Tag: depression

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A leather bound book on my patient’s bedside table caught my eye. I asked her about it. Truthfully, I knew exactly what I was looking at. I was simply finding an excuse to strike up a conversation concerning the one thing I just can’t shut up about… [ 258 more words ] Testament 57: finding rest

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This is an old article I wrote that I found hidden away in my blog somewhere. Date: 10/14/15 Our mind is an elaborate maze and our choices influence whether or not we get to the end of that maze. It isn’t easy, though, because as humans, we often find the need to make things more…

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Hallucinations are often brought up in conversations that have to do with serious mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia (and other illnesses that I won’t try naming). Rarely, though, do I see people discussing hallucinations as an extension of the grieving process, so I thought that this would make an interesting article. I’m a huge fan…

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“Who am I?” That’s a question most of us struggle with for years. We’re molded into the fighters of tomorrow based on the battles of today; that’s something I’ve learned over the years and I learned it the hard way. Let’s steer this in a slightly different direction for a bit. The key to leadership…

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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Nov 11

Deep Rest

Sometimes, I wonder if there’s a point in trying to recover. I’ve been struggling for so long that somewhere along the way, I lost the part of myself that enjoyed being alive, happy and laughing. Twice a week, though, I get to walk into the room of a therapist, who, in a very genuine way,…

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It’s been one week since the death of my abuser, and one day since I discovered the dark reality of how he died. Suicide. This sort of grief is a tricky thing. Should you be furious? Sad? Angry? Relieved? Curious? What if I felt all of those things? What kind of person does that make…

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Since November of last year I have really began to grasp the severity and importance of mental health problems. I slowly became more comfortable discussing the stigmatized subject. With the help of a semi-traumatic event last November (and I’m not certain I’m dramatizing that either), I was pushed into advocating for mental health to be…

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It’s been a couple of months since my therapist introduced me to Brené Brown. Her book The Gifts of Imperfection changed my life; it helped me understand how to sit with my vulnerability and discover my authentic self. After finishing that book, I scoured bookstores and online websites for more of Brown’s work. I found her book I…

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Depression is drowning in an ocean of despair while another part of you is cutting away your lifeline that would keep you from drowning. Can you imagine how frightening that could be? Imagine fighting that fight every day. Depression can come and go for me. I have good days, bad days, and really, really bad…

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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Oct 28

The Leap

I regret those times when I’ve chosen the dark side. I’ve wasted enough time not being happy. – Jessica Lange Every writer can point to that one piece of writing that changed everything. For me, it was a piece titled: Safety. What is “Safety” about? Here’s a snippet: “One of the most important things that my current therapist…