iPhone Nation

“My world is much bigger than you see.” Serena Ryder Do you drive by GPS? I recently purchased a Garmin GPS and I find it makes driving more interesting. It talks to me when I am alone and it tells me where to go. It warns me when traffic is heavy and it tells me … More iPhone Nation

Most Days I Do Very Well In Spite of My Mental Illness… And So Do You

People who live with a substance use disorder or a mental illness are more like us than we know. And that may be just what we may fear ___ (My apologies if the accompanying photo seems overly dramatic. One of my more public addictions is iPhone photo apps…) Most of you have never met me. I … More Most Days I Do Very Well In Spite of My Mental Illness… And So Do You

Mental Illness Cannot be Treated With Just a Pill

​Antidepressants are skills, not just pills ____ Three years ago, I was diagnosed with ADHD. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, I was in the midst of a deep depression accompanied by crushing anxiety and even panic attacks. As my depression slowly subsided and my anxiety calmed, what remained was a question. Medications can be essential … More Mental Illness Cannot be Treated With Just a Pill

How Doing Nothing On Purpose will Help Your Recovery and Mental Health… But at First It Will Drive You CRAZY!

I confess, I love my unproductive time. If fact, if I am busy, busy, busy… I am not only less productive but also unhappy. I crave unstructured time where my mind can wander. But sometimes it can feel excruciating and I want to escape with a little (mindless) surfing. It’s a bit of a love-hate … More How Doing Nothing On Purpose will Help Your Recovery and Mental Health… But at First It Will Drive You CRAZY!

11 Ways that Your Smartphone May be Chipping Away at Your Mental Health

According to an article by the BBC, how you use your smartphone will have a huge impact on your mental health and well being. Sorry folks, it doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, a Samsung or a generic fone. Right now, about 40% of the world’s population have a smartphone and use online social … More 11 Ways that Your Smartphone May be Chipping Away at Your Mental Health

Your Mind Will Give You Many Reasons You Can’t Do It. So What?

Every day I live with a ringing doorbell in my brain. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. No vacation, no raise in my pay check, and no amount of alcohol will take the ringing away. My doctors call it Tinnitus. I call it a pain in the neck, a pain in the ass, … More Your Mind Will Give You Many Reasons You Can’t Do It. So What?

Are You on The Fast Track to Unhappiness?

Envy may be killing your sense of well-being ___ Envy ​Just four little letters. Four letters can wreak havoc on our lives. They fuel shame, hatred, dissatisfaction and unhappiness, along with unhealthy obsession. You may envy other people for what they have, what they have done or the kind of person they are, or you … More Are You on The Fast Track to Unhappiness?

Do You Know How to Communicate With Your Teenagers?

Expert advice on how to communicate with teenagers ___ This is the first part in a series on parent-teen communication. What do you think? What advice would you give to parents, teens or anyone else who wants to be a better communicator? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. One thing I can … More Do You Know How to Communicate With Your Teenagers?

In Recovery: Your Diagnosis is not Your Destiny

The six benefits of smiling no matter how difficult your days may feel ___ I call her the doughnut Nazi. Yea, that’s harsh. She works at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. She’s not difficult to miss. She is in her mid 50’s and she looks like she’s been eating lemons for about 50 … More In Recovery: Your Diagnosis is not Your Destiny

What Can You Do With Powerful Thoughts That You Just Can’t Change?

Your thoughts are powerful, but they do not have power over you.  ___ In a recent article, I explored the power of your thoughts and how your thought life can literally change your life. You can find the article here, How to Harness the Power of your Mind to Accomplish Anything You Want. The article explores how … More What Can You Do With Powerful Thoughts That You Just Can’t Change?