Category Archives: Mental Health

These Words I Write

I have been submitting to a lot of places lately in order to have my writing read from different venues and while some have been very welcoming with great feedback, others have told me I’m not a good “fit” for what they are looking for. My words don’t flow with what they are currently presenting….

When Your Psych Closes Your File

When you fall off the coo coo wagon the first thing that you should probably do, in my experience, after you’ve cried to yourself in the corner and eaten an entire tub of ice cream, is call your psych. They’re the ones who, besides your spouse, have seen you at your worse. They’ve seen the…

My New Normal

When we were kids the cupboards were white, walls covered in wallpaper, and the phone was attached to the wall. I would slide into the closet to talk on the phone with my friends, silently closing the door behind me trying my best to not let the click of the door be heard because, “anything…

These are Real Stories

My feet curl underneath me and I pull the blanket further up to my chin. The windows are open and the warm wind blows through the house, it’s refreshing and I can picture myself outside cleaning out the gardens, raking the lawn, setting up the deck furniture. But that won’t be happening anytime today. My…

Today is the Day!!

Today is the day! Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor, the Anthology I have contributed to, is available! This Anthology by Alyson Rennick Herzig and Jessica McNeill Azar will help you see mental illness through the eyes of someone who has been there. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will pull at…

Mental Illness and Education

In a past life I was a foster parent to some pretty special kids. They needed care and routine, an established home and someone who could provide for them, a meal on the table every night, and a person to talk to when the decisions they were making might not have been positive or pro social….

Remember This…This is You

What’s that under your frown? A smile that used to light up a room. A laugh that used to be contagious. Tell me a story about the time you had the most fun. Don’t leave out the good stuff. I want to see your frown fade and the spark you have inside come alive. I…

What my Goal for 2015 Should be

I had a whole list of 20…ok 17 things made up of what would make 2015 great. Things from cleaning the kitty litter regularly to practicing patience to trying a new activity. I looked at the list and became very overwhelmed. I can barely remember to match my socks let alone 20 things to make a…

Just Fake Smile

She wrapped her arms around me and held on longer than I would expect a co-worker to; her face a mixture of “I’m sorry,” and “I don’t know what to say so maybe I’ll hug you again.” Just as predicted her arms reached out for me again. I could feel the tears welling up in my…