Coping Strategies When I've Forgotten to Take My Antidepressant

I woke up grumpy, irritable, and inexplicably angry. It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered that I had forgotten to take my antidepressant yesterday morning. I didn't realize until last night around dinner time. I took it then, but that was a whole 12 hours without it. My four-year-old daughter was whining a lot at breakfast, and just the sound of her voice grated on me. I had no patience for her or her brother. My face felt permanently set in a scowl....more

My Journey into and out of Silence

 Being silent is something that doesn't come easily to me. I'm always talking to someone, listening to music, or reading (Facebook, a novel, or live updates to a baseball game....more

Retreating into Silence

Tomorrow I'm going to an overnight silent retreat with my church. I did the church retreat a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it....more

My Dog is an Anti-Depressant

I'd read that owning a pet can improve mood, but it surprised me how quickly adopting our dog Maggie helped alleviate my depression....more

Maggie: Our Adoption Story

We quite suddenly adopted a dog two days ago. My husband was wary of me visiting the dog adoption clinics at a local pet store, and I assured him I wasn't ready for a dog....more

To My Son at the Start of 2nd Grade

 I got the idea to write a Back-to-school letter to my son Zach last year from ...more

Don't Give Up Yet, Just Wait

 I have thought about committing suicide many, many times over the last 20 years....more

The Catch-22 of Offering to Help

 I was elated that dropping my daughter off at her first day of Pre-K went smoothly....more
Still sitting in the Starbucks, I saw a woman pulling two roller bags yell at a man for trying ...more

Voices from BlogHer '14

When people ask me how BlogHer '14 was last week, I get speechless....more

What I'm Hoping to Get Out of BlogHer '14

 I'll be attending BlogHer '14 tomorrow and the day after. It will be my first blogging conference....more