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    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…

    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…

    Hospitalization: The Marian Center

    Hospitalization Part I This is the first post in a three part series about hospitalization. I wrote this series because my impression of hospitalization was so different from the reality and I wanted to share my new perception to, perhaps, help you not be afraid of hospitalization. I’d spent the last several months spiraling into […] Read more…

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