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

Therapy

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

Are we too afraid be sad or angry these days?

If you've ever been told to "calm down" when you were angry or "cheer up" when you're sad then you know how infuriating it feels to get such inane advice in the face of strong emotion. Social media itself has become one big happiness quote after another, each telling us all to look on the bright side....more

Strike While the Iron is Hot

I was at the chiropractor's office the other day praising the massage therapist in her office. ...more

Stripper Damage

     Post Traumatic Stripper Disorder. Is there such a thing?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpwG4u_ofjY                                             What is Stripper Damage? PTSD Post Traumatic Stripper Disorder. Is there such a thing?         ...more

Once You're Out Of The Box It's Hard To Get Back In

I'm going through something. All of a sudden the weirdness of life has slapped me upside the head again. "Hey gurl! It's me you're old friend Weird! Just wanted to let you know that nothings changed…It's all still really freaking weird!"...more