day off right. Do some gentle stretching to wake your body up. Take your medications. Put together a Grateful List.  List 10-15 items that you are grateful for.  Things like having a roof over your head, the people in your life […] Read more…

    Getting Things Done While Depressed

    When you’re depressed, it’s very difficult to get anything accomplished.  Your motivation is non-existent and you may have anxiety about things you need to do.  PsychCentral says don’t wait for motivation to come to you because it isn’t likely to happen. Depression also affects your self-esteem, so be sure to be kind to yourself.  Depression […] Read more…

    I’m Depressed. Now What?

    I have been depressed to varying degrees for the last 5-6 months.  What started out as my “usual” winter depression has now continued into summer.  Which is very unusual.  Summer is typically my best time, mentally.  So I’m feeling some fear, ok…I’m feeling a lot of fear. I have switched medications and dosages, dropping some […] Read more…

    Four Ways To Deal with Anxiety

      Anxiety. It’s a real PITA. It has a way of smothering all positive thoughts in your brain and delving into everything that’s wrong. It produces that nagging feeling that something is wrong accompanied by tingling hands and an upset stomach. And what if you need to go somewhere but you’re too anxious to go? […] Read more…

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