Am I a bad person? Or is that just my mental illness talking? Graphic of cartoon head with flames for hair
Mental health

“Am I a Bad Person?”

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading “Am I a Bad Person?”

Book cover: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Book reviews

Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg describes a form of compassionate communication. The foreword is by Deepak Chopra, which wasn't a great start for me, as New Age really isn't my thing. Rosenberg and I seem to look at the world very differently, so this is less book review and more… Continue reading Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

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Mental health

Shoulding Ourselves to Death

I saw a post on the topic of shoulding recently on Grounding Growth and wanted to continue the conversation.  Definitely check out her stop the should worksheet. The word should can have several meanings, but the most relevant here is the one from Google dictionary, which Grounding Growth also referenced. "used to indicate obligation, duty,… Continue reading Shoulding Ourselves to Death

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Mental health

Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

We live in a world in which people are constantly judging us on how we look.  Sometimes, the effects of mental illness are overtly obvious, like when hygiene goes flying out the window, or when eating pattern changes produce major weight loss or gain. Things like weight gain can also be very visible side effects… Continue reading Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds