Archive for May 2014

Complicated Grief

Yesterday, I shared the article, You Went to a Funeral and Then You Went Home , on my Facebook page. I received an email about it this morning that prompted me to end my mental health month series with a quick post about Complicated Grief. A blurb from M. “So I did read that you... Read more »

Do you need to go on an antidepressant?

When you find yourself at a party where there’s a doctor, do you ask him/her to look at suspicious mole on your shoulder? Do you pick the brains of psychiatrists you meet getting drunk at bars, asking them if they think you are depressed or if you need to go on an antidepressant? I hope... Read more »

Why does the media ignore mental health? Because they suck!

Dear all television, radio and print media organizations, I’d like to congratulate you on your awesome coverage of mental health topics and regular efforts to educate people about mental illness and mental-well being. Just kidding. Stop ignoring mental illness. Sure, you address mental health topics when there’s potential for ratings based on some terrible thing... Read more »
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Mind your manners and stroke your wiener

Mind your manners and stroke your wiener
My father cussed a blue streak and loved a good dirty joke, but damn, he was a stickler for table manners. He tried to teach and role model rules and respect, however, we still had fun at mealtime because when we were at home, we were our real selves. And so, because I am the... Read more »

Psychotherapy: 10 Fibs and Facts

Have you or someone you know had a bad experience with therapy or a not so good therapist? Unfortunately, bad therapists are out there, so I can’t argue that they don’t exist. I also can’t argue the fact that therapy isn’t right for everyone. It’s just not. However, I can argue that if based on... Read more »

It's Nobody's fault, but that doesn't mean Nobody isn't an a**hole

I’ve been in a bad mood all day. It’s nobody’s fault, it just IS. Sometimes I get cranky. What of it? Ooooo…but when I do get cranky, I do try not to take it out on other people, but Christ on a cracker, what the FUCK is going on here? Nobody knows and nobody is... Read more »
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Flexible Families are Forever Families: Part One

Healthy families do certain things right. A family can have some bat-shit crazy members and struggle with serious physical, financial, emotional and spiritual challenges and still be super healthy. How? Because healthy families have an abundance of three essential characteristics: flexibility, openness and love. Today’s post is about the first characteristic, flexibility. Let’s do this.... Read more »

The Ridiculously Amazing Jason Good

You might not know who Jason Good is, but I’m sure you’ve read his ridiculously amazing blog posts,  Three Minutes Inside the Head of a Two Year Old and 46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might Be Freaking Out and thought to yourself, “Self, who IS this funny motherfucker?” If you haven’t read those blogs,... Read more »

What you can do when you can't help a mentally ill parent

When someone you love suffers from mental illness and they won’t get help, it can be frustrating and terrifying. You might feel helpless or angry. There is no wrong way to think or feel, but there is a right way to act. There is no shortage of potential topics to write about for Mental Health... Read more »
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Letters to a New Mom: Post-Partum Mental Health Issues and You

Some moms who blog here on ChicagoNow are doing a project together called “Letters to a New Mom.” Sheila, who writes the blog, Mary Tyler Mom came up with the idea. Genius! I couldn’t resist. New moms need to be educated about potential changes in their mental health status post baby. Dear New Mom (or... Read more »