Being a first-time mom, I found myself struggling to get out of the house. I found every reason not to leave. "My daughter is too young still. She's too small; she could get sick." "I need to stay home and clean...
Before age 18, I already decided I wanted at least 4 kids, and possibly as many as 9, with a combination of some biological and some adopted. At age 25, after trying to get pregnant for about 18 months, my...
What can we say about post-baby Blues? Well, you feel off, and you’re not quite sure why. Sometimes, you don’t even notice it until a while later. “I had actually noticed some postpartum anxiety/depression symptoms a few months after...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month The deep dark months of winter might be a better time to shed light and support on mental health, but we’ll leave that for another post! Mental Illness is Hard to Understand I lived nearly...
Over the years, I felt like something was off. Something with my body was not quite right and I couldn’t place it. As the years went on, it grew worse. After I had my second son, the symptoms seemed...
Every December I make sure to set aside a night dedicated to It’s A Wonderful Life. The message behind the movie brings tears to my eyes year after year, and I find myself reciting the lines alongside my family...
I’ve had depression and severe anxiety since I was kid. Though I wasn’t officially diagnosed until 24, I can look back at certain times in my life and recognize the signs. When I got pregnant with our daughter, my...
"Oh my gosh, you'll never guess what my therapist told me this morning!" There we were, 3 professionals at work all comparing notes on what we've been learning in therapy like we were debriefing the latest episode of Game of...
Isn’t it amazing how the smell or taste of food can transport us back in our memories to a specific place or time?  For example, my siblings and I used to go to a drive-in restaurant with our dad after...
  My mother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when I was twelve years old.  I remember all too well the pain and fear of losing her to such a scary illness. Sure, it wasn’t cancer, but it was terrifying. It involved...
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