I reside in Ontario, Canada, married over 35 years, never had children but do have one ‘spoiled’ dog named “Emma”.
Intense psychotherapy began in 1994 (at age 38) to deal with PTSD (childhood sexual abuse), which ultimately led to years of major depression, hospitalizations, ECT treatments and unemployment. Throughout 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 returned to work for about 6 years, however, presently life is still a struggle with bouts of depression, coupled with chronic migraines and unemployment.
At this moment, I remain in therapy dealing with the sexual abuse caused by 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 question which abuse was worse.
This blog started in 2007. What exactly will you find while you scroll through these posts? Good question:
I post articles in a “what comes to mind that day” or if I’ve discovered an editorial which relates to mental health that peaks my interest. A variety of various topics, beautiful poetry, quotes for inspiration, images and reblogging from other blogger’s incredible posts.
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”.
In 2011, I was interviewed via podcast on “Safe Space Radio” from Portland, USA on the topic of “Mental Illness Stigma“.
Invited as a “guest” to write various posts that relate to mental health on other sites.
- Join me at another site: “Deb-Living in Stigma” where I include some posts from this blog, as well as, a hodge-podge of other topics.
- You can take a peek at some of my replies to questions asked on Quora.com.
I also ventured into the world of writing children’s books. On Storybird.com, (my username is skyblue79) I’ve created a few children’s picture books and poems as a start, and thoroughly enjoy this unique form of writing.
Also, I’ve merged a blog launched in Feb/17 called “Lady with Migraines” (now closed) to connect with people, like myself with chronic migraines, who also suffer from chronic pain and invisible illnesses. I became aware that with some individuals it intertwines with feelings of depression, relates to feelings from PTSD, anxiety, stress etc. so decided that blog would be more advantageous merging with “Living in Stigma”.
Thanks for stopping by, if it wasn’t for all of you this blog wouldn’t be the success it is with over 444,000 visitors.