Archives for Personal Stories

Disorders

OCD and Distraction

I’ve previously written about my son’s stay at a world-renowned residential treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder. After being there for nine weeks, we felt it was time for Dan...
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Anti-anxiety

My Experience with Therapy

My name is Nicole and I am a 37-year-old mother, blogger, mental health awareness advocate, and caregiver who also happens to live with bipolar disorder. I am very happy...
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General

The Power of Touch

I thought about how much I should leave her. She kept the beers coming and she was easy on the eyes. I like her, I thought; she deserves a...
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Disorders

OCD and Fear of Treatment

I’ve previously written about recovery avoidance in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It can be heartbreaking for family and friends to know there is treatment for the illness, yet their...
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Abuse

A Tribute to OCD Heroes

I recently attended a family funeral at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, Calif., about 15 miles southeast of Disneyland and fewer than 10 miles from John...
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General

Writing for Health

I hate to admit it but it’s true: I’m terrible at keeping a journal. I probably have half a dozen notebooks lying around, each one with no more than...
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General

How to Be Alone

I often spend at least twelve hours a day being very much in the presence of others. Caring for patients, discussing cases with attending doctors, interacting with nurses and social...
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Anorexia

Anger and Anorexia

It took an eating disorder to finally teach me how to get angry. Many people with eating disorders are like me in that they feel reluctant — even downright...
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General

The Compass of Now

Many books on the healing power of meditation belabor the importance of breathing and focused practice. In her new book, DDnard — the popular name of a spiritual guru in...
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