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Month: December 2017

The Truth About Psych Units, Part I

The Truth About Psych Units, Part I

Whenever I hear someone use the term “psycho ward”, it’s often part of a *joke*. Well, trust me, there’s nothing funny about it. The image I assume people get in their heads is from the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, or the subsequent movie, starring Jack Nicholson and a number of recognizable-but-not-yet-famous actors (including Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd). (Damn that Nurse Ratched! She is EVIL! She’s so good, actress Louise Fletcher won an Oscar for…

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Gratitude Can Be a Bitter Pill

Gratitude Can Be a Bitter Pill

Today, I’m going to share my take on Gratitude with you. So buckle up. 😉 I had a therapy session a few days ago with Kim. Somehow, the topic turned to Self-Compassion (probably because I have none). She said, “I’m totally serious about you developing a self-compassion routine.” To which I replied, “I don’t even know what that would look like,” which, sadly perhaps, is the absolute truth. You may not know this about me, and it may not always…

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I Almost Took My Life Because I Was Misdiagnosed and Not Getting the Right Kind of Treatment; or, Sit Back and Get Comfy, ‘Cause This One is Kinda Long…

I Almost Took My Life Because I Was Misdiagnosed and Not Getting the Right Kind of Treatment; or, Sit Back and Get Comfy, ‘Cause This One is Kinda Long…

Diagnoses are very important. If you have any doubts about this, all I can say is: YOU BET YOUR ASS THEY ARE! You know what’s even more important? The correct diagnosis. That determines what your options are for treatment, managing symptoms, plugging into community resources, etc. But when you allow your diagnos(es) to become your identity and rule your thoughts and actions, then it’s less like a diagnosis and more like a label you slap on yourself. The limitations of…

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