Out of the Darkness and Into the Light - Coping with Postpartum Depression

I have been dealing with some form of depression and anxiety for most of my life. I am 37 years old and I honestly can barely remember a time when this was not part of me. Part of my every day. Part of who I am. Over the years I have tried a lot of methods of self help and professional help to get through the vast fields of dead flowers in my mind to try and find the sunshine and soft new blooms that I know are there. Some things work, some don't, but I had found a way to mostly manage my every day despite some slips backwards here and there....more

5 Natural Ways to Ease Depression

Summer always makes me long for the beach.I hear the crash of the waves on the shore, the cry of the gull in the sky, and the laughter of my children on the sand. I feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, I smell the scent of sunscreen on the breeze and taste the salt in the air. When I open my eyes, however, I see laundry. And dishes. And more laundry. ...more

Furry Finches

Hello there! My name is Michelle: therapist-in-training by day, blogger by night. I’ve created Furry Finches to share my experiences of being a mid-20’s debt-free hopeful. My goal is to provide insight into the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along my way to help me achieve my goals....more

How I Learned a Few Social Skills

I thought my social skills were bad until I encountered a woman who asked me, "Do you have mental problems?" (She recognized me from our mutual psychiatrist's waiting room, but still....)With practice, however, I have been able to improve my casual conversation skills, at least enough to get by in some situations, as long as they don't last more than an hour. Here are my secrets. They do take practice. I have been fortunate to have had people to practice with – friends, coworkers, and of course my husband....more

Indigo Impulsion

Im Emily, 25 and have Borderline Personality disorder. Ive worked in Education for 8 years but man I can't  hold down a job! Impulse just doesnt work that way! I also read tarot cards and am a clairvoyant, empath and healer, (just to mix it up a bit!)Ive just started my first ever blog, about BPD, spirituality and living life fuelled by uncontrollable impulse. Id love it if you could take a look, and id really appreciate any feedback or comments!Thank you! www.indigoimpulsion.comhttps://www.facebook.com/indigoimpulsion/?fref=nf  ...more

How My Anxiety Disorder Influences My Sex Life

I wish I heard more conversations about how mental health impacts sex. I’ve always been a very sexual person. As soon as I hit puberty, I was fascinated by sex.My best friend and I talked about it all the time, putting our heads together to imagine what it would really be like. Would it be like it was in the movies, in the books we got at the library?...more
BlogHer people who don't know the complete numbness of #Anxiety can't grasp the idea that we ...more

Mama's Day, Mental Health and Birthdays, Oh My!

A day I some what dread is fast approaching, and it’s been a struggle finding the right words for this post.  This day of all days is this Mother's Day, but it happens to be C's birthday on Sunday too - which I am totally not dreading but very excited about.  It is also May now which means it is mental health awareness month.  There are many people in my life who have been affected by mental health and it’s plethora of issues that come with it....more

The Importance of Self-Care

It’s a slow rise. One that I am attentively attending to. I anticipated the hard fall. Although I did not anticipate the fall to be as hard as it was. I was prepared for the days that followed. A dear friend of mine loving referred to my journey after my father died as a Forced Rebirth; calling April 7th my Forced Rebirth Day. I’ve embraced that. I’m finding great comfort in it. And in my self-care, I am celebrating it. My life is so very different now....more

How I Said Goodbye to Depression by Switching to the Paleo Diet

For decades I always believed that cavemen had the best diet, as refined carbohydrates were not present then, and therefore cavemen were able to eat a lot more healthily and as nature intended. (1)...more
GiGiEats Thanks, Gigi.  Changing to the paleo diet really has made a positive difference to my ...more