Mental Health

Why I’m Not Ashamed Of Taking Medication For My Anxiety

How often have you taken aspirin for a headache? What about cough syrup to ease the crappy way you feel when you have cold? Chances are that anytime you’ve done so, nobody has given it a second thought. You haven’t hidden your Theraflu at the checkout lane. And you have whispered that you’re taking Nyquil. People rarely judge others for…

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Mental Health, Parenting

Surviving Mother’s Day With A Toxic Mother-Child Relationship

It’s almost Mother’s Day. You can tell by the jewelry commercials on TV, the flower, candy and card displays in every store, and the print ads in your mailbox. For me, Mother’s Day means getting cards and drawings from my kids – and inevitably having to purge art from years past to make room. And while Mother’s Day is a…

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Lifestyle, Mental Health

The Important Lesson I Learned From Failure

I’ve had my fair share of disappointment in my lifetime. Lost jobs. Crappy relationships. Missed Opportunities. I graduated high school in 2005. Two kids and one husband later, I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree and trying to figure out what I ultimately want to do with my life. This week I noticed multiple people lamenting about where they are…

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Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parenting

An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Life is pretty hard right now, isn’t it? You probably feel like you’ll never have it figured out. But trust me, you will eventually see the reasons for everything that you’re going through. You’re stuck in this place where you have great friends but you yearn to be “popular.” I know right now it seems like popularity is some kind…

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Mental Health

Mental Illness and Why We Need To Take Cries For Help Seriously

Police are searching for a man in Cleveland, Ohio who posted a series of disturbing Facebook videos on Easter Sunday, one of which showed him shooting and killing a man he simply saw walking down the street. Before choosing his victim at random, he posted a video stating that he had “snapped” and was about to find people to kill.…

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Mental Health

How A BuzzFeed Podcast Led To My Anxiety Diagnosis

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It was a diagnosis that was a long time coming. I’ve suffered my entire life with overwhelming and irrational thoughts, embarrassing nervous habits and missing out on things due to paralyzing nervousness. I was always written off as quiet or shy and I accepted those characterizations. But as I got…

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