Welcome

I hope it is easy to find lorib.blog, changing to lorib434@wordpress.com i have been blogging, more like journaling for years, but not for an audience. I have published on The Mighty, recently started posting on Medium and published my first blog on Psych Central today! Can you tell I am excited 😄 The title there … Continue reading Welcome

The Gift

I go to a support group for people with mood disorders.  Moods are part of schizoaffective disorder. The moderator likes to refer to our illness as a 'gift'. Like we have special powers. He believes he is more creative, has deeper feelings, and I don't know what else. He even said he would not take … Continue reading The Gift

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Dealing with Anxiety

I am suffering with constant anxiety. My stomach feels queasy and I am having trouble with shallow breathing. I just started a new job and I think that is the issue. i am hoping once I settle in, it will stop. My therapist suggested more exercise and mindfulness. My pdoc said to push through it, … Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety

DNA testing

I have been interested in the different DNA tests available, like ancestry or 23andMe. (I am not endorsing any products). At one time, I worked at a company that did DNA work.  I even met Francis Collins, one of the leaders of the human genome project, who was a consultant. I was interested, but I … Continue reading DNA testing

I have a dog

I have been lookng for a dog that matches with my family and I finally found one.  He is a poodle/shih tzu mix. His previous owner was moving to an apartment that does not accept dogs. He has made himself at home and seems to be adjusting well. It will be good for me to … Continue reading I have a dog

Working Towards a Breakthrough

In my last post I talked about my childhood and how could my parents have thought that was an okay environment. They thought they were superior to others, even. I know everyone has flaws and maybe combined they had very poor judgement and blind spots.  They weren't intentionally so hurtful. I do want to find … Continue reading Working Towards a Breakthrough

Uncomfortably Numb

I saw my therapist today. My daughter moved into the dorms for her first year in college yesterday. We talked about that for a while. It is bittersweet. I am very happy for her, but it does feel different with an empty room. I got shaky when I was moving her in. I don't think … Continue reading Uncomfortably Numb

My Story of Forgiveness

Originally published PsychCentral https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/07/my-story-of-forgiveness-and-mental-illness/ My mother came to visit recently. We have a past issue between us, that I have not been able to forgive. It has to do with when my brother was very symptomatic with a mental illness during my teen years. I have avoided talking about it. She always seems to want … Continue reading My Story of Forgiveness