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

4 Tips to Avoid Having Friends Who Suck the Life Out of You

If you are reading this post, you probably have a friend or two that suck the life out of you.  GET RID OF THEM! Gasp!  Horror!  If you haven't ever removed a friend from your life, it sounds so scary.  I remember the first time it was suggested to me that I remove someone from my life, it was a very long term friend...  I thought, what?!?!?!?  How is that even possible?...more

Flashback Friday: My Brain is Broken

Let's take a trip down memory lane to the last time I had a really bad depressive episode. It's been over a year without one and that's an extremely long time for me. I owe it all to my anti-depressant and I couldn't be happier about it. January 13, 2014 me was not happyThis past week has been a long one....more

Dealing with Stigmas

Stigma- noun - a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person: example, "the stigma of mental disorder" ...more

Home is where your heart is

Back to blogging!Finally I’m back to Brazil, and I’m fine. All the anxiety of the last days seems to have disappeared. Of course I was sick on the plane (I still have to find an explanation to this one), and it hasn’t been all perfect since I landed (I was held  in the Federal Police office for a little while…), but I’m relaxed. Actually, you know what? I’m happy....more