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10 Reasons To Celebrate Aging…

Yesterday was my birthday. I'm not sad. Not manic, either. Just celebrating aging and a joyous day. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. It went on for three days, beginning Saturday. I had my hair cut. Very short. It's a brush cut. I love carefree hair. Who has time to fuss with hair, so  every eight weeks, I'm buzzed.

2. Then, I met my closest girlfriend and we walked to a tiny perfect new...
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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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anxiety

Day 15, Part One: Life Happens. It Takes Twice As Long Online…


UPDATE: It is now 4:52 on Monday, June 25. It is Day 15 of my Blogathon. I had planned to continue the discussion I began yesterday, when I arrived home, but I just did and I'm exhausted. I took the bus and the subway. Therefore, I hope you'll accept that this is my post for today. Tomorrow, I'll finish writing Is "Texting Destroying Our Humanity, Part Two."

This has not been a...
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Day Six: Ripping Out My Knitting…

I had another blog post planned for you today, but it will have to wait.

This one is about knitting. Ripping out knitting, actually. Thus far, I have encountered relatively few problems with my knitting and crocheting, but today was different.

Today, it was knitting Hell in this

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I adore knitting. It's a reliable self-soothing activity. Delightfully portable. I knit in the car. On the bus. On the subway. Whilst awaiting appointments.

Usually I...
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bipolar

My Own Personal Blogathon ~ Day One…

"Writing is like playing the piano. It takes practice."
Those were the unforgettable words of one of the brightest City Editors I ever worked with at The Toronto Sun. And he's right.

Lately, I've gotten out of the habit of writing and blogging, so I've decided blatantly to copy Margarita Tartakosky, an associate editor and Weightless blogger here at Psych Central, and blog every day for 31 days.

Margarita is my muse...
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anxiety

Being “Attuned” to Myself and My Body, Part 2…

I regarded my body with

Now, I'm actually beginning to luxuriate in my physicality. To feel a sense of compassion and empathy for my body especially when I consider how I abused it and detested it all my life. Not fair, considering how well it served me.

This process is not linear. It ebbs and flows.

I still have simply awful moments and days. But I swallow the discomfort and do my best to use the strategies...
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anxiety

Becoming “Attuned” To Myself, Part 1…

It's been a while since we spoke. Please forgive me.

Lots happening here. Most of all, I've been coping with breathtaking changes, coming so fast it's hard for me to keep up.

Settling into my

Five months ago I finished the Toronto General Hospital Outpatient Eating Disorder Program. I'm settling into my body.

It's exciting. I've learned to trust the eating plan. It works. But it's no cakewalk. I still have urges. Mini-subjective binges. I fight...
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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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Is Neurotic The New Normal?

Maybe there's hope for

In today's New York Times, the lead article in the Sunday Review is titled Where Have All the Neurotics Gone? by health reporter Benedict Carey.

Where are neurotics today?

It seems they've become a thing of the past. An old, dying breed. According to Carey,
"For a generation of postwar middle-class Americans, being neurotic meant something more than being merely anxious, and something other than exhibiting the hysteria or other disabling...
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