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MHH Mental Health

Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

perso It's fairly common, at least in the mental health blogging world, for people to self-criticize, especially if they they think they've made a mistake or failed to do something. I don't tend to do that, and recently had a bit of an aha moment about how it came to be that I believe that… Continue reading Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

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MHH Depression

A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

The blue Christmas thing is relatively new to me.  I used to like Christmas. For most of my life, I was a Christmas girl (albeit of the atheist variety).  It was a time for food, family, decorations, and more food. Christmas was never stressful for me.  I have a pretty small immediate family, so there… Continue reading A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Enmeshment (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is enmeshment. Enmeshment was first described by family therapist Salavador Minuchin.  It occurs when there is an extreme lack of boundaries, which prevents healthy differentiation into autonomous individuals.  It occurs most often in families, although it can happen… Continue reading What Is… Enmeshment (Insights into Psychology)

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Miscellaneous

What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

This is mostly a rhetorical question for me, since I don't have kids and most likely never will, but how would you teach your kids about sex? My parents never gave me a sex talk.  I first found out about sex from a book about the human body that my parents gave me that they… Continue reading What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

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MHH Depression

Depression and Social Brokenness

I've been thinking lately about my inability to maintain relationships with people.  Depression has caused me to shut a lot of people out of my life.  Mostly I haven't given it much thought, but it dawned on me that it has to do with a sense of brokenness. My illness makes it hard to be… Continue reading Depression and Social Brokenness

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MHH Mental Health

My Mental Illness is Part of the Family

designerpoint on Pixabay It's easy for me to focus on how my mental illness has affected me, but it has also profoundly affected my family, and that's something that perhaps I should give a bit more thought to. When I first became ill in 2007, I didn't say anything to my parents or brother, although… Continue reading My Mental Illness is Part of the Family

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MHH Mental Health

Feeling Like a Stranger in My Own Family

I never would have thought that I would feel like a stranger in my own family. Depression changed everything, though. I spent Christmas with my family this year.  It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me.  Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there were far too… Continue reading Feeling Like a Stranger in My Own Family