Navigating the Stormy Seas of Mental Health, pt. 2

See part 1 here I’d like you to remember that there are no medical cures for depression or anxiety disorders, only treatment to lessen or manage symptoms. Doctors or other healthcare providers who currently claim they have cures, whether scientific or pseudoscientific (aka “natural cures”) are being deceptive. With that in mind, let’s look atContinue reading “Navigating the Stormy Seas of Mental Health, pt. 2”

Navigating the Stormy Seas of Mental Health, Pt. 1

In talking to my patients over the years and through dealing with my own experiences, I’ve found that getting help for conditions like depression and anxiety can be hindered by several obstacles. The main ones I find prevalent are stigma, time, money, and our own preconceived beliefs about what mental help is. Stigma Stigma isContinue reading “Navigating the Stormy Seas of Mental Health, Pt. 1”

“Worry Not?” Are You Sure?

Everyone gets anxious at some point. Maybe it’s on a first date, or during a class presentation, or maybe you’re starting at a new job. In all these cases, anxiety is an expected, normal reaction. But there are times when our anxious reaction is out of proportion to the situation. Though “out-of-proportion” is a measurementContinue reading ““Worry Not?” Are You Sure?”

Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?

The other day over coffee, my best friend and I were talking about our week and I brought up my blog. I told him about how I feel pride and shame are two sides of the same coin, like I wrote about some here. He immediately told me I was right on the money, andContinue reading “Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?”

Too Good to Not Believe

Time to get real. This world we know is a flaming dumpster nuke fire of injustice, disease, and pain that, if we saw the true extent thereof, we’d look away in burning scorn, searing tears, and stinging heartache. You think your individual life is a mess? Consider the billions alive today suffering in some wayContinue reading “Too Good to Not Believe”

The Joy of a Photograph

“Look at this photograph. Every time I do, it makes me laugh” ~ Nickelback Imagine a distant and ancient time when cameras were uncommon. They weren’t in everyone’s pocket. They used film rolls of which 24 shots were the normal max storage. Wouldn’t you think twice back then before taking a photo of your lunch?Continue reading “The Joy of a Photograph”