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You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are (Even With Depression)

I often wonder if my efforts to keep myself mentally healthy are doing any good. I have long-term depression, and trying to recover from...

90% Of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Have Intrusive Thoughts. This Is What That Means.

90% of pregnant and postpartum women have unwanted “intrusive” and disturbing thoughts. But what are intrusive thoughts?   Intrusive thoughts were present in all of my...

I Don’t Need Your Permission to Take Medication For My Mental Health

There are certain topics where the general public feels entitled to share their opinion on, especially online. The decision to take medication for your...

My Biggest Fear is My Children Having Mental Illness Like I Do

Living with anxiety means living with fear. Fear about the future, fear about what others think of me, and now that I'm a parent,...

A Medicated Mom Is Better Than a Dead Mom

Some people think the worst thing in the world is needing medication for depression, anxiety, or other mental illness. But that’s NOT the worst thing. The worst...

True, Long Distance Friends Beat Fake Friends Any Day

People don't always see you. I struggled to accept this fact when I moved to a new city a few years ago. I already...

I’m Sending My Kids Back To School For My Own Mental Health

How can a person value one life above another? This is a question parents like me are being faced with as we decide whether...

Check On Your Friends Who Got a Pandemic Puppy. We Are Not OK.

"What the hell did we just do?!" I muttered under my breath as I wiped up the 10th puddle of pee for the day. The...

During One Of My Pregnancies I Wanted To Die. Prenatal Anxiety Nearly Broke Me

I knew something was really wrong when I couldn't stop thinking about my baby dying during my third pregnancy. I didn't know how to get help. When my doctor didn't listen, I realized I had to advocate for myself until I got an answer: prenatal anxiety.