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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....
Today I Love Being Challenged By Life

Today I Love Being Challenged By Life

Today I love being challenged by life the way I have been this week. I love how good it feels to succeed even at the easy things when they are made more difficult....
What is Mental Abuse?

What is Mental Abuse?

Brenda knew something was wrong in her marriage to Bill, but she was unable to put her finger on what. She felt like she was abused but he never hit...
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Neuromyth: Brain Scanners “See” Thinking

Neuromyth: Brain Scanners “See” Thinking

There are hundreds of intriguing headlines that combine with the general feeling of Big Brother watching your every move to result in the myth that we can somehow “see” brains...
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....
Best of Our Blogs: April 19, 2019

Best of Our Blogs: April 19, 2019

Many of us are still living in our childhood even if we’re not aware of it. It’s the reason we get easily overwhelmed, fall prey to others and external circumstances,...
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....
I Was Fine with Dining Alone. My Server Wasn’t.

I Was Fine with Dining Alone. My Server Wasn’t.

I love good food, but sometimes what most attracts me to a restaurant is the setting and the views. At one of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants, I can sit out on the porch on the top floor,...
Diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder: What’s Next?

Diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder: What’s Next?

Dissociative Disorders are characterized as mental disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection between reality and fantasy. Individuals that have this disorder often lack continuity between thoughts,...
Do You Recognize Your Own Resilience? Some Guidelines

Do You Recognize Your Own Resilience? Some Guidelines

I was recently in a shop with a friend when a young man in his late twenties came in to get his hair cut. Friendly and likeable he was amusing the hairdresser with some stories of his birthday....
Action Without Attention

Action Without Attention

If I tell you I was working on something and then I got distracted, you probably visualize me dropping whatever I was working on and going to do something else....
Chocolate: The Best Stress Easer at Easter

Chocolate: The Best Stress Easer at Easter

Question: What’s the tastiest Easter treat to ease stress?  Answer: the raw carrots left for the Easter Bunny. Wrong! The correct answer, per this chocolate devotee, is the delicious milk-chocolate bunny;...
A Therapist Listens to the Message

A Therapist Listens to the Message

I see therapists as surgeons of the soul who have learned to help clean out the wounds of clients who come to us for healing themselves and then sew them...
The Trump Effect: Observations and Coping Skills

The Trump Effect: Observations and Coping Skills

4 ways Trump’s presidency has evoked a sense of powerlessness: 1) Marginalization – when an individual or group minimizes or disavows the legitimacy, rights or privileges of others who are believed to be somehow different from the mainstream....
Memoirs of An Adoptive Mother

Memoirs of An Adoptive Mother

In our book A Womb of Her Own, (Routledge, 2017) author JoAnn Ponder writes of her own experiences as an adoptive mother. She states as follows: I was exhilarated to arrive home after two weeks in China,...