Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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Looking back on my first mental health crisis

I don’t usually post trigger warnings on specific posts since I think it’s a fair expectation that a blog about mental health might contain information that might trigger a sensitivity to that topic, but since this post deals specifically with suicide, self-harm and a crisis, consider yourself specifically warned. I’ve wanted to write a longer-form […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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Why I love the #goodbyeheadclutcher campaign

OK, so I recently spent some time in another post worrying about the fractured nature of mental health advocacy groups and campaigns, but I never said I didn’t like the campaigns themselves or the messages they come up with- I just want to see a little more cooperation and coordination. In fact a recent campaign […]

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The problems I have patting myself on the back.

One of the most difficult things about recovery is being able to give myself credit for my achievements. It’s a recurring theme during my sessions with my therapist, I’ll share something positive that happened since our last meeting, or I’ll recount an example of my mindfulness in practice. She’ll ask “Can you give yourself credit […]

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Do I seem irritable? I’m trying to quit smoking and GAAAAAHHHHH!!!

I’m doing something good for myself and it sucks. I’m trying to stop smoking, because, lets face it, it was a habit I picked up after I quit drinking. Replacement vice and all that. And it was good for awhile- I wrote about the good things about it, and I’ve shared my worries about the […]

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I’d like to share my mental health story with Rand Paul

You may have seen something over the weekend about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s recent comments regarding people receiving Social Security Disability benefits (here’s a pretty good rundown from the Washington Post). His lack of both understanding mental health issues and mood disorders and the absence of empathy are a little bit troubling, considering his role as […]

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