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Accountabilty

Noncompliant: A Label Worth Looking Twice At


 

It’s difficult to write about living well with mental illness when all of a sudden, as if almost out of nowhere, you stop doing exactly that. I shouldn’t say it was all of a sudden, I saw the signs, we all did, the pattern repeats itself every year around the same time, like clockwork. I’ve often said that a person could set their watches to my swings into mania and falls into depression. But this...


Accountabilty

New Me: Realistic New Year’s Resolutions


 

Another year has come to an end and if you’re anything like I am, you’re reflecting back on the last 364 days with a mix of emotions. With hindsight comes certain clarity and we can often see where our choices may have led us down a path that perhaps might not have been the ideal path for us to follow. Some of us will look back with happiness and pride in all of our...


Anxiety

The Holiday Party and Anxiety

  The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and laughter when we get together with loved ones and enjoy everyone's company, but what many people still just don't understand is that for some of us who live with mental illness, this time of year can fill many of us with anxiety and leave us feeling less than festive.


Abusive Relationships

Do You Isolate During Depression?

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” ― Stephen Fry


Accountabilty

What is an Appropriate Emotional Response? The Red Cup

  “Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”  ― Elizabeth Gilbert Just a few days ago the world was in an uproar over a red cup. Starbucks had decided to pull their holly jolly winter decorations from their festive seasonal cups. "In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs," Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content, said in a statement. "This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."


Anxiety

When Triggers are Everywhere

I know my triggers and I’m really good at avoiding them whenever possible, but lately I’ve noticed three things that have become quite overwhelming:

I have started to recognize situations that at first glance seem to be nothing more than small annoyances but are rapidly turning into new triggers.
Because I have had such a great run with handling my triggers without the aid of medication, these new unexpected triggers have thrown...


Abusive Realtionships

The Client/Therapist Relationship



For some of us the decision to begin seeing a therapist is a big one and a lot of thought and preparation go into our decision before we make that first initial step into the office. People seek out therapists for a multitude of reasons. Some are in a crisis state and the therapist is there to help us put things into perspective when we need that extra set of eyes and opinions....


Accountabilty

Reflecting and Gratitude

Over the last few years I have made it my personal goal to take time to reflect and be grateful for the things in my life that have gone both good and bad for me. Reflection is what helps us to learn, and learning is what helps us to grow. I still have problems with being overly critical with myself at times, this is an ongoing battle as many of us are too hard on ourselves, but it's a process and one that I've found to be quite helpful on this journey to finding my balance.


Compassion

Halloween: Are We Perpetuating Stigma?

  I live outside of the city in a very rural area. There aren’t many streetlights up here on the Hill and it gets very dark. If you were walking at night in my neighbourhood around this time of year and came upon my house, one of two things would happen:   If you were the type of person that doesn’t enjoy a good scare you would speed up your pace, avert your eyes and definitely plug your ears. If you were the type of person that does enjoy a good scare you would stop and try to take it all in. You may even make your way to my front door and ask for a tour through our yard, and I would happily oblige.   Both of the above scenarios have happened, many times, and both scenarios make me happy. The only time I wasn’t happy with my display was when it made a beautiful little girl cry, but I got over it fast and she hasn’t been back since.


Abusive Realtionships

Embracing Change

  For many of us just hearing the word 'change' brings discomfort and a sense of unease into our lives. Is it because we get so used to the way things have always been that we refuse to believe that there are other perfectly reasonable ways to do things, maybe even better ways to get things done, but are just so conditioned to keep plugging along the same old tired way that we refuse to even acknowledge that sometimes we’re better off accepting that we need t change things up a bit?


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