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How to Let Conflict & Change Be Your Teachers

How to Let Conflict & Change Be Your Teachers

What can conflict and change teach you? Life is full of potential friction. We expect relationships to last forever, situations to have certain outcomes, jobs to last longer than they...

Visit To Social Security Office

I had to fill out some papers for Social Security, a 15 page document to be exact. Well, like a responsible human being, I filled them out and sent them...
Life Ain’t Fair

Life Ain’t Fair

“Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh. It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no,” John C Fogerty I am reminded...
Today I Love Being Back Home

Today I Love Being Back Home

Today I love being back home and easing gently back into the comfort of my life in the thriving bay city of Owen Sound. I love this feisty little place...
How to Leave a Narcissist or Abuser

How to Leave a Narcissist or Abuser

Once in love with a narcissist, it’s not easy to leave. Despite the abuse and your unhappiness, you may be ambivalent about leaving because you still love your partner, have...
Podcast: The Warning Signs of Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Podcast: The Warning Signs of Bipolar and Schizophrenia

 In general, people with mental illness aren’t perfectly fine one day and suddenly symptomatic the next. It often feels that way to people with bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia, but...
Elmwood Ave

Elmwood Ave

  It was a street. Not a wide street. They put up signs for parking only on one side. But it was a long street, stretching through four towns, from...
A Plea To Keep My Husband Alive

A Plea To Keep My Husband Alive

As told to Dr. Michelle Maidenberg by Elissa Hart Peer:  My husband Zvi (known as Vic) is on dialysis and needs a kidney donor to survive. I am not a...

Helping Someone Who May Be Suicidal

Guest blogger Aimee Daramus asked to share her post to promote awareness of suicide prevention resources. In the wake of the recent suicide of Sydney Aiello, a survivor of the shooting at...
Cruel Words: Why Do We ‘Treasure’ Them?

Cruel Words: Why Do We ‘Treasure’ Them?

A hundred compliments may be paid, enjoyed and swiftly forgotten but we will treasure one cruel word for a lifetime. Why? Shouldn’t it be the other way ’round? As I...
Why I hate Alzheimer’s

Why I hate Alzheimer’s

To say I hate a disorder as a therapist is a big deal for me. I specialize in personality disorders and have found beauty and giftedness where most see dysfunction....
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How It’s Going

“So how do you think it’s going, Leah?” I’ve just sunk my frazzled body into one of the leather chairs in Paola, my therapist’s, room. She’s around my age and...

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