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?
I see the light that I'm chasing A memory, but it's fading When it's gone I'll be waiting Knowing it's too late There's no sugarcoating it: recovery is hell. It's not easy to make a complete lifestyle change and fight against actual chemical imbalances in your brain every second of every day. Even living in a… Continue reading How 1 Band Helped Form My Recovery
5/23/17... a year ago today I arrived home after a 2-month residential stay at Rogers Memorial Hospital. It may have only been 2 months, but there was a long road that led me there, and a lifetime of memories to treasure afterward. My first mental health diagnosis (Borderline Personality Disorder) came about because I went to… Continue reading Reflecting On Rogers Memorial Hospital
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating, purging, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified... the list goes on. I have Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which unfortunately goes unnoticed most of the time. When you look at what are supposed to be "comprehensive" lists of all types of eating disorders,… Continue reading Does My Eating Disorder Count?
You read that right, I'm my own best friend. The concept might be foreign to some of you, and that's okay. It was to me too until I was admitted to Janesville Mercy Health's psych ward back in August of 2015. During the admission process, there are a handful of standard questions, like "what brought… Continue reading I’m My Own Bestie