UCSB Shooting: When stuff hits the fan

By Erica Loberg

gunSix people died.  And of course the gunman killed himself.

He was in his early twenties. He said:

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Eating at Night

By Erica Loberg

chocolatesSometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind goes straight to food, which results in me getting up and walking to the refrigerator looking for something to eat. It’s really annoying cause I’m not even hungry but it has become a habit that I am trying to break. Everyone knows that eating late, or God forbid, in the middle of the night, is a bad idea, especially when it comes to maintain a healthy weight.

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Stereotyping Depression in Television

By Erica Loberg

remoteWhen we turn on the TV often times the commercials that depict depression show a person in the dark, resting in emotional turmoil, sadness, walking in a forest alone and secluded. I find some of it comical yet sad that society gets fed these images that inaccurately depict depression. Stereotypes unfold visually on the screen, and it is not always indicative of the feelings and/or experience of depression.

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Bipolar II: Racing thoughts, Stress, and Insomnia

By Erica Loberg

stressIt’s a triple threat, and hard to manage when all three take hold of your brain and make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, and try and manage to get up and face the day without unbridled exhaustion.  Hypomania can be at the core of these symptoms of Bipolar II disorder and can seem impossible to manage when all three attack. But there are small things you can do to help yourself overcome those nights.

1. Racing thoughts: Acknowledge they exist.  Whether it is focusing on one thought or a stream of thoughts both are crippling and demand attention and deflation. Try and pin point what the thoughts consist of, what’s at the root of the thoughts, and try and redirect your brain to a calm place.  Some may call it meditation. Meditation is an exercise similar to the practice of yoga. You have towork at it.

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25 Excuses We Make To Justify Drinking

By Erica Loberg

cocktail

  1. I have a really bad hangover and a beer might help right about now
  2. I’m on vacation!
  3. It’s bottomless mimosas ok
  4. You can’t find this drink anywhere
  5. I have to have a Sapporo when I eat sushi

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Are You A Concrete Thinker?

By Erica Loberg

testI am a concrete thinker. When someone tells me something I believe it.  No matter how outlandish it seems, sometimes when someone says something in jest, there is a moment when the information enters my brain and takes it as truth. This may often be met with a laugh by a joker who might remark “You’re so gullible.” I’ve come accustomed to it cause concrete thinking spreads itself throughout my day.  I see things with acute detail and this often makes it hard to see the big picture.  I have trouble seeing the forest when I am looking at the bark of one of the trees in the forest.  Such mental behavior can cause struggles in life.

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The Ghost Number: Hypomania and Promiscuity

By Erica Loberg

peekingThey do go hand and hand, and it can be embarrassing, reckless and scary. Sometimes when I think about the time that I spent without psychiatric help I try to block those days out of my mind.  I remember the first time I went to my psychiatrist and he asked me about my sex history and I froze. I had no idea where to start or what to say or explain. 

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Taking Responsibility When Dealing With Manipulators

By Erica Loberg

greenI was schooled in personality disorder recently and I got to tell you, it is rough. It is rough mostly because when we get into a relationship with someone with a personality disorder, you start to question your own sanity and you may find yourself not taking responsibility for your choices.

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Not Manic at 37

By Erica Loberg

candlesI’m turning 37 in a couple hours and not afraid, but there is a lot to consider at this juncture in my life.  Lets not get into the egg-freezing basket conversation with your gyno but, what am I wearing out tonight.  I have my mania curbed with medication but that doesn’t mean that I can’t go for the old times.   I’m 37 so what are we talking about….

MANIC TIPS

#1: LOUD

Bring on the bright colors, the glitter, the eye shadow

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Help for OCD

By Erica Loberg

I was at my friends place yesterday. We stopped by to get something and I watched him check the stove.  He turned the knobs, again, and again, to make sure they weren’t on.  I told him I had the same issue when I leave my place.  

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