Northwest Arizona. Mental Health. Social Issues.
Domestic Violence Survivor.
Future Sociologist & Sex Educator.
Surprisingly Feminist Horror Films
There's nothing on the Big Screen that I love more than a good horror film unless, it's a horror film where the girl doesn't die a victim.
This is What an Invisible Illness Looks Like
A Car Accident I've always suffered from migraines. When I say always, I mean since I was about 17 and I was in a major car accident (I'm 46 now). I was sitting at a red light, the third car back from the crosswalk, when I noticed in my rear view mirror that the car coming up behind me was not slowing down. Being the inexperienced driver that I was at that time, I tensed up my body and braced for impact. The guy slammed the car he was driving into the rear of my car so hard that I pushed the car in front of me into the car in front of it, sending it into the intersection. (I later found out that the woman in the car in front of me was coming from physical therapy that should had just had done on her neck, from a previous accident that broke her neck). I had an intense migraine, immediately after impact. I got the horrible whiplash and a concussion. I remember crawling from the bed to the bathroom during that first week. I was so dizzy that standing would make me sick. I ended up with a permanent migraine disorder and chronic tension & migraine headaches due to neck and shoulder injuries.
Parenting with a Diagnosis of SMI (Serious Mental Illness)
So, You’re a Parent Living with a Mental Illness. Now What? You can be a loving and successful parent, even when you're not well. One of the best things you can do for your children is to raise them to understand that no single human is perfect. Allow them to make mistakes without punishing them so much that they feel they must be perfect. They need to understand that they are human, and humans make mistakes, have problems, feelings, and emotions. Teach them to be sympathetic and empathetic little humans. They will grow up less judgmental of others and more understanding!
Art for a Healthy Mind
Why Is Art Important? About five years ago, I was going through a nasty depression (again). I am self-aware enough to recognize it and attempt to pull myself out. I picked up a pencil and tried drawing for the first time as an adult. I quickly learned that I wasn't very talented. There was a lot of trial and error. I went through a lot of erasers and paper. But I didn't give up. I drew every day. I slowly improved. More importantly, my self-confidence improved greatly as well as my self-esteem. Eventually, I started drawing on canvas. Then from there, I started painting with acrylic paint. I became so confident in my improvement that I started sharing my art with other people and actually sold a few pieces.
What Makes ME Qualified to Talk About Mental Health?
A Bad Experience at a Young Age You'll be surprised what might traumatize you. I vividly remember a horrible experience from when I was about 7 years old. It wouldn't be until I turned 22, and had 2 children, before I realized I had a problem due to this event.
Mentally Ill, Sexually Well
Over the years, I've had many negative emotions and experiences regarding sex. Here's a few ways I overcame those obstacles and created a healthier outlook on sex and relationships.
Self Advocate: Get That Second (or Third) Opinion
Why You Need A Professional Opinion We have so much information at our fingertips these days. I couldn't even begin to imagine, just how much of that information, is inaccurate or does not pertain to what could actually be the problem. This is why it is SO very important to seek professional help. I do not have a degree in psychology but, I do have many years of personal experience (as well as professional. I've been a Peer Support Specialist working with people who have SMIs, since 2013). There are many variables and overlapping symptoms that make it very easy to misdiagnose someone, even with education and knowledge.