As many people know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. In one of my first posts, “What is Dermatillomania?" I opened up about another struggle I have besides depression and anxiety. Dermatillomania, also known as Excoriation, is a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB), which is compulsive skin picking to the point where it can cause damage… Continue reading Mental Health Month
Going to therapy can be tough - especially if you have never gone before. It can even be tough if you used to go, and go back again, which is okay! I had a therapist when I was younger and after a while, we just didn't click anymore. I wasn't connecting and opening up as… Continue reading Sometimes You Need to Shop Around
Something that I struggle with on a daily basis is comparing myself to others - that's been an issue for me for as long as I can remember. There is a fine line between looking to others for inspiration vs. comparing yourself in an unhealthy way. Sometimes my jealousy can get the best of me… Continue reading Have Some Healthy Competition!
We all know the Monday blues - some know it more than others. For me it's been a little more tough than usual since I don't live with my boyfriend and him and my family aren't in the same place as me anymore. Although I love my independence and living in Chicago - it can… Continue reading Refining Your Mondays
One of the wonderful possible side effects of anxiety is having some sort of sleeping problem. Of course it is different for each person; not everyone with anxiety has a sleeping problem, and not everyone with a sleeping problem has anxiety. Anyways, if you are one of those people that has a lot of issues… Continue reading Sleeping with Anxiety
Working remote, home-based, telecommuting - all of these terms for working from home has been increasing immensely since 2005, by 115% to be exact. About 3.9 million U.S. employees (2.9%) work from home at least half of the time. In the next ten years it is predicted that 38% of full time staff will be… Continue reading Working From Home and Mental Health
In my last post I mentioned one of the reasons I finally opened up about my dermatillomania (skin-picking disorder) was because I found the Picking Me Foundation (NFP). I decided to see what came up when I put dermatillomania in the search bar on Instagram - they were the first account to come up. Not… Continue reading Fiddle Pack!
What a mouthful that is, “dermatillomania”. Also, anything ending with “mania” just adds an extra sting to it if you ask me. So, what is it? You may be more familiar with its “sister” disorder, trichotillomania, which is pulling out one’s hair (it is common with eyelashes). Dermatillomania is a BFRB, which is an OCD… Continue reading What is Dermatillomania?
In my first post I mentioned I’ve been in and out of counseling and therapy since I was five or six years old. The terms counseling and therapy are used interchangeably a lot, but in case anyone is wondering the difference, thank WebMD: “Counseling focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person… Continue reading You’re in Therapy?
I have gone back and forth about writing a blog for years. I’ve probably written this in my head one thousand or more times already – not counting how many times I’m re-writing this now. A little bit about me - I’ve been in and out of counseling and therapy since I was five or… Continue reading Hello!