(Trigger warning: suicide) I stopped and started writing this post several times. While I was not a regular follower of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, I knew him from the Ellen DeGeneres Show and from the videos that he and his wife Allison shared on social media of their fun choreographed dances. I was always struck by… Read More Why is tWitch’s Death Hitting Me So Hard?
My son always had some struggles with peers, the need for constant limit-setting, and an immense amount of energy. Despite doing well in school and no major problems that we were aware of, he would cry for hours at night about not wanting to go to school the next day. We had tried therapy twice… Read More I Wish I Could Die
The following is a guest post from Laura Stott. Laura is a wife, mom to a seven-year-old and four-year-old, and a high school history teacher on the shoreline, where she also grew up. She loves being near the beach and the woods, and having deep roots, though she wishes all of her family were closer.… Read More I Hate Anxiety
I’m going through an emotionally difficult time in my life (I’ll tell you more about that later). What I will tell you now is that I’m coming to the realization that I can’t do it alone. Believe me, I want to. I want to be able to stand on my own and dodge every… Read More This is What the Truth Looks Like: I Can’t Do This Alone
I have suffered from depression since I was a kid. I didn’t even know that what I had was an actual “thing”, let alone seek treatment for it, until I was in my late twenties. Looking back, it all makes sense. I used to take incredible risks when I was a kid and was never… Read More This is what the truth looks like: Parenting While Clinically Depressed
Sometimes you wake up, start your day, and just feel like everything suddenly clicks. This happens almost never for me. But it happened to me today. If I could, I would bottle up and sell the magic that allowed my morning to unfold nearly seamlessly for once. Let me explain: (1) I managed to wake… Read More Top Three Reasons I Am Winning at Parenting and In Life Today.
When my depression started to lift after starting a much-needed prescription, I came to the scary realization that certain aspects of my personality and outlook on life were driven by that altered state of mind. Or rather, those aspects were a part of who I was until I started tinkering with my neurochemistry. One of… Read More Don’t Be a Hero: Being OK with Being Average
It’s been almost four years since that June morning and I am no longer depressed. I have a second son now and didn’t have postpartum depression with him. I have since bonded with and love both of my boys more than anything in my life. My bond is strong and secure with my sons. … Read More My Postpartum Depression Story – Emerging on the Other Side
(My story …continued) Like all forms of depression, there are varying degrees of postpartum depression. It can fluctuate from of a mild case of the “baby blues” to a crippling case of serious depression, or a million situations in between. To be honest, I don’t know where my case fell on that spectrum as it’s… Read More My Postpartum Depression Story – The Biggest Mistake of My Life
It was mid-June, a little before 6:00am. I didn’t know the exact time because I stopped looking at the clock by then, but I knew the approximate time by the amount of sunlight coming through the window. It must have been a Tuesday because it was Garbage Day. I watched the garbage truck thump up the… Read More My Postpartum Depression Story – It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This