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The Hoarder Next-Door


I didn't know anything about hoarding until September 7. That's when I moved into a new house in a new town...directly next-door to a hoarder.

I wouldn't have moved in next-door to a hoarder if I had realized she was a hoarder. No, HAZMAT came just before we moved in and cleared out her backyard. She seemed like a nice old lady with some old lady-like stuff on her porch, at worst, when we got here. Things have slowly gotten worse in the past two months. The view from my kitchen window is bags of trash, old animal carriers, boxes, clothes...
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Addiction

Et tu, Gene Simmons? Oy vey!


Admission: I kind of like KISS music. I kind of like Gene Simmons. Some aspects of him, anyway.
I never joined the KISS Army like my husband did in the 70's - wait, I wasn't alive in the 70's - but after 15 years of being married to a man who starts jumping around the room every time he finds out the band is going on tour, I've found a few tunes I actually enjoy.

I loved...
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advocacy

Mixed Messages About Getting Help for Mental Illness


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I spoke to a friend last week who was in an emotional state of upheaval.
She has battled anxiety and depression for most of her life, has been prescribed numerous drugs, but never sticks with them long enough to find out if they work. She is starting to accept that she needs more help than just meditation and a Bible study at church.

She went to see a...
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Bible

There is Only One Good Way to Rewrite History


There are certain things you shouldn't do when you're depressed, like watching sad stuff on TV. I try to avoid that sort of thing as much as possible. Actually, I've decided that watching a few reruns of "The Golden Girls" is great therapy for those down days.

The other day I was dealing with a very bored, very restless sort of depression. I've talked about this before - when you get that way, you don't really...
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Adolescence

Our Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media


Ah, social media. I kind of hate you, but I can't quit you.

Facebook is great for many things. I love keeping in touch with my family in California on a daily basis. I like seeing pictures of my friends and their kids (and their cats, and their dogs), and even their food, sometimes. It's a good place to have deep, meaningful discussions and heated debates. It's where I keep up with Amy Grant and find...
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General

I Didn’t Choose To Have A Mental Illness


I've dealt with depression from the time I was a child. It goes so far back that I can't point to an age or a moment when I realized something was different about me; it has always been there.

As a child, I spent many nights sitting on the floor beside my bed, a cassette tape crackling on the stereo in the background, thinking about the vastness of the universe and how tiny and isolated the...
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Advice

Is Your Cat Making You Depressed?

As I write this, my cat is bumping her head up against my leg and purring. That doesn't make it any easier to write what I'm about to write.

Mommy loves you, baby. Forgive me. For those of you who think cats are the devil me add to your arsenal.
A new study has found an unusual link between cat bites and depression.
According to the study, published online at the journal PLOS ONE, Over the...
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Advice

Depressed? Be Compassionate Toward Yourself


There's a fine line between prioritizing personal space and becoming a hermit. I seem to toe the line all the time. I can say with great certainty that I think life would be easier if I could just hole up in my apartment and ignore the rest of the world.

Ah, but that's just depression talking. 'Tis the season. I don't know where you live, but here in Pennsylvania, we haven't seen green , no grass...
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