Friday fun

Good fun found at Psych Survivor a long time ago and now just rediscovered. I watched this a dozen times the first time I found it. It just made me HAPPY. For the original source see here. It's an actual office full of young people. I suppose this is all about vicarious pleasure---wouldn't it be... Continue Reading →

My experience with traditional “Freudian” psychoanalysis

Update 2018:  I revisited this piece written 11 years ago and it was nice to see that every bit of charge around these issues are gone. Life happens, things change, healing happens. This is distant history for me now. The experience, however, I am quite sure is one that may still resonate with others...the habits... Continue Reading →

Lamictal (lamotrigine) makes me sick

I wake up very nauseas at least half of the time---any time I wake up before 9 am---I try to sleep in. This has been going on for years. Prior to figuring out it was the Lamictal making me sick I spent whole days barely functioning and having to stay home very often due to... Continue Reading →

Some food for thought

From the conclusion of the book review I am going to post below: this quote: Interestingly, the clinically depressed seem less susceptible to these basic cognitive errors. For instance, healthy people can be deluded into greater happiness when granted the mere illusion of control over their environment; the clinically depressed recognize the illusion for what... Continue Reading →

Denial? No, we need a paradigm shift

From a mental health blog: 1. Give up the luxury of denial. If you are on social security disability for mental illness and have no intention of getting off of it, stop telling professionals and everyone who will listen that you don’t believe in mental illness. Either you are scamming the federal government or you... Continue Reading →


I had a nightmare last night. Both my sister-in-law and my younger brother were dying. I awoke after giving my sister-in-law a kiss as she lay there on her death bed. Upon awakening I was struck with grief for my dead brother as fresh as the day he died. I wept out loud and spoke... Continue Reading →

Off topic interlude of joy

The private life of cats. Tell me how do you not anthropomorphize this one. And no, there is no sound. It's a 22 minute video but well worth the time. Google no longer has this wondrous video see here instead.

My favorite Christian prayers

Below is the piece of the Serenity Prayer that speaks to me. I found out for the first time that it is a longer prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr. I've only posted the part that means most to me. Denise at Psych Activist reminded me of it after thinking about it a week ago while out... Continue Reading →

My vacation

Well, it was hardly what I had hoped for or expected, but it seems to have played an important role in what appears to be an ongoing transition towards healing. I was hoping that it would be like most of the vacations I've taken with my husband throughout our time together. We go somewhere beautiful,... Continue Reading →

Lithium __________________________________ "Lithium" Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside. Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without... Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow. Oh, but God, I want to let it go. Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone. Couldn't hide the emptiness, you let it show.... Continue Reading →

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