"I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCPD) in 2016, after struggling with it - unbeknownst to me - for years. While I was in a gnarly mixed episode during my graduate program, I did a lot of things and acted in a lot of ways that hurt people I cared about … Continue reading Ways to say I love you
Sometimes you have a plan and life says "let's try something else." Some things I wished for, in hindsight, I'm glad they never came to fruition. For years, I shamed myself for dropping out of graduate school. Mentally and physically, I was spiraling downward. I couldn't imagine where I would be if I continued to … Continue reading Falling isn’t failing
My job offers a lot of opportunities for career and personal development. Right now, I'm taking a mini course on potential. The first week, we talked about energy and emotional potential. I want to focus on emotional potential. I've talked previously about emotional intelligence (Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman is a great read) and during … Continue reading Potential and perception
While forgiveness can lead to healing, it can also keep you stuck. When it comes to others, you can't force people to accept responsibility. You can't make someone feel regret, remorse, or empathy. Given your lack of control, you can't make someone forgive for their actions. I struggled with this a lot as a very … Continue reading Forgiveness is not mandatory
"Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve to feel joy or love when I'm depressed. It is still hard to accept this but I'm learning how to." Anonymous post. Thank you for sharing!
This is especially for the people that feel stuck in their recovery and struggling with making that "first step" towards treatment. It is ok to be uncomfortable. Treatment is going to constantly test you. You will be pushed to places that you may have buried for years. I've spoken before about vulnerability and I feel … Continue reading Being uncomfortable
"I'm a recovering drug addict and have learned to accept my own journey. I looked at someone else's successes and would get disappointed when I didn't live up to them. Once I realized I was still using addictive behaviors, just not with drugs, I was able to be real with myself. I'm now 2 years … Continue reading My own journey