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Mental Health: The Most Common Extracurricular

Two parent family? Check. Highly regarded public school? Check. Excellent student? Check. Involved in extracurricular activities? Check. Mentally ill? Check (nods sheepishly). I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa–more Americana...
Enjoy a Mindful, Meaningful, and Fun Holiday Season

Enjoy a Mindful, Meaningful, and Fun Holiday Season

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.” I’d have to agree with Emerson. Many of us think that...
OCD and Multiple Sclerosis

OCD and Multiple Sclerosis

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complicated illness, and the cause, or causes, remain unknown. Research has shown that OCD is seen more frequently than usual in those with various physical disorders,...
Today I Love Spring In Autumn

Today I Love Spring In Autumn

Today I love Spring in Autumn when the early snow of November and December all melts and the lawns come back out to green up the street. I love the...
Are Most of Our Problems Self-Created?

Are Most of Our Problems Self-Created?

Are life’s difficulties the result of overwhelming external circumstances? Or are unpleasant situations self-created? A viewpoint that is popular in some spiritual and New Age communities is that we are...
Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Being given a diagnosis of a personality disorder can be a shock if you weren’t expecting it, but it can be a relief too.  You may have long felt that...
My 25 Time Management Tips

My 25 Time Management Tips

The other day, one of my interns (I’m a supervisor for mental health students getting their license) asked, “How do you get it all done?” It is a valid question...
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Psychology Around the Net: December 15, 2018

Psychology Around the Net: December 15, 2018

Would you be more successful if you had a pet? Why does visiting a place from your past bring back more vivid memories? Does a significant salary difference matter when...
Writing the Stories You Need to Release

Writing the Stories You Need to Release

Writing is medicine. It’s the ultimate form of self-care. Because it helps us to connect to, acknowledge and release our emotions. It gives us perspective and insight, so we can...
At The Right Time

At The Right Time

“When one door closes another opens, but you might have to wait in the hall.” Tom O’Connor  So much of life is in patience and waiting for the right time....
OCD and the Need to Be in Control

OCD and the Need to Be in Control

In my previous post, I discussed 6 common themes in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Starting with today’s entry, in a series of 5 posts, I will be discussing additional aspects of obsessive-compulsive...
OCD: 20 Rules that Govern Me

OCD: 20 Rules that Govern Me

For the most part, I’m aware and tolerant of my obsessions and compulsions (hence, obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD), but there are still times that they stand in my way,...
What’s Left Is Right

What’s Left Is Right

Wow, this sounds like it might be deep. It actually sounds like it has something to do with Occum’s Razor, the problem solving method that suggests that if you remove...
When You Don’t Know Who You Are

When You Don’t Know Who You Are

Have you ever had one of those moments when you suddenly learn something new and shocking about yourself and this makes you think, “Do I even know myself at all?”...
Hobbled Holidays

Hobbled Holidays

Yes, we’re doing another holiday episode, because I know a bunch of you are with me in the same leaky boat. Let’s see if this sounds anything like your life…...
Avoiding Tasks and ADHD

Avoiding Tasks and ADHD

ADHD is a condition that’s as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Avoiding tasks that are unpleasant or simply uninteresting is a common sign of ADHD....

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