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

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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

Learning to Forgive

I was recently working on a blog post about forgiving my mother about past resentments. (I will post it here soon). When I showed it to a few people they made comments that it was too harsh and that I sounded bitter. I had attempted to find compassion, but somehow in trying to explain "my … Continue reading Learning to Forgive

Suicidal Thoughts, Depression and 13 Reasons Why

Originally posted on PsychCentral https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/06/suicidal-thoughts-depression-and-13-reasons-why/ I watched “13 Reasons Why” recently and it got me thinking about my own suicidal thoughts. (I am trying not to spoil it too much, but if you are waiting to watch it you may want to hold off reading) I was an unhappy teen and had some suicidal thoughts … Continue reading Suicidal Thoughts, Depression and 13 Reasons Why

Distorted Thinking and Urges for Alcohol

  Originally posted in Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/05/distorted-thinking-and-urges-for-alcohol/ I have abstained from drinking alcohol for 6 months. Day to day, I rarely think about it. I go to weekly meetings and have tools. But, occasionally I get tempted. I went to a restaurant where the drinks were flowing and they looked good. But, I just looked. … Continue reading Distorted Thinking and Urges for Alcohol

Stages of Change in Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

Originally published in Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/04/stages-of-change-in-recovery-from-alcohol-addiction/ (Photo from SmartRecovery.org) There are a number of stages one goes through when recovering from an addictive behavior. 1. Pre-contemplation — at this stage one is unaware of any problems. Others may point them out, but you have no interest in changing. 2. Contemplation– At this stage one is aware of … Continue reading Stages of Change in Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

13 Reasons Why (thoughts)

I recently watched the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why". If you haven't heard of it, it is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. I don't have a well-thought out analysis. It brings up many topics and I have no one to discuss them with. I have not read other writings on the series yet. … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why (thoughts)

Creativity, Mood Disorders, and Treatment

  If you have wondered where I have been, I have hit a wall. I can't think of what to write.  I will be back. Modified from my post on PsychCentral link It has been noted that there seems to be a correlation between mood disorders and creativity. Many great artists, poets, writers, musicians have … Continue reading Creativity, Mood Disorders, and Treatment