This year has been a trip. When it began I was working at a new location while enrolled in a certificate program for the first time in a decade. I knew that I was going to have an increase in stress and symptoms but I felt like I have done so much exposure therapy that … More Progress is NOT Linear!
Working on my mental health has really inspired me to keep making steps towards my values. I want to keep moving in a direction that is meaningful to me, so this year I vowed that I would start putting my dreams into action. One of my dreams has been to move to a new apartment. … More I Completed My First Goal!
I used to think that meditation was all about giving yourself a few minutes to unwind by sitting quietly and clearing your mind, which ultimately would help you to feel less stressed. Then I would attempt to meditate, and I would be unsuccessful in clearing my mind and I would become frustrated. The whole process … More Meditation is Making My Brain Fit
When I drowned at the beach as a child, I tried to scream underwater Bubbles captured the sound and carried it away to the thin sheet of surface And I think that I never left that sunken place, where grains of sand danced before my grey eyes . As I sit in this place the … More (Poetry) Drowning
My daughter’s therapist suggested that I could work with her at home by doing thought records. Thought records are a CBT tool that helps someone identify their negative thinking and change it. The idea is that negative thinking is learned thinking, and it turns into automatic thinking by repetition. So this tool helps someone to … More My Thoughts On Thought Records
I was looking through old photos recently and I came across some of my daughter as a baby. This time of my life stands out to me so vividly because it was a time of great joy and also suffering. I was constantly running on an hour or two of sleep, sometimes seeing tracers and … More Childhood is a Short Season
More and more people are becoming inspired to spread awareness of our broken mental health care system by telling their own story, and by speaking on podcasts, Instagram, websites, in lectures and at workshops. And yet, it seems like change to this system is not happening fast enough. Last year, I met a man through … More What About Bharat?