What Causes Addiction ?

LindaBlogging at:  Queasypeasy and Catch Us CampingWhen a person cannot stop using a substance and find themselves continually experiencing cravings to use that substance or struggling to resist the urge to use we call that addiction. Most people have a view about what addiction is; some are quite rigid while others are more flexible and open-minded in regard to their views on addiction or the person struggling with addiction....more

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Beginning

I started Down the Rabbit Hole when I was blogging at Living a Faerie Tale and started my mental health journey with a PPD diagnosis....more

Who Knows?

I’ll start by saying I don’t like to speculate on why people do what they do. However, in regards to the recent shooting in California by the 22-year-old virgin, I am chiming in after all. The reason is that I am a surrogate partner therapist treating a number of “late virgins,” and what I offer has helped many of them enter into solid intimate relationships for the first time. This therapeutic model is based on  Dr....more

Help Stigma Fighters Become a 501C3

Stigma Fighters is a blog series that I created where real people with mental health issues are sharing their journeys.  People living with PTSD, PPD, ADHD, depression, panic disorder and other mental health issues are being candid about their struggles. I am truly amazed by the bravery in these journeys. ...more

Depression, Like the Governor in the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas...It Comes and Goes.

I have depression, plain and simple.  I wouldn't describe myself as a depressed person but the fact of the matter is that I have been on anti-depressants longer than I have been off of them. This leads people to think I am chronically unhappy....more

Maternal Depression Four Years Out: It's Worse When You Think It'll Be Better

2004 was the year my daughter was born. 2008 was the year I found myself in intensive therapy and starting my first serious experience with antidepressants. I was a mess: lashing out at my husband, crying in conference rooms at my then-job, breaking down sobbing while giving my daughter a bath and then feeling terribly guilty for letting her see me fall apart. I attributed it to our move to the suburbs, my husband's job, my daughter's still-refusal to sleep through the night ... really anything but PPD. I mean, four years out is a little late for that, right? Maybe not. ...more
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I Called Dad but Dementia Answered

As has been the case a lot lately, the day just got away from me.  The plan is to visit with dad tomorrow.  But, it’s more on my mind that I didn’t see him yesterday or today.  It’s getting late.  My best guess is he’s likely already had his shower and is tucked in bed for the night.  I feel like I need to hear his voice.  The phone is right there by his bed on the nightstand.  His second roommate in five mont...more
220cortstreet Thank you for the comment.  Yes, I do know what you mean. Being grateful for what ...more

Verified: I am a total wackjob

It’s kind of hard to talk about this but on some level I feel I should.  What I am about to tell you may change the way you think about me, but I hope it doesn’t.  I hope that it changes the way that you think about mental illness. Many of you know I have had health problems for the past two and a half years....more
I think you're incredibly brave to continue going to therapy, for facing the actual diagnosis, ...more

Gifted Women, Gifted Girls and Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while mental health concerns affect everyone, women face distinct challenges. Women possess unique biochemical and hormonal influences that predispose them to certain mental illnesses, and they respond differently to environmental stresses....more