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Debunking the Caricature: Joe Q. Mental Health

Note: This post may get me in trouble at home (notwithstanding that possibility, the post needs to be written). My girlfriend’s father is a thoughtful, generous guy. I have celebrated...
Are You Coping and Managing or Healing and Growing?

Are You Coping and Managing or Healing and Growing?

The most common question I’ve heard, in person and in emails or comments, is this: “I have these serious problems. How do I fix them?” Or a variation of it,...
8 Ways to Hear Your Own Voice

8 Ways to Hear Your Own Voice

For the last 12 years, I have kept a binder full of advice from friends and mental health professionals. After every doctor’s visit or coffee date, I would scribble down...
Today I Love The Secrets Of Toast

Today I Love The Secrets Of Toast

Today I love the secrets of toast, like the fact that the butter and jam needs to be spread out evenly around the outside because the crust needs that more...
Intropaths and Extropaths: Categorizing Personalities

Intropaths and Extropaths: Categorizing Personalities

Mental disorders have been categorized in various ways since the beginning of psychiatry, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis. For example, psychiatrists distinguish between neurotic and psychotic disorders. This categorization filters disorders...
Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t create, and in particular write, is because we don’t have time. We’re working and parenting and cooking and dish-washing. We’re commuting,...
Alexithymia: A Personality Trait

Alexithymia: A Personality Trait

Dave started going to counseling because his marriage was falling apart. He said that wife had enough of his “lack of presence, no emotional response, and no intimacy.” While he...
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Suicidal Ideation (Trigger Warning)

This is not the way my life was supposed to turn out, at least according to me. By now I would be working at a big name fashion magazine making...
Don’t Wave the Big Guns Around

Don’t Wave the Big Guns Around

Linda: Sometimes in an argument, when one partner feels that they are losing, in their fear and desperation, they get out the big guns and start waiving them in the air....
Dietary Bull$hit, Medical Narcissism (Pt 2 of 2)

Dietary Bull$hit, Medical Narcissism (Pt 2 of 2)

In my forested hilltop hamlet of sixty Norwegian souls, there is a Little Free Library. How the book Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo...
3 More Ways to Be Loving Toward Yourself

3 More Ways to Be Loving Toward Yourself

The idea of loving ourselves may seem strange, confusing or utterly ridiculous. It may seem selfish, abstract or out of reach. When psychotherapist Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC, talks to her...
Harmful Family Lies, Secrets, and Legacies

Harmful Family Lies, Secrets, and Legacies

Everyone tells a lie at some point or other in their life, no one is perfect. There is no one reason why someone might tell a lie as he/she might...