8 Ways to Ease Anxiety

Anxiety is something that many of us struggle with, some openly and some more privately. I’m lucky that my anxiety has typically been fairly minor, but that’s not the case with everyone. One of the many things blogging has done for me is to teach me that I’m not even close to alone in my struggle with anxiety....more

Determining Mom's favorite

Most siblings have had the argument over who Mom's favorite child is. To the non-favorite child, the choice is obvious. but the favorite will usually still claim that they are not the one (even when everyone knows they are). As we've learned before, the favorite child can change over time, depending on how similar/dissimilar a child is to their parent in terms of social and political views....more

Things That Work – Sometimes

Right now I am in the middle of a fairly deep depression. It has gone on for days, which is unusual now that I am more or less stabilized on medication. But there is no let-up in sight....more

How Disneyland Saved Me from Social Anxiety

oKatniss blogs at The Cardboard Kitty and Dolly Nomnom, is mom to two on the spectrum, and used to have a life, but now feeds fish and yells at cats all day....more
N_Mayxo, the only semi-helpful advice I have about those is to just remember that *they end* ...more

How happy are you really?

As mentioned before, when I have a bad day I sometimes play a little game with myself called, "When Mom was my age." For example: When my Mom was my age she had a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter....more

Depression

Autumn has always been a difficult time of year for me, even as far back as when I was a teenager.It's the start of allergy season.  It's when the Sun climbs less high in the sky every day.  It's when school really starts to get serious.Well, I'm not in school anymore, but my daughter is.  I get up before dawn to help her get ready for the day -- make her breakfast, pack her lunch, and see her off.  Plus I make sure the cats and dog are fed.  Otherwise they might try to steal her food....more
Arnebya Thank you so much for your kindness!more

Suicide

Thank you. I have survived 2 suicide attempts. https://lasamaritanablog.wordpress.commore

Who set the standard?

While I was in therapy today I got to this place of curiosity as to where my standards come from.  Specifically, how I achieved 3 things this week, but since they would be considered minor to anyone else, I found myself thinking/ saying "it was great, but I could have done so much more..."  the issue of never being good enough.  Where does my standard for daily achievement for a depressed girl come from?...more

Depression knocks again

I really don't know what makes it happen.  It just hit last week.Crippling anxiety.  Tears.  Depression.  Rolling on and on and on.I feel lost.  I feel afloat.  I feel as if I can't put my feet down.I'm depressed.I've had a rough two years -- loss of my dad and loss of my marriage.But?  I lived.  I made it through.Things are back on track.  Work is hard.  Single mothering is hard.  Balance is hard.Hell....life is hard.  I'm not the only one with stress....more
manifatso It IS an achievement.....more

Mental Illness: We can't treat it if we can't talk about it

When I was in sixth grade, my father lost his job. He spent most of the next year sleeping. He was angry, volatile and unpredictable. We kids tiptoed down the hallway, and our mantra became, “Don’t wake Daddy up!” Our other mantra, provided by my mother, was, “What goes on in this house stays in this house.” And it did. My mother, like the rest of us, suffered in silence. It was far too scary to talk about, even among ourselves. While the worst of it passed, it never really went away....more