Creative Self-Care

I got a tattoo recently: a black and white lit match about two inches long. You can find it on my left forearm, where I used to cut. The inspiration comes from the song "Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1" by the Mountain Goats. Here are the lyrics: Do every stupid thing that makes you feel … Continue reading Creative Self-Care

How to Help Someone with Self-Harm

The common mental health problem of self-harm is often dramatized and sensationalized to the point where people aren't sure what to even think about it. Therefore, many people deal with the self-harm of others in a way that's not constructive for anyone involved. If someone has come to you about their self-harm, the following is … Continue reading How to Help Someone with Self-Harm

The Ugly Bullet Journal: A Practical Organization System for Increased Mindfulness

I am a hot mess, but I used to be worse. A few years ago, I would miss the opportunity to renew my food stamps applications because I threw the notice on my desk and then just forgot about it, leaving me without food money for a month. I would miss work deadlines because I … Continue reading The Ugly Bullet Journal: A Practical Organization System for Increased Mindfulness

Why You’ve Never Heard of DBT

An Introduction to DBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy might sound like a mouthful, but the reality is actually pretty simple. DBT is an extension of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that teaches skills for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. DBT basically lists a selection of skills to use either habitually or during particularly emotional times, … Continue reading Why You’ve Never Heard of DBT

Going Away to College (When You Have Depression and/or Anxiety)

Understand that this is going to be a big life change. Even if it’s positive and you make lots of new friends and have a great time, it will still cause you stress, which can still trigger depression. Prepare for it just in case.Register with disability services. If you have a diagnosis, find out what … Continue reading Going Away to College (When You Have Depression and/or Anxiety)