Depression is Much More Than Just “Feeling Sad”

Posted By: on June 27, 2019
person suffering from depression
There’s a common misconception that depression is just being sad or feeling sorry for yourself. The truth is that there is so much more to depression than just “feeling sad.” As somebody with bipolar disorder who has been going through a depressive episode lately, let me share with you some of the other ways that depression can affect you.  Loss of Energy People with depression are often accused of being lazy when they stop doing self-care or other “normal” tasks. In reality, depr

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Posted By: on June 20, 2019
dealing with my CPTSD
When dealing with my CPTSD, OCD, and major depressive disorder, some days are harder than others. When that happens, I try to tell myself gently that it’s just one of those days. “It’s just one of those days. This, too, will pass,” I remind myself. This gentle reminder is a mindfulness exercise that helps me keep things in perspective. There are other tools I’ve learned that help me get through these days as well. For instance, sometimes it helps to make a mental list of improvement

Three Reasons You Should NOT Deal with Depression Alone

Posted By: on June 13, 2019
depressed person gazing into the lake
Depression is acknowledged as one of the most common mental health concerns in the United States. Depression is known as a mood disorder that can completely disrupt your life and the life of those you love the most. There are different classifications of Depression, but all classifications have similar effects on how you feel, think, and act: Just a few signs and indicators of Depression are: Unexplainable fatigue Loss of appetite Feeling restless Feeling sad and empty constant

Should I Take a Self-Evaluation Quiz to See if I Am Co-Dependent?

Posted By: on June 06, 2019
man sitting next to woman
My mother mentioned co-dependency to me before I started wondering if I too was living in a codependent relationship with my four year long boyfriend. She was getting divorced again, and finding helpful guidance from therapy and something I had never heard before, CoDa, which is a free meeting place for people to develop healthy relationships. The more my mother would talk about her counseling sessions, as well as her CoDa meetings, the more I became interested in seeing if I was codependent.

How to Keep Social Media From Affecting Your Mental Health

Posted By: on May 30, 2019
students on social media
As much as we don’t want to admit it, some of us have an unhealthy relationship with social media.   Are you addicted to the rush of a new notification? Do you sometimes feel inadequate as you scroll through the happy faces of your friends and family? Are you overwhelmed by “experts” in social media ads telling you what you should be doing, how you should look, or what you should feel?   You’re not alone.   Even though there’s been more and more researc

My First Counselor was a Rosebush

Posted By: on May 23, 2019
rosebush
I was in college and living in a house I had just bought...for $17,000. It was in the old, run-down part of town– it was an old, run-down kind of house. But it was mine. I had been charmed by its 1920s brass door handles and grandmotherly smell, but what I was really excited by were the rosebushes out front. Crazy rose vines with gnarled old trunks clenched like fists around the wild tangle of canes that climbed wildly up and around the chain link fence. My grandmother loved roses and had t

One Small Act to Activate Your Joy

Posted By: on May 16, 2019
girl jumping for joy
We find ourselves drowning far too often. Drowning in dark thoughts, anxiety, fear, shame, guilt. The list truly goes on and on and on. I remember one day reading how important this thing called joy was. It was necessary and we were called to have it. But I wasn’t quite sure I was “feeling” it or even knew what “it” was. In my definition, joy was a feeling. (If I didn’t feel joyful or happy or pleasant, I must not have it.) I soon realized that it is a trained position of the heart.

If You Want To Grow, Start Journaling

Posted By: on May 09, 2019
person Journaling
It was the third time I had written that day. I sat on the pavement next to my car, quickly scribbling the thoughts that had been whirling around my brain. Once I got the thoughts out, I could stop thinking them. I could stop having conversations in my head. Quiet would follow, even if only for a short while. I was initially reluctant to journaling. Resistant, you could even say. It took months to give into my counselor’s prodding to write about why I didn’t want to write. Fast forward seve

Dealing with Anxiety: How to Overcome Our Fears

Posted By: on May 02, 2019
woman feeling free from anxiety
While anxiety can be a normal and healthy reaction, it can also start to grow out of proportion. It can even become a disorder. When our anxieties and fears take over and control our lives, that is when it becomes a problem. There are different types of anxiety disorders that people may suffer from: Generalized anxiety disorder: This is where you are anxious overall. Every day you feel anxious about multiple different things. Social anxiety: This is where you feel very anxious in social

Me… Anxiety… & Gratefulness…

Posted By: on April 25, 2019
stressed young adult
Have you ever felt like you have everything under control? It’s the best feeling, right? I’d like to think, that for the most part, that’s me. I see myself as being pretty resilient and someone that can cope with the curve balls that life seems to keep throwing my way. I work hard, enjoy life and focus on the things that matter. Like most people, I just take life one day at a time. About four months ago I had my first anxiety attack and it was completely unexpected. Prior to that, I’d