Stereotyping mental disorders continues the overall stigma of mental illness. I just wanted to address some common stereotypes that I've seen put on clients from family, friends, co-workers, teachers, etc, that may be limiting a client's progress in therapy. Some of these stereotypes may seem extreme, while others a bit more tame, but nevertheless potentially … Continue reading Breaking Down Common Mental Disorder Stereotypes
I hated the person I used to be. I find the word 'hate' to be a bit extreme in most cases, but in regard to this, it seemed fitting. Now, take note that I used past tense. I do not currently hate who I used to be, because I've accepted that the old me got … Continue reading I Hated The Person I Used To Be
Years ago, I did not have a close relationship with my dad. Being raised by my mom and seeing my dad on a less-than-regular basis as I grew older, I didn't feel my dad actually knew who I was underneath it all. Due to some personal losses in my life, I ended up reaching out … Continue reading I Wrote My Dad A Letter About Everything I Had Kept From Him
I have never found the words to accurately describe my high school experience. I often push away adolescent memories due to the pain they cause when they swirl around in my head, even a decade later. I hide away these parts of my past, and in doing so, hide away parts of who I am. … Continue reading Bullying Nearly Killed Me
I have found customer service to be the most challenging, degrading, and humiliating industry to work in. Those that have worked in customer service know the drill: The customer is always right. Just please the customer so they'll stop throwing a fit and leave the store, right? It has somehow become socially acceptable for some … Continue reading Customer Service and Mental Health
How do you help a loved one through depression? How do you offer support when you know words only mend so much? I know the weight that depression can put on a person's mind, heart, and body; that feeling of utter emptiness, numbness, and solitude, despite desperation for some form of connection to pull you … Continue reading How Do You Help A Loved One Through Depression?
If I could talk to my 16-year-old self, what would I say to her? I'd tell her that she eventually escapes that toxic relationship, but it sadly takes her years to leave. I'd tell her this to give her hope and motivate her to say something sooner. I'd tell her to speak up, to find … Continue reading Escaping An Abusive Relationship