Tag Archives: mental health

Hiding the social anxiety

People keep telling me that they don’t see how I could have social anxiety issues. Sometimes I can’t even respond in words, describing how many years of study and work I’ve put into being able to function in social situations. … Continue reading

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Unlabeled

Even now I hesitate to say the words. I don’t want to give form to the nebulous, or power to the label. People have such preconceived notions about mental health differences, but the bulk of responses are not anything I … Continue reading

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The Smell of Water

Watering my plants nearly brought me to tears; is it to late to run away and live on a boat somewhere? The smell of the water was intense, primal, necessary. When I think about the water – swimming, fishing, listening … Continue reading

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RIP Another brilliant human

I dream of running teams of art therapists and teachers to drop in to crisis areas (most of the planet?) to help humans work through things individually and as communities, because people who are emotionally wounded need to heal. All … Continue reading

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The secret plan

One of the best benefits to working in health care is never knowing what your day is actually going to be like. I’ve seen nervous breakdowns, screaming, new babies, floods, deaths, pest infestations, cheating, fire, love, hate – and those … Continue reading

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The sounds of daily living

My employer has a program where they pay for and offer free counseling sessions, and as you can imagine, the counselors are packed busy full with depressed, stressed out clients. I slipped into the mix, and unexpectedly fell in love … Continue reading

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NOT THE BEER

I live in one of the best craft beer capitals in the known universe. Cheap and easy beer has a place and time, but around here we revel in fantastic craft beer instead. I go for a luscious, lovingly crafted … Continue reading

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romantic

What an interesting time to be alive. On one hand I have so much hope for humans to do fantastic things – and on the other hand, holy shit. Because a lot of people are inĀ  distress and trauma, it’s … Continue reading

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Dancing lessons

Of all the friends I’ve lost, I miss my island Zumba friend the most. She stopped talking to me after that last major episode of bipolar wreckage that apparently everyone knew about and mocked. I don’t owe an explanation of … Continue reading

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Blueberry cobbler

After morning class, I washed my hands and started to bake. It’s that time of year, and I’m finally delighted at the upcoming holidays, for the first time in a long time. I had to practice with a new variation … Continue reading

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