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ADHD or Normal Procrastination?

ADHD or Normal Procrastination?

Last week, I wrote about the often frantic process of meeting a deadline when you have ADHD. It’s fair enough if you read that post and wondered, “but doesn’t everyone...
When Your Recovery Is Frustratingly Slow

When Your Recovery Is Frustratingly Slow

It seems like you’ve been ill forever. For weeks, maybe months, it has felt like a major effort to do life. On a good day, you might muddle through. On...
Today I Love Pondering Potential Changes

Today I Love Pondering Potential Changes

Today I love pondering potential changes and considering contingency plans for various outcomes. I love that we are comfortable and happy and yet we are willing to look to changes...
Reflection: 11 Years Out Of Hospitalization

Reflection: 11 Years Out Of Hospitalization

It’s been 11 years since my last vacation at the crisis stabilization unit. That’s a mental health facility hospital…description for anyone that doesn’t understand the terminology CSU. That’s not to...
Don’t Force Gratitude

Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During...
How To Parent Like A Leader and Lead As A Parent

How To Parent Like A Leader and Lead As A Parent

There are few topics that elicit as many approaches and opinions as “what makes a great leader”.  Leadership is one of those characteristics that is easier to experience than define. ...
Podcast:  Support Groups for Mental Illness – What are They?

Podcast: Support Groups for Mental Illness – What are They?

 Most people understand how doctors and therapists work, but many people can’t quite wrap their minds around support groups – especially peer-led ones. In this episode, our hosts dissect...
Slow Crafting Tips: Petalplum Interview Part II

Slow Crafting Tips: Petalplum Interview Part II

Last week Ellie of PetalPlum shared her thoughts on slow stitching with us. She provided insight into her slow living approach to life. She shared the value of finding joy...
The 13 Biggest Disappointments of Adulthood

The 13 Biggest Disappointments of Adulthood

A recent post on Reddit got the community buzzing about what they felt were the biggest disappointments of adulthood. Most of the responses were quite heartfelt – many were a...
The Sanity Of An Egg

The Sanity Of An Egg

“If you still want me, Oh, tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree.”  Irwin Levine / L. Russell Brown There is a great power in the symbolic action.  From...
How to Reconnect to Yourself

How to Reconnect to Yourself

Reconnecting to ourselves doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to include grand gestures or pricey spa days or week-long retreats. It can be small. And it can be...
Raised By Struggling Parents: The Invisible Child

Raised By Struggling Parents: The Invisible Child

Some people were raised by narcissists, and some were raised by addicts. Some were raised by parents who were emotionally immature, and others were raised by workaholics. As a psychologist,...

Anxieties of Childbirth

In our book A Womb of Her Own, (Routledge, 2017) author Helena Vissing writes as follows: Balsam is in line with Holmes (2008) on the potential for psychic restructuring in...
New Study Shows How Motivation Affects Diet

New Study Shows How Motivation Affects Diet

A new study suggests that people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthily. Led by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England, the study...
Periodontitis May Increase Risk for Dementia

Periodontitis May Increase Risk for Dementia

A new South Korean study adds to the growing body of evidence that chronic periodontitis may be a risk factor for dementia. Periodontitis occurs when an untreated gum infection spreads...