Hello! I’m Erika, and I’m excited to be writing to you on my new blog. I’m not completely new to Psych Central readers. I’ve written a few long articles and had some blog posts on the World of Psychology blog since the beginning of 2009.
As somber as some of the topics are on this website, writing for Psych Central has been a lot of fun. I often “think out loud,” which means I sometimes ramble on before I really get to my point. Writing gives me the chance to choose my words carefully and deliberately. I love the process of taking my raw idea and seeing it take shape on the screen.
My interest in psychology is both personal and professional. As a licensed counselor with a master’s degree, I’ve had specialized training and a variety of experiences helping people. As a new mom, I experienced a few years of postpartum depression and PMDD (severe mood swings in timing with the menstrual cycle). I have a unique understanding of mental health issues from the inside out. I write both to share my knowledge and to process some of my own experiences.
Sometimes, coming up with a fresh writing topic has been a challenge. I’ve thought to myself, “How in the world am I going to write something today?” The funny part is that this roadblock has often opened my eyes to ideas I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. I’ve been learning to let my curiosity create something meaningful out of something ordinary. Now I realize that practically every day brings good topics for blog posts, sometimes more! Humanity and psychology are all around me, and all around you. Seek and ye shall find.
On this blog, I’ll be exploring a variety of topics all touching on the family and mental health. That includes divorce, teens, kids, family dynamics, pregnancy related depression, parenting, and more. If you have a specific topic you’d like me to address, drop a comment and let me know. I will do my best to get some conversation going and get a good answer for you. I hope to learn a lot in the process.
This inaugural post starts the journey of the Family Mental Health Blog. So thanks for dropping by, and I hope you come around often.