OCD is like anxiety on steroids, but it’s not just fear and worries. At its core, it’s doubt. I never considered that doubt was important until it consumed me and I realized how powerful it could be. We all have small doubts but can you consider how difficult it would be if you actually had … More Why Certainty Matters
One of my favorite movies is “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks. I always put on the DVD when I have nothing else to watch, and at this point I have seen it a hundred times. At some point when it is playing I can expect my boyfriend to chime in about how boring the film … More Chronic Illness Is Like ‘Cast Away’ To Me
Some of my older posts probably make it seem like I’m a little anti-antidepressants, and this is partially true. There is a whole camp of doctors and scientists that speak out about the “chemical imbalance” theory and the efficiency and safety of these drugs. It’s hard not to listen to these opinions when you aren’t … More It’s Never A Defeat to Use Medication to Keep Fighting
Recently I had a meeting at my daughter’s school to discuss her mental health. They asked me, “Is there any family history we should know about?” and my response was brilliant: “Well, it’s definitely genetic.” I said. “Her dad and I both have had… stuff… and that runs in families…. the mental health stuff does… … More What It’s Like Parenting a Child With A Mental Health Disorder
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 Made A Big Change!
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