A case of the grumpies or childhood depression: How to figure it out in just a few easy steps

People often think childhood depression is a myth. I mean, what could a kid possibly be depressed about? A lot, as it turns out… school difficulties, problems with friends, family conflict, health concerns; the list is endless. But the majority of kids experience at least some stress at one time or another, and not every child is depressed. So how does it happen? Good question....more

Writing My Scars. Why I Share too Much in my Blogs.

I am a strangely private person. I say that because I keep my 'stuff' close to the vest. I'm not one to let people know if something is going on with me. I don't share my problems, or discuss my difficulties. However, once I gain a little understanding and truth about my process, I will share it all. Down to the last gory detail. Showing every bump, bruise and scar. Why? Because I am supposed to. I have to. It's my job. It's my call. I wouldn't be me if I didn't....more


It’s so easy to lay blame when we see news stories like this one in which a pregnant mother, with her three kids on board, drove her van into the ocean....more

I Am Not A Top Ten List

As I read various posts, links to stories which link to other stories, I see the repeating titles: "Six Ways You Can...", "Three Things To Do To Fix...", "Top Twenty...", "First Five..."; on, and on, and on. I did a search on depression. More than half of the suggested blog posts were lists. A search on anxiety was just as bad. Mental illness is a still very stigmatized condition and so is quite misunderstood and outright denied by many people. My sister-in-law doesn't believe mental illness exists (people are just lazy)....more
I feel your pain. I think it's sad that people don't understand how powerful the mind really is. ...more

Depression is a beast

 Depression is a beast. It takes insecurities and amplifies them. It takes accomplishments and minimizes them....more
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I am a caterpillar

I know my whole life is a big long journey, but for me, postpartum depression and anxiety has been its own separate adventure. It's like I got lost and separated from the trail at some point and have been spending the last couple of years reorienting myself and frantically bushwhacking through the jungle to get back....more

The Days They Don't Teach You Words For

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” ~ Dory, Finding NemoToday is not a good day.Today I feel bad.Today hurts.I speak four and a half different languages but I still don’t know a word to identify the way I feel today....more

From tiny seeds grow great things

Self centered. Self loathing. Selfless. Selfish. Selfie. Self assured. Self sustaining. I can do it mySELF.This month I have entered a writing challenge called NaBloPoMo, which stands for National Blog Posting Month. The theme for this month, and the challenge, is to write daily around the concept of self.It's a pretty broad term, self, and it kind of strikes me as funny, because, really, what blogger does not want to talk about themselves?...more

Stripped to the Core

Imagine a coil wrapped tightly around your chest, constricting, making breathing difficult.Imagine a tidal wave of self doubt and loss of self in a maze of insecurities.Imagine having a loose hold on your emotional outbursts because you feel change is upon you.Imagine equal measures of exasperation and frustration prick and prod you.Imagine me...more