Archive for May 2013

Check your Facebook privacy settings!

Mine are set quite private. But somehow, and I haven’t quite figured out why, the settings began to be public beginning yesterday. I thought I’d fixed it, and proceeded to post two new pics of my nephew that I had found. Yeah, I have a nephew. My brother and his wife have this cutie pie... Read more »

Homeless teens in Chicago : When parents are not being parents

Homeless teens in Chicago : When parents are not being parents
When I read about the number of homeless teens in Illinois and Chicago, it reminded me of all the times when I fantasized about running away, and when dad, in his rages, said I could go live on the streets where I would be raped if I didn’t like what he had to say. I... Read more »

You mean, I don't have to suffer?

You mean, I don't have to suffer?
It is so weird to actually take care of myself. Okay, I still tend to be unduly hard on myself, and am often in denial about how crappy I feel even as I write statuses and posts about how crappy I feel. I keep wondering, even as I write, whether I’m crazy or whiny or... Read more »
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DSM-5 changes PTSD criteria, but still ignores psychological abuse

DSM-5 changes PTSD criteria, but still ignores psychological abuse
DSM-V is coming out this month, but it doesn’t seem to be online in any library databases yet. However, this gives somewhat of an overview about the changes. Even though we haven’t seen the actual changes to the text of the diagnostic criteria, the information that the American Psychological Association (APA) has already stirred up... Read more »

When you're 25, married, and sick, everyone thinks you're pregnant

Every spring I get disequilibrium that leaves me unsteady and mildly car-sick. Yesterday morning, I had a migraine on top of that. Did you know that migraines can act like morning sickness? Except I didn’t realize it was a migraine at first. I didn’t even think about morning sickness, either. I was just extremely nauseous... Read more »

When abusers disguise themselves as good people

When abusers disguise themselves as good people
“He is such a good man–you guys are lucky to have him as a father.” “You guys are so well-behaved! Your parents are doing a good job with you.” and “I thought you were a big happy family.” “I never knew. I thought you guys were an exemplar Catholic family.” It was all about appearances.... Read more »
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Anxiety is weird, or, Worrying about being certifiably crazy

Anxiety is weird, or, Worrying about being certifiably crazy
I’m dense. For about the last 1.5, 2-weeks, I’ve been feeling restless, lethargic, and irritable. I was wondering what the heck was wrong with me when even the little things drove me NUTS when, objectively speaking, I had nothing to really be irritable about. My husband would talk about work, and after about 5 minutes... Read more »

The dragon on the side of the road

The dragon on the side of the road
I learned about St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s dragon quote yesterday while reading a book, and have been pondering it. If you are unfamiliar with it, here’s what St. Cyril said: But a dragon lies in ambush for the traveler; take care he does not bite you and inject you his poison of unbelief. Seeing this... Read more »