Mental Health

Love and Let Live

Not everyone is going to be able to love you the way you need to be loved.  That doesn’t mean anything bad about you.  You’re not unlovable, or unworthy.  It doesn’t mean anything bad about them either.  They’re not evil, or a bad person (unless they’re abusive, in which ... read more

Don’t Believe Everything you Think

Something I’ve learned about myself is that I have an automatic response when I look in the mirror that says “You’re fat.”  It doesn’t matter how skinny I am, that just happens.  This photo was taken at a time when I was so thin I stopped having my period.  Even then I ... read more

Tutus are Always a Good Idea

This picture was taken when I ran the Livestrong Half Marathon in Austin in a pink tutu.  I was really surprised by how many people came up to thank me for wearing it, because it helped them keep going.  Being yourself gives others the space and strength to do the same, and you never know who really ... read more

Gamification

I tend to approach recovery (and just life in general) as a series of games.  Why? Well there are two main reasons: 1) Games are fun. 2) It takes a lot of the pressure off, seriousness out, and keeps challenges from feeling endless. Some of my favorite games are the “To-Do List Wipe-Out” ... read more

Afraid of the Dark?

In recovery, you can’t be afraid of the dark. That is where all of your biggest breakthroughs will be found. I’m not saying it’s always fun and it’s certainly not always easy, but if you let your eyes adjust to the darkness you’ll find the most beautiful parts of your spirit ... read more

Bad Reruns

Depression is like having a TV that is stuck on only one channel.  For many years, mine mostly played reruns of “Don’t get out of bed, it’s Hopeless,” and of course the old classic, “You’re fat, Ugly, and Stupid.”  It look a great deal of practice to learn to ... read more

#LoveYourRealSelfie

No makeup, no filter (and obviously no hairbrush) in honor of NED‘s Love Your Real Selfie day!  Even a year ago I would never have dreamed of posting a photo of myself without makeup on ANYWHERE.  Acceptance doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s something I still have to work on daily, but ... read more

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

This January I had the privilege of going to a brain stimulation conference in Beaune, France, where I learned a lot about rTMS – a powerful non-invasive treatment for Major Depression. If you have medication resistant depression and feel you’re out of options and don’t want to do ECT, ... read more