Archives for Personal Stories

Anxiety

My Journey with Anxiety

There is a problem in thinking that you are supposed to be advancing in your practice all the time. You don’t have to constantly be on the road. If...
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Anti-anxiety

First Times and Anxiety

How do you understand when anxiety is finally over? I’ve asked myself this question many times. Let me be frank: I have no answer to that. Nevertheless, a few...
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Bipolar

Inside My Manic Mind

I often think people misconceptualize bipolar disorder. They hear it and think of a person who is kind and gentle, and then, out of the blue, they turn into...
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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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