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    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

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