May is mental health awareness month, so I'd like to take the time to chat a little about why this month is so important.  In our society, people have sympathy for patients suffering from physical ailments like cancer, diabetes, tumors...
February 15. For most people, this is simply the day after Valentine's day. A day to buy cheap chocolate that's been deeply discounted to make room for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter candy. But February 15, 2013, for my family...
When I was in college I felt like the world was my oyster. I had my whole life planned. I’d graduate, move to the big city to start my (successful) career. Then, in a few years I’d get married,...
Some of us are feeling a new or stronger need for mental health help in these anxious times. Because sometimes everything isn't okay.  Mental health apps could be one way to get that help without leaving your house. I tried...
Last week I was sitting on my screened-porch with my laptop in front of me, looking at the faces of my colleagues -- the middle school faculty at Heathwood Hall -- on Google Meet as we reviewed plans and...
We hear a lot about how social media can be toxic. But there are ways that social media can help too. At this time in particular, with physical distancing, many are struggling with feelings of isolation and depression. Social media...
For most of my life, I have suffered from moderate to severe contamination-OCD. Since I was a small child, I’ve washed my hands until they are raw and bleeding. I’ll use hand sanitizer over and over again, even when...
It's 12:34 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. My husband and I are sitting in our family room watching the news. Okay, let me be a little more honest. My husband was watching the news. I wasn't paying a lick of...
I am not OK. It has taken me several weeks to even put my thoughts into writing. I definitely have anxiety and do not do well with even minor changes, much less something this unexpected. I am a very scheduled person....
We are all in the same boat. We have been ordered to socially distance ourselves from others, and stay at home as much as possible. Why are so many of us losing it? Is it really that difficult to just...
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Being a mom to a little one is STRESSFUL. Flu season KILLS me. Hurricane season WRECKS me. Election season is the WORST. COVID-19? I cannot even. I am on high alert right now, as we all...
When you are asked ''How are you doing?" what is your response? Do you smile and give the typical, "I'm good" even though things may not really be alright? Or do you actually open up and let people know how...
Dear Body - You are magnificent in your strength, endurance, and resilience. You allow me to engage, experience, and grow more than most. To be honest, I owe you an apology. It seems I’ve often been critical of you, spoke negatively towards you,...
About six months ago I was sitting at our pediatrician's office waiting for the results of my daughter's wellness visit screenings. That was when her doctor showed me the optical camera's findings. She seemed to have slight astigmatism and...
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