On the other side of mental health

I remember starting therapy over 2 years ago for severe anxiety and depression, but more specifically with a life-altering diagnosis of OCD. As she reviewed the physiology of OCD and the treatment plan with me, I sat there and asked, shocked at the possibility, "So what do I do and what will I think about … Continue reading On the other side of mental health

Face It

How do you face talking about something you dont want to talk about? How do you face the truths that have been delayed, tucked away, and avoided for so long? Why would you do it? Then I ask, "Why wouldn't you? What is the worst that can happen? What if it changes your life in the … Continue reading Face It

Resilience

These messages were left at my door by my sister-in-law one night when I was living in California and today the same word was used to describe me. Resilient....adjective 1. springing back; rebounding. 2. returning to the original form or position after being bent,compressed, or stretched. 3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant     … Continue reading Resilience

Say It

Talking is hard but you never know where it might lead you. Stay bottled up and you stay miserable; put a little trust in others and breathe a sigh of relief. Distraction only works for so long but those who really know you can see the truth behind any smile. In our minds the moment … Continue reading Say It

Don’t Resist

Face the doubt. Face the fear. Face the anxiety. Let it happen. Feel it, Embrace it. Welcome it. For it is what gets you through. If you struggle with social anxiety, OCD, general anxiety or anything that just gets in your way, face it. Don't run. Resisting something, trying to make sense of it, trying … Continue reading Don’t Resist

Slippery Slope

Sometimes it feels like I am sliding backwards a bit. My feet are trying to grip ice, failing to find footing and just staying in the same place. I thought I was progressing, growing, and finding my footing on solid ground, and then I freeze. I feel it come over me. I shiver.  I am … Continue reading Slippery Slope

I Miss You

I miss the comfort; the ease; the love. I miss feeling like we were never strangers. I miss the silence that never mattered. I miss the hours that felt like seconds. I miss the honesty in my voice without hesitation. I miss the smiles that stretched out for miles. I miss not caring what anyone else … Continue reading I Miss You

The Power of “Why?”

One thing I recommend to people when they ask me for advice, share their stories, or ask how I overcame certain obstacles, is to ask "why?" Be careful, this is not in the sense of "why me?" cuz I have been there before and that doesn't help at all, but in the form of "why … Continue reading The Power of “Why?”