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.”

I’m cured!

… And I don’t say that lightly. I have a long list of mental illnesses, but one of them just got crossed off the list. Holy flip. I think I might have misdiagnosed it. My official diagnoses are schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type; and pure-O (obsessive-compulsive disorder without compulsions). I doubt anyone who knows me wouldContinue reading “I’m cured!”

Patronizing people and the fix-it-yourself approach to mental illness.

DEAR ABBY: I endured an arduous decade-long marriage with a subsequent nasty divorce and custody battle. This was followed by years of contentious child rearing with my ex. With my children now grown, I am free to spend my money the way I want and have absolute freedom. I live alone, and quite frankly, IContinue reading “Patronizing people and the fix-it-yourself approach to mental illness.”

The interview

This is depressing. I went to see the government-appointed psychiatrist today to be evaluated regarding my disabled status, and the guy was focused on asking me about depression and anxiety. His first question was, “How long has your depression been causing problems for you?” I get it. I do. Depression is the leading cause ofContinue reading “The interview”

Pure O attack!

I’ve noticed something about myself. I’m obsessive. Like, a lot. Earlier today, someone bought two of Granny Smith’s old quilts on etsy. That’s great, right? Yeah… until I noticed that they’re yellowing with age or from dye transfer. Several hours have passed. I’ve researched the problem thoroughly, contacted the buyer, and attacked one quilt withContinue reading “Pure O attack!”

So we’ve diagnosed it. Does that justify it?

Dear Annie: My husband of decades has a habit that I don’t care for, and I can’t seem to make him understand the problem. I have run out of ideas, have asked counselors and anyone I can that might have an answer or suggestion. I am desperate to see whether you or your readers haveContinue reading “So we’ve diagnosed it. Does that justify it?”

I’m one of those kind, angry people. (Just run.)

Dear Annie: My mother separated from my father when I was 3. She left my father, who never came looking for us. She later married a wonderful man who loves me more than anything. When I was 15, a family member was able to get in touch with my biological father. The next day, heContinue reading “I’m one of those kind, angry people. (Just run.)”

Loony!

Dear Amy: I have struggled with my mental health my entire life. I’ve been in and out of several psychiatric hospitals over the past few years. I’ve always been private with my emotions, having been raised in a family that doesn’t talk about feelings. Therefore, my first hospital admission came as a surprise to myContinue reading “Loony!”

Pass the happy pills!

Dear Amy: Almost 20 years ago when my husband and I were just 19 years old, he cheated on me. Twenty years on, I’m still having a hard time trusting him. Will I ever be able to trust him — or will I always feel this way? What can I do to start trusting him?Continue reading “Pass the happy pills!”

Breathing in Tight Spaces

I was a total mess yesterday. Total meltdown mode, and I couldn’t cope with anything at all. I sobbed for hours, and there was snot and sticky stuff in my mouth. Total mess. I was in a bizarre sort of dissociated haze. Time passed in large increments during which I kept crying and not cryingContinue reading “Breathing in Tight Spaces”

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