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Nervously Yours

Dear Readers,

First, let me say thank you to Psych Central for giving me the opportunity to blog here.  I’m thrilled to be part of such a wonderful group of writers.

Next, let me tell you why I’m here.  (Or why I think I’m here.  You’ll learn, as you get to know me, that I am a bit indecisive.)  I wanted a place to share my mixed bag of experiences and mental health diagnoses.  I wanted to let you know that your feelings are shared by others.  Maybe you’ll read my blog and see that you are not alone if you have ever felt:

– unsure of yourself and your purpose.

– exhausted from living a life other people chose for you.

– tired of checking, checking, checking (more on this – lots more – later).

– nervous about change, big or small.

– incompetent as a parent because your child is “behind” in one way or another.

– nauseous at even the thought of starting any project.

– worried about things out of your control, to the point where the thoughts wake you from a deep sleep.

– overwhelmed with sadness at unexpected times, when there is no obvious trigger.

– capable of more but incapable of trying something new.

– reluctant to start even the simplest conversation with anyone, be it a friend or stranger.

– much more comfortable with online communication than live connection, be it on the phone or in person.

I’ve been a medical student (not my choice), an adviser to undergraduate students hoping to become doctors (a complicated job, since I hated medical school), an adviser/tutor to at-risk students and athletes (very rewarding), and a science teacher at an all-boys’ high school (the most challenging job of my adult life).

I am a parent to two girls who are a study in contrasts.  My older daughter is confident, calm, and more mature than her biological age.  My younger daughter is anxious, emotionally labile, and socially immature.  (In fact, I have just begun to seek professional help for my younger daughter.)

I have been diagnosed with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  At one point in my life, one psychiatrist toyed with the idea that I might have bipolar II, but a later therapist ruled that out.

I am truly a mixed bag of personal and professional experiences.  I hope my blog can, above all, express this one message: you can live a satisfying life – a life with a clear purpose – no matter how mixed your mixed bag.

Nervously yours,

Kelley xo

Nervously Yours

Kelley Smith

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APA Reference
Smith, K. (2014). Nervously Yours. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from


Last updated: 28 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Sep 2014
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