Stigma lives within all of us Whether it is over use of alcohol or drugs, or mental illness, stigma will impact a person’s well being, quality of life and can lengthen their recovery time. Addiction is one of the most stigmatized health conditions that a person can experience. Whether it is over use of alcohol … More Addiction Stigma is Like Cancer to Our Recovery
Where we reject those who suffer, we also reject a part of ourselves and our humanity recedes one more step. Where we honor those in need, we use the power that we have to help ourselves and humanity to move towards a better way. If you (or your son or daughter or parent) were living … More When We Fear Others Because of Their Mental Illness, We Fear a Part of Ourselves
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
“Does it Matter How We Talk About People with Substance Use Disorder?” ___ Most of you have never met me. I am about to write something that may change what you think about me. I am going against the advice of people I respect – my wife and my Psychiatrist. (In fact, even saying that … More Please Don’t Hate Me Because I have a Mental Illness
If you are looking for creative ways to express yourself, look no further! ___ This post is a little different than my regular posts. Fear not, I just wanted to have a little weekend fun. Hope you enjoy it. For more fun or humorous posts, use the search box on the top right corner of … More 5 Old Words that Give Us a New Way to Express Ourselves
For article, “The Words You Use to Describe Your Life May Be Making You Unhappy” click on the photo.
Scientists estimate that you think 70,000 thoughts each day. No wonder why you feel tired! 70,000 thoughts, yet all that I can get out of my 17 year old is that his day was “fine.” It takes 15 minutes of work to get one word. Getting to the other 69,999 might just drive me nuts… … More Are Your Words Getting in Your Way?
Have you heard the statistic that women speak 20,000 words each day, and men speak about 10,000 words? Whether you have heard someone say this or not, it’s bunk. A myth. Statements like this only serve to perpetuate myths about gender differences. Maybe you are telling yourself, “If thoughts were worth money, I’d be rich!” … More Your Words are Not Your World
Is the shorthand-version-of-your-day helping you to live the life that you want? Or is it getting in your way? For article “The Words You Use to Describe Your Life May Be Making You Unhappy” click on photo.
15 Uncommon words that will help you create a richer, fuller experience of your mental health “Words often represent a very partial, and sometimes misleading, account of what we actually feel.” David Wallin A word is not really just one word. Let’s say that you travel to Hawaii on an 8 hour plane ride … More The Words You Use to Describe Your Life May Be Making You Unhappy