The other day a rare thing happened, and I got an hour to myself to hang out with one of my very good friends. We got coffee and chatted about his daughter getting married, my vampire novel in the works and how it might have an offensive amount of my real life in it, and the difficulty…
This isn’t a real post, more of a passing observation. I’ve noticed over the past year that I’m doing that thing that many first time parents do: Expecting way too much from my two year old. As the oldest of ninety-thousand kids, I absolutely hated this growing up. At five I was practically expected to…
A Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health and Healing: What I’ve Learned After Five Years in Therapy (And How It Might Help You)
Before I found a therapist I liked and could trust, I didn’t know much about mental health aside from what I’d learned in AP Psychology in high school (which was taught from an outdated nineteen-eighties textbook that had pictures that currently brings to mind murder documentaries. It essentially demonized anyone with an atypical brain or life experience and loved using language like “chemical imbalance” which is no longer a thing professionals use. I also learned a lot about mental health from movies that usually did a terrible job accurately portraying what it’s like to struggle with things like anxiety or depression. I knew next to nothing about self-care, trauma, or the symptoms of things that I actually lived with every day.
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