Parenting, Am I Doing it Right?

So normally I don’t take to social media to vent or seek advice from. Recently however I have found myself wondering how many other parents, mothers or fathers, find themselves in a similar situation to the one I am currently navigating. I am a single mother with two very high energy boys. I love them unconditionally. I have a wonderful and supportive family that is there for me when I need them and their father is involved in their lives. I have worked hard to create and maintain a fairly good relationship with my ex-husband so that my children do not ever feel like have to choose a side....more

Does "Natural" Treatment Work for Depression?

Not for everyone. Not all of the time.Angel Chang recently posted on "The 10 best natural ways to treat depression." (See While she does acknowledge that "clinical depression is triggered from within, and very often need[s] medical attention" and "it's imperative to consult your physician if you notice an abrupt change in your mood, feelings, or sense of well-being," her article is about "easy" ways to treat depression yourself....more

I Have Bipolar Disorder Type 2, and This Is My Story

I have bipolar disorder type 2. This is my story. ...more
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Holiday Stress and Health: How To Help A Friend or Family

The holiday season is now in full swing here in the U.S. Although the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is supposed to be happy and filled with joy, that’s not always the case....more

My New Mental Health Tattoo

Once again I have gotten a tattoo, supporting the cause of mental health.A few months ago, I became a part of what's called the semicolon project and wrote about it in this post: For those of you who aren't up on the terminology, a semicolon tattoo represents mental health awareness, especially erasing the stigma, and suicide prevention....more

The Spike

It was The Year of Living With Rex, and for me that meant dangerously. I was undiagnosed and unmedicated, except for wine. I had already been through an episode of cutting. I was clueless and stubborn, isolated and emotionally abused. Tired to my soul and trying to claw my way through my last year of college and a relationship that has affected me to this day....more

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

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

On Your First Visit With A Psychologist

I finally got in with my psychologist yesterday and I couldn't be happier. I have been waiting and waiting to be able to talk to someone uninhibited.I have a great support system, but I often feel like my illness is a burden on them as well. Because they care about me, they worry about me. When I vent over and over again about the same things, it wears on them. I know that they will always be there for me, but now I don't have to worry them with the insignificant things....more

The Bloggess and Mental Health

I met the Bloggess (aka Jenny Lawson) recently at a book signing for <em>Furiously Happy</em>, her second book. (Her first book was <em>Let's Pretend This Never Happened</em>.)...more