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Differences in Depression Between Men and Women

Differences in Depression Between Men and Women

Depression is one of the most difficult conditions to contend with and manage. This is due in part to the fact that it can go undiagnosed for years. Many people...
April Is Stress Awareness Month

April Is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. When I first read that in a local newspaper, my response was “Really? As if we’re not all very well-aware that we are stressed —...

Always Something

It’s always something. A word, a phase, a song. Maybe a springtime breeze, the smell of a dog, the look in a boy’s face. Always. A time of year, a season,...
Today I Love Calmer Water

Today I Love Calmer Water

Today I love calmer waters both here on the bay and metaphorically in my life these days. I love the cottage feeling that getting up in the morning here gives me,...
What is Emotional Abuse?

What is Emotional Abuse?

Ron was reluctant to start the conversation with his wife, Robin, about their vacation plans this year. In years past, he would take a week off from work to spend...
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How to Overcome Perfectionism

How to Overcome Perfectionism

I’ve been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember—always caring about what other people think, worrying about being judged, and overanalyzing everything....
Happy Birthay, Elaina J

Happy Birthay, Elaina J

Tomorrow, April twenty first, is my thirty eighth birthday. In a way, I never thought this day would come. At the end of my twenties I was in the dark pit of depression....
Therapists Are Getting an Earful about Trump, Research Shows

Therapists Are Getting an Earful about Trump, Research Shows

With the release of the Mueller Report, emotions about politics are flaring. In the Trump era, that’s not new. What may be new about the past few years is the extent to which political topics are seeping into,...
Little Things Matter

Little Things Matter

It’s Easter this weekend, and all the candy is on sale, and I’ve been good about not binging on the chocolate eggs, and now it’s a buy one and get one free situation....
Challenge Accepted!

Challenge Accepted!

I told you yesterday that I got through a bunch of stuff. Did I mention that I got my back up system running again? Well, I did, and I go caught up writing blog posts for the blogs I write for....
6 Myths and 6 Truths About Perfectionism

6 Myths and 6 Truths About Perfectionism

Perfectionism seems straightforward, but it’s often misunderstood. Many people think perfectionism helps them achieve their goals and get better results. American culture continues to encourage perfectionism despite all of the research that indicates perfectionism is associated with increased anxiety,...
The Two Week Rule

The Two Week Rule

I have spent an awful lot of money while manic. Almost all of it on things I later regretted buying. When I
Things I Say to My Pets That I Need to Hear Myself

Things I Say to My Pets That I Need to Hear Myself

Pets have always been so essential in my life. I started begging for a pet bird when I was seven years old. At age eight, a green and white parakeet named Perky arrived and we were instantly inseparable....
Fat And Happy Vs Slim And Unhappy: Medication Side-Effects

Fat And Happy Vs Slim And Unhappy: Medication Side-Effects

Before I started my Bipolar medications I was a healthy slim size but was unstable mentally, always swinging up and down between two extremes, often self-harming and suicidal, often in crisis and generally very unhappy most of the time....