I'm Still Me

   Hokay. So. Today I have a piece on the Oklahoma City Moms Blog on my postpartum depression.But Kelly, I didn’t know you had PPD. ...more

I Kissed a Murderer

This time last year, I learned a high school crush of mine murdered his neighbor by partially scalping and stabbing him with a samurai sword. ...more
Ashleigh Burroughs Thank you for your comment and for being a part of the larger conversation! ...more

Keeping it real

Today is my first 'weigh in' day.  After two days of 'loading' (eating lots of high fat foods) I woke up yesterday feeling less than prime.  I weighed myself - 191.8 lbs (a full 1.8 lbs heavier than when I did my first blog proving the loading really does just that - load) - and decided coffee was not going to be my friend.  Cuz then I would want toast.  Toast was not on the list.  It also wasn't on the menu as I had deliberately not bought any....more

Fibro: A year later

What would I do if the pain was gone?            It has been over a year since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Previous to that, I had always just been “unstable.” One day I stopped taking all of the psych meds…and the crazy, for a while at least, disappeared. No depression. No anxiety.  There was new hope. It was like I was given a second chance as a completely different person….and then the pain started....more

Under The Skin: My experience with dermatillomania

When we talk about depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, we often mention signs and symptoms such as low mood, decreased appetite, withdrawal from social situations and fatigue. Aside from the more well-recognised side effects of mental illness, there are plenty of related conditions that are rarely mentioned. Mental health is a complex thing, and one persons depression will be very different from the next person. Each of us sufferers has their own brand of issues, symptoms and comorbidities....more

A Breastfeeding Mother's Fear: Will My Baby Fail The Weight Check?

Butterflies in my stomach, inability to sleep.  Hope that I would make the grade, nerves that I would not. Anxiety about being blamed for something I was ignorant about. Trepidation about being judged, eager for praise, terrified of being reprimanded. Did the baby gain enough weight? Did the baby gain enough weight? I study the nurse’s face as she places him on the scale.  I see a flicker of concern in her eyes. I think, “The weight is bad.” How the hell am I supposed to know how much the baby is supposed to weigh?...more

Confessions of a Super-Charged Sugar Junkie

No sugar or no credit card. Both sound equally horrible and equally impossible. But I feel it may come down to that. A choice I must make, some change to rid either my body or my wallet of those toxins. Because let’s face it: I’m an addict. If I didn’t find the thought so disgusting, I would dip my Visa in sugar, indulging myself in two vices with one lick of the tongue. I scoff at people who have no willpower - those who are overweight or addicted to drugs. From high on my perch, I glare down and mock them for their lack of self-control....more
I loved this. Thanks for sharing. And yes, Haagen-Dazs, is my heroin, too. We all have our ...more

How to Be Kind to Yourself

About a year ago, in the middle of my yoga session, the yogi said something that was so profound and life changing that I stopped – mid Warrior.  As she adjusted one of my classmate’s poses, the classmate commented quietly that the lower she went in the pose, the more her “fat rolls poked out”.  The yogi, her hand gently on the woman’s hip, said something that nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity and sincerity. “Your body is listening,” she said softly as she adjusted her lunge lower.  “Speak kindly, as you would to a dear friend.”...more

Promising Research Links Vitamin D to Your Mental Health

A study by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, links a vitamin 70% of us don't get enough of to the regulation of serotonin throughout the body....more

My kid knows their ABC's, isn't that enough?

When I first started my current position, I learned all sorts of things that benefited me personally. The most important- how to support your child's mental health. Sure, I knew early experiences lay the foundation for later development. I knew that mental health issues impacted children. But I always thought of it in extremes. Like severe traumatic experiences. Adoption/foster care. I knew of course the importance of being aware of these issues and how it impacts children....more