Exposures are a type of therapy exercise that I learned when I was staying at Rogers Memorial Hospital for my residential stay. They're designed to help lessen your anxious reaction to everyday situations because unfortunately, simply telling yourself not to be scared simply doesn't work. When I was at Rogers, I hated doing my exposures. Not… Continue reading What is an Exposure?
Break-ups with Borderline Personality Disorder
DIY: Weighted Stuffed Animal!
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A Note on Suicide Awareness Month
I think it's awesome that social media is using it's viralness to spread awareness on suicide. It's a step in the right direction when it comes to ungluing the stigma and helping those of us with mental illness feel heard and understood. But I would be lying if I said this month is easy for… Continue reading A Note on Suicide Awareness Month
After an Attempt
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. September 2, 2015. The suicide attempt where I would have been successful without the intervention of the police. There's a wide variety… Continue reading After an Attempt
To College or Not to College?
It's back to school time! For some of you, that's high school. For others, it's college. Maybe your kids are heading off to kindergarten or you're teaching in your own classroom for the first time! Empty nests, the freshman 15, new teachers and new schools. It's both an exciting time and a time of big… Continue reading To College or Not to College?
Disclosing for the First Time
Disclosing you have a mental illness, whether it be to family or friends, to an employer, even on social media, it's scary and carries a lot of unknowns. With such a stigma hanging around, I've seen it be very discouraging to make your mental illness public. It took a long time for me to open… Continue reading Disclosing for the First Time
How to Say Goodbye
Before I start, no this isn't a suicide note. Just wanted to make that clear to keep anyone from a freak-out. This past week and a halfish I've found myself in the midst of my biggest relapse I've experienced. Generally, I write about insightful things on the blog, hoping to break the stigma one blog… Continue reading How to Say Goodbye
When Words Fail, I Dance
In case you haven't already guessed, I like to write... a lot. Over the years I've become an articulate person who can usually express what she needs to say and can find words for things that others can't. I've been asked to write books, articles, presentations, and I make it a point to write in… Continue reading When Words Fail, I Dance
When it Rains, It Pours
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will sound familiar. A few mornings ago, I had an unfortunately realistic dream that… Continue reading When it Rains, It Pours