Why some mental illnesses are considered more severe than others!

I’ve been musing on why depression and anxiety are considered lesser-than mental illnesses, whereas schizophrenia and bipolar are considered hardcore mental illnesses. Everything exists on a continuum. What’s weird, though, is that with schizophrenia, you never hear about someone being “a little schizohprenic,” whether or not such a condition exists. (Who knows? I guess anythingContinue reading “Why some mental illnesses are considered more severe than others!”

Easy come, easy go!

Well, I’m going to the dentist tomorrow. I think it’s been too long, and I don’t want to have dental problems in Prague, even though my handy guidebook taught me how to know when your Prague dentist is yelling, “Wait, come back! I’m not done with your teeth!” which is probably good to know. HAContinue reading “Easy come, easy go!”

An advice smorgasbord!

Dear Amy: My teenage daughter had one of her longtime friends over. My 19-year-old son walked into the kitchen to microwave his coffee, and even though he was mere feet away from my daughter’s friend, he did not say hello to her. I think this is very rude. I didn’t think I raised my childrenContinue reading “An advice smorgasbord!”

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Dear Annie: When I was a child, I had many chilling things happen to me. I barely remember some incidents, and they don’t seem to affect me now — well, other than the mental illness running through my entire body. Anyway, as a 47-year-old looking back, one thing still hurts me to the core andContinue reading “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

Annie Lane’s take on EMDR.

I blogged about this letter a while back. Dear Annie: My ex and I got married when I was 19. We stayed together for 10 years, during which I was dealing with untreated depression. That did not make life easy for either of us. Eventually, he left, leaving me to care for the kids. HeContinue reading “Annie Lane’s take on EMDR.”

Oh, Annie Lane! Give it up and quit while you’re ahead.

Dear Annie: This is in response to “Regretful Mom,” who says she was a neglectful mother and her adult children cut her out of their lives. Depression is a very serious problem, but can be overcome with self-reflection and a determination that life can be more joyful and happy. Brain chemistry can be changed withContinue reading “Oh, Annie Lane! Give it up and quit while you’re ahead.”

Eh, change your outlook.

TRIGGER: SUICIDE (discussed in the context of a tragic news story.) Dear Annie: My ex and I got married when I was 19. We stayed together for 10 years, during which I was dealing with untreated depression. That did not make life easy for either of us. Eventually, he left, leaving me to care for theContinue reading “Eh, change your outlook.”

Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson

Guess what I finished reading recently? Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together by Ashley L. Peterson!! What a great book! You can find it here. It’s all about different aspects of depression, different causes, different manifestations, different treatments based on those factors, and different illnesses or conditions that can include depression (such as bipolar disorder).Continue reading “Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson”

More questions and answers today!

Dear Mesmerizing Meg: Hello, I am a 15 year old female and for a very long time, I’ve been suffering with a very weird thing. When I am sleeping, all out of the sudden I feel like my body is going high very fast, it feels like I’m flying upwards and I feel a ringingContinue reading “More questions and answers today!”

Pregnancy, PTSD, and careers.

Dear Mesmerizing Meg: How would you deal with a grandmother who feels entitled to become a great grandmother? We have had a very love/hate relationship between us the past few years, and now that I’m getting older, it’s just getting worse and worse. Whenever there is a family function, my fertility is brought up, andContinue reading “Pregnancy, PTSD, and careers.”

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