I reside in Ontario, Canada, married over 30 years, never had children but do have one ‘spoiled’ dog named “Emma”.
Intense psychotherapy began in 1994 to deal with PTSD (childhood sexual abuse), which ultimately led to years of major depression, hospitalizations, ECT treatments and unemployment. During these years, I journaled daily, and thankfully I did as ECT robbed me of considerable long-term memory.
Those journals were of such assistance, I was able to compose articles to articulate and express all of the emotions felt in areas of my life that were explored in therapy. Writing has always been my passion.
I did return to work for about 6 years, however, presently life finds me again still struggling with bouts of depression, coupled with chronic migraines and unemployment.
At this moment, I still remain in therapy dealing with the sexual abuse from a neighbor when I was 6 years old, and especially the harmful emotional abuse from my narcissistic mother. Her hurtful words, lack of empathy and constant criticisms have had such an impact on my life. I’m attempting to figure out which abuse was worse.
This blog started in 2007. What exactly will you find while scrolling through these posts? Good question:
Posting articles in a “what comes to mind that day” or if I’ve come across an article relating to mental health that peaks my interest for further research. A variety of different topics, beautiful quotes, poetry, images and reblogging from other blogger’s amazing posts ~ just so it doesn’t become boring and repetitious.
Mental Health/Illness topics addressing: Stigma, PTSD, childhood sexual abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, narcissist parenting, narcissism, migraines or chronic pain, eating disorders, other mental illnesses, psychotherapy, or abuses. Also, personal articles about my own journey through depression, the healing process of PTSD and maternal narcissism with therapy etc..
With “Living in Stigma”, opportunities have come my way in the form of a series of articles on mental health on the website “Mind Your Mind”, and in 2011, I was interviewed via podcast on “Safe Space Radio” from Portland, USA on the topic of “Mental Illness Stigma“.
- Join me at another site: “Deb-Living in Stigma” which includes some postings from this blog, as well as, some other samples of my writings
- You can take a peek at some of my replies to questions asked on Quora.com.
Thanks for stopping by, if it wasn’t for all of you this blog wouldn’t be the success that it is with over 430,000 visitors.