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It’s Time To Hit The Reset Button

This past week I had the second of two cataract surgeries on my right eye – they're doing this for younger people these days. The left eye was "done" a month ago.

This means I haven't been walking my dogs or lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. for weeks. I'm immobile. For the first time in years, my favourite exercise, walking my dogs, is verboten.

I don't enjoy solo walking. Furthermore, the weather has been anything...
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eating disorders

Military Structure Helps Challenged Teen Boys Succeed – Part One

Brass buttons were bursting with pride at last month's 33rd annual Robert Land Academy graduation ceremony.

Another class of mature, respectful, goal-oriented and successful young men completed their high school education at Canada's only military-style boarding school for adolescent boys, some as young as 11 years of age.

School Stresses Academic Excellence


Nestled in southern Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, these boys flourish in a school environment unlike any they've...
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bipolar

Day 10: How My Dogs Keep Me Sane, Part One…

A daily blog post on mental health and wellness is a real challenge.

More than I imagined when I blithely began this blogathon on June 11 on a whim after reading about Margarita Tartakovsky's success on her 31-day blogathon.

I want to stay hard and close to my subject, Coming Out Crazy, but there are times when I long to digress.

And if the truth...
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depression

Day Five: Reflections On My Psychotherapy…

My formal psychiatric psychotherapy is ending. I've been reflecting on some recurrent themes.

They won't move mountains for you or transform your view of life. They're not earth shattering. That's a misconception about psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy doesn't change

It's gradual. It's hard. It's work. It's a process that can change the way you feel about yourself, though you don't realize it while it's happening. You have to commit yourself to it.

You end up, I think, with...
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anxiety

6 Ways To Bounce Back From Unemployment Stress

Stress can't begin to describe how it feels to cope with being unemployed.

In today's economy, with soaring unemployment rates, cut-backs, massive lay-offs and a consumerist culture shouts "buy, buy, buy," it's devastating to be jobless.

Furthermore, our cultural values are out of sync – how we value ourselves and our mental and emotional health versus the value of work, money and "stuff."

(Ironically, volunteer work builds self-esteem more than a huge salary...
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eating disorders

Changing From The Inside Out…

I don't want to think about when I last wrote to you. I feel and look like a different person. Inside and out.

It is overwhelming for me to explain these differences.

They may not even appear to you, but they are shouting loud and clear to me.

Yes, I hear voices, all the time. Perhaps you do, too.

Or you do not to listen to

Today, you're probably different that you were a few months ago, too....
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anxiety

Trusting The Wisdom of My Body…

I'm a perfectionist.

So, naturally, I'm attempting to follow the meal plan designed for me in my Eating Disorders Program right down to every teaspoon, gram, ounce and millilitre.

I am trying to eyeball my portions, but my eyeballs are slow learners.

Plus the stresses of my life make this

I keep forgetting that I don't have to be perfect. No one expects perfection.

I miss the support and camaraderie of the other patients in my group plus...
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anxiety

Decoding My Body Image…

When I graduated from my six-week Eating Disorders Program on January 6th, I knew much more about metabolism and normative eating.

I had a fresh, liberating understanding of what "normal" eating is for me. For everyone. We need a minimum number of calories for our bodies simply to function.

That number is always ignored by the diet industry. Though I no longer count calories or weigh food or even weigh myself, I know...
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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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