Day 5 - Suicide is Not Painless

Warning, this post is being written a little tongue in cheek... just a little......more

Dancing in the Light During the Seasons When Darkness Abounds

Confession: My greatest fear is that I will lose my life to suicide....more
Hey, Addye, hang in there. You're doing great. One month.more

Pro-Actively Beat the Winter Blues - Part 1

With the fall time change, the days are shorter and darkness looms longer, ready to invade our very being.  If you or a loved one struggles with depression, this time of year can make that worse. The cold and the darkness can promote staying inside and isolating, and the darkness weighs us down like an anchor on the bottom of the ocean floor.While many suffer from the cloak of depression throughout the year, others suffer only during the winter months with what was called Seasonal Affective Disorder in reaction to the decreased sunlight to our nervous system....more

Tired of Falling into Anger Traps

­­Are you holding onto anger towards someone? I have been and it is a lot of work to continually remind myself why I am angry, how they hurt me, how amazing I am for enduring unfairness. The nursing of wrath is exhausting, which in itself adds another check in the “poor me” column....more
I love your style of writing. I still struggle with anger, after many years of working on it. ...more

Why "Three Little Birds"?

Why "Three Little Birds" for this blog?...more

Focusing on Stress

I’m excited! Today is November 1st....more

People With Borderline Personality Trait that I Know

I happen to know many people, or those affiliated with folks I know, who have borderline personality traits.  I say traits rather than disorder because it is incredibly common, has many good points as well as negative, and is a manageble condition.  Let me list a few, names changed to protect privacy.Marvin Felt Abandoned...more

Borderline Personality in Teens: The Thing That Works

I have read the many books on parenting teens, helping those with Borderline Personality Disorder, and treatment advice.  In addition, I have years of finding the best therapist with the longest waiting list and figuring out how to get my child in for an appointment.  I have guarded her privacy and searched for answers.  I have offered her support, found external supports, and consulted the school.  What works?...more

My Husband's Suicide

(Piece originally written in 2004; updated in 2006 &  2014. Since I am new to this whole “blogging” thing, I wanted to give my new readers some more background as to who I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  It’s been a journey.  As it continues, I hope you enjoy taking it with me at www.mamalawmadingdong.com.)...more

Separating from your spouse? Say hello to Mr. Panic Attack

Other kids had imaginary friends growing up, I had panic attacks. I think I had my first panic attack when I was four. I remember a big one when I was seven, visiting Opryland. I began hyperventilating during a stage show medley of country classics and had to be taken to their medical center. (But really, was it a panic attack or a way to get the hell out of Opryland?...more