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Archives for November, 2011

anxiety

Understanding My Eating Disorder, Day Three…

I am exhausted. I can't remember feeling so emotionally and physically drained and depleted. As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to bed.

It's Day Three of my five-week Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program.
My goal for tonight was to write to you, to let you know what's happening.

To be honest, mealtimes are hard for me. Right now, I feel nauseated. This happens after every meal there, and not because it's...
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advocacy

Kids, Mental Health and Blindness…

This afternoon I met with the service manager of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind ~ the CNIB.

Kids with mental illnesses and visual

She and a group of teachers, parents and professionals working with blind or visually-impaired kids had asked me to speak at an annual conference ~ about mental health

A New

Admittedly, I have never spoken or facilitated any kind of workshop on...
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bipolar

Steve, Me and Calligraphy…

When I was about 16, I spent about nine months in a psychiatric hospital.

During that time, I was extremely ill. At one point, I became catatonic.

Following that hospitalization, I recovered at home with the help of my mother, who made two wise decisions.

My mother and my

The first, was to buy a dog for me to care for.

I was the sole family member to help her.

Finally, we settled on a Yorkshire Terrier....
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anxiety

Suffering with November “Greys”…

November is not a pretty month in these parts.

Today is typical. Though we have had some lovely, sunny, sweet un-November-like days, today is not one of them.

It's grey and damp and drizzly.

Not a day to lift one's

I have often said that I do not suffer with clinical depression. That is not to say, however, that I am immune to situational "sadnesses" or "the blues" or "the blahs" ~ and lately, that...
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