Posted in depression, Mental Health, Physical Fitness

Exercise And Mental Health: Why 10,000 Steps a Day Makes Me Smile

Do you ever get home after a long day sitting on your butt at work and realize that you don’t feel that great?

I used to work as a waitress, so when I joined the 9 to 5 grind and found myself behind a keyboard 8 hours a day I realized two things.  One, my waist line was slowly expanding and two, my mental health (mood) was slowly declining.  I was becoming miserable.

I’m sure many people can relate.  An object at rest stays at rest, right?  (That Newton was so damn smart.)  So how do you combat this?

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Niacin For Depression… Say WHAT?

One day not long ago I was feeling pretty down.  It was the type of day where I just wanted to stay in bed and watch Netflix… so I did.  I grabbed a bag of chips and settled in to bed.  I can almost picture what I looked like.. wrinkled PJs, disheveled hair, the look of desperation.  It was not a proud moment.

I scanned Netflix for something interesting to watch and I ended up settling on a documentary called “Food Matters“.  It blew me away!  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard about this before!?  Why hasn’t my doctor told me about this? Continue reading “Niacin For Depression… Say WHAT?”

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How To Feel Better When You Are Depressed

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny…”
~ C.S. Lewis

You’re at work staring at a computer screen willing yourself to care about your job.  Trying your best to make small talk with coworkers.  Generally feeling like a total fake and exhausted from the effort it takes pretending to be ok.  Have you ever felt that way?

If so, read on…

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Posted in BPD, Mental Health

Breaking Down BPD

I just love this post.
I laughed reading it because it so accurately describes BPD and it felt like this blogger was writing about my life.


According to the American Psychological Association, the prevalence rate of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in the general population is approximately 1-2% of lifetime occurrence.  So no worries, we are not alone ;).a9a0fb9e-6e03-4b8a-bf25-a04fa3c497b5

So I was able to do the impossible, find my lost blog posts. Before I re-post this one, I would like to add that I have been practicing as a mental health clinician again, and many of my clients have been curious to learn about their diagnoses.  Interestingly enough, when asked about if learning and understanding more of the disorder helped, they all said yes.  One specifically stated “I don’t feel like I’m crazy anymore, knowing that other people feel how I do, it makes me feel normal.” I still of course can only speak for myself when I say learning about Borderline Personality Disorder, educating myself on it and understanding it has been a tremendous help. I admit…

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Tips On How To Stop Obsessing

It took me a while to think of an appropriate title.  I wanted it to say so much more.. to add something like ‘obsessing is making me unhappy’ or ‘my obsessive thoughts are self-destructive’ but the title would have been too wordy.  (Aesthetics, right?)  Ultimately, I want people to know that obsessing is common and that it can be managed.  Maybe it will never stop or go away, but I’ve shared a few of my tips you can use that may help when you feel like you’re about to go off the deep end.

But first!  What is it like to be BPD and deal with obsessive thoughts…?  Great question, let me elaborate: Continue reading “Tips On How To Stop Obsessing”