Full Moon, Agitated Hearts

As is my way, I was racing the clock, squeaking in to the meeting two minutes late. In my defense, I was hustling because I had stopped to buy a baguette to set out during the meeting, in case anyone needed a late-afternoon snack. While at the store hunting down carbohydrates, I had also grabbed a latte. Three shots of espresso were hitting my bloodstream, working magic on my burning eyelids and oxygen-hungry brain....more

Does Therapy Really Help?

When I was a kid, my mom taught me many things.  (Duh, really?  Was that even a necessary sentence?)  She taught me many things, and most of them were what you could consider “different” than what a lot of other parents taught their kids.  You see, my parents are Christian Science, a religion most people either don’t know about, don’t understand, or just flat out confuse with another religion (like, hmm, Scientology for example). ...more
A Healthy Woman Thank you so much for the encouragement!  And, thanks for sharing your own story!more

ElectroTherapy Unit for Pain Relief

Amber @ Fit, Foodie RunsEnter here: http://www.fitfoodieruns.com/2014/10/07/giveaway-electro-therapy-pain-re... Psst. Hey you…runner. Can you read me? I have something amazing to share with you…Yeah, I’m talking to you. Come here....more

All the Mentally Ill Shooters Were in Treatment

We have seen a cascading avalanche of violence unfold since the events at Columbine showed us that a couple of dissatisfied teens could yield great force upon a school with easily acquired weapons of convenient distruction.   Which is most memorable?    Do you think more of Gabby Giffords and the great things she could do had not a mentally ill youth put a bullet in her brain while his parents tried to discern what he was up to....more

Knowing When to Seek Professional Help

No, I'm not referring to hiring a housekeeper or a personal chef, I'm talking about finding a professional to talk to.  A therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, etc. Last week was a rough one for me.  I had been dressing my face in a smile and plowing through the myriad of things that were on my plate....more

Reflections on Charlotte (Or What I Learned About Life From My Therapist's Death)

Until a year ago, Charlotte was my therapist. I use the word “my” loosely, as I hadn't had a session with her for close to four years. But she was the person I sobbingly met with when I was 18 years old and in the throes of depression, and with whom I built a relationship—fluidly moving in and out of contact—over the following decade. ...more

When does therapy benefit gifted adolescents?

Gifted adolescents are no more prone to social or emotional difficulties than other teens.1  Yet, the burden of feeling different from peers, and attempts to offset stigma and rejection, create a unique set of conflicts. At a point in their development when social acceptance seems essential, many gifted teens go to great lengths to hide their abilities from others....more

Daily Writing

I can't believe I signed up for this.  I am daily blogging again.  I am also writing a novel for November.  I have to confess, I am going to copy and paste my old blog into my novel. I will edit later to add to my word count.  I feel somewhat guilty about not typing those words this Novemeber.  I am not cheating.  They are still my words, just many years ago, when I was struggling more . I wrote.   I released.  I reconnected....more


I tried doing a blog before and it didn't work out. I think now I'm ready to talk about things. I believe blogging can be a form of therapy. I've done therapy before and it gives you some good tools to use when out of the counselor's office. Of course, it also helps you spot when your friends are self-medicating.  ...more

Need Advice

I don't know how many of you have experienced this but Camryn has started fighting therapy. Every time we go she starts crying during PT and OT. The therapists asked me to wait outside yesterday because she was so upset and kept trying to come get me to comfort her. It broke my heart listening to her cry from down the hallway. When I first started therapy I heard kids crying and I was so grateful Cam was so well behaved. But, she has become that kid. What are some tactics you use to make this better or easier?...more