Talking About Depression

Depression is a common emotion that most people experience at some time in life.  Just like happiness or sadness, depression can come from an event or situation, and when the symptoms escalate, there is help.   Depression can cause weight loss, or gain.  It can create sleep issues, and affect work and relationships.  It can […]

Let It Be Enough

This weekend has been about reflection.  Sometimes we need to stop and think about what we want, who we are, and where we are going.  Other times, things get thrown in the mix and we have to stop and re-evaluate.  I work with people, most days, to help them be less critical of themselves, but […]

Making People Happy

The noblest art is that of making people happy. P. T. Barnum   After watching The Greatest Showman, I kept thinking about the movie.  It was interesting to think about how the circus got started, and how people who had been outcasts, found a place.  I know there is likely more to the story, and […]

Attachment Theory and Child Development

Early in my career, I wanted to work with kids.  I did my internship in foster care and adoption, and learned so much from my time there.  I worked with kids coming from horrible situations.  I saw families working toward adoption.  I went to court to relate progress, or lack there of, related to reunification […]

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival- Weekend 2

I am often in awe of people who have special gifts and can make gardens look amazing, and cook such wonderful creations that taste so scrumptious.  I enjoy cooking and baking, but I am no chef, or gourmet for that matter.  Baking is my favorite, but if I baked half as much as I would […]

Being Thankful

Being thankful means different things to different people.  For some, there is religious flavor to being thankful.  For others, it’s more spiritual.  We celebrate Thanksgiving, and I like to think that people take a moment to be thankful for their blessings, but for some it’s hard to be thankful when times are tough.  As we […]

Happiness Research

Have you ever googled happiness?  While researching for this article, I found lots of information about research being done on happiness.  It made me think of City Slickers, with Billy Crystal.  I liked this movie because he is seeking happiness, by going to a dude ranch with his friends.  They are herding cattle and chaos […]

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

Spring is around the corner, and the garden festival at EPCOT is finally in full bloom.  The festival opened on February 28th, and this first weekend of the festival was bustling with people and topiaries.  I love all the flowers and gardens, and I especially like that I can enjoy it, but I don’t have […]

How to Find Help

We have talked about finding a good therapist, but it’s worth talking about again.  I have now been involved in mental health for almost 25 years, and I have seen lots of things over the years.  There has been new diagnosis, misunderstood diagnosis, over used diagnosis, but it all boils down to the mental health […]

A Spoon Full of Sugar

In working with patients, sometimes it’s hard to convince them that things can get better.  When I work with people who have struggled for many years due to depression or anxiety, they don’t feel that things can get better and struggle to see things from a different perspective.  When you have financial problems, relationship issues, […]