Fool me twice!

Dear Amy: After 20 years and many tears, my ex has decided to reappear. He found my daughter on social media. She was hesitant to put him in touch. This man literally ran out of our lives. This put me into a major depression. I had a total breakdown. I made contact, and he toldContinue reading “Fool me twice!”

Aww! Poor woman!

Dear Amy: I’m a new mom to a wonderful, healthy and happy baby. The birth was traumatic. My postpartum period was marred with unbearable pain, physical limitations and multiple surgeries. It was a difficult time of my life that I’m trying to move past to enjoy the happy times of new parenthood ahead. I’m havingContinue reading “Aww! Poor woman!”

The new year!

I have a slight case of neoannophobia that never goes away until I’ve spent some time in the new year and have deemed it safe. However, things have improved greatly. This is the first year ever that I’m not terrified of January, February, and March. Neoannophobia aside, I used to have what I thought wasContinue reading “The new year!”

Whoops! Forgot to title this one!

TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF BEING SUICIDAL, BUT IN THE DISTANT PAST. EVERYTHING’S FINE! Dear Amy: Last year, one of my sister’s children came out to me as trans. “S” asked to stay with me because of the trauma of being around their mostly conservative and media-illiterate family. S has been living with my husband andContinue reading “Whoops! Forgot to title this one!”

The wrong way of looking at it!

Dear Amy: I am a successful woman in my early 30s. I am currently happy in my life. I have a good job, I have both accomplishments in the past and aspirations for the future, I have a loving husband, I take care of myself and feel cared for in my day-to-day life. But IContinue reading “The wrong way of looking at it!”

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.”

Thank God!

I’m feeling quite better today, and I’ve done some massive soul-searching. I realized that there are two separate dynamics going on here. One is when I push people away because they’re being insensitive toward me. The other is when I alienate men who reject me romantically. The latter is one that I’ve struggled with forContinue reading “Thank God!”

Fried pickles, anyone?

Dear Amy: Several years ago, my husband and I visited his brother and wife for a vacation. We stayed with them and relied on them for transportation. One night, we went out to dinner. His brother ordered some fried pickles as an appetizer. My husband told him he had never had one and reached overContinue reading “Fried pickles, anyone?”

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!”

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