Disability, Mental Health, Mistrust of Psychiatrists but Trust in Mom: A Story about my Son

Tonight I’m not writing about my mental health, but rather my son’s. My older son has developmental disabilities and at times (like now) mental health problems. His diagnoses have included Asperger’s syndrome (no longer in the DSM), pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and depression. I think he has a learning…

Long Week, No TGIF

Friday.  I wake up, tired.I check email. There is feedback from one of the readers of our draft. She says the weakest part is one of the sections I wrote, the one I worked on late on Wednesday night. Well of course! I think, indignantly. It wasn’t even fully finished. And the content came changing.…

Other Times

I have decided that my depression is just a chronic condition, like my colleague’s lupus, or my father’s epilepsy. These conditions are never going to go away, only managed. And sometimes I’ll manage better than others times. These are the other times. Inside my head, I hear the same voices telling me over and over: I…

Du Bist Mein Liebster – A Few Reading and Blogging Favorites

Du bist mein Liebster means you are my favorite or my dearest. The Liebster Award is designed to recognize bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers (some versions say 200, some say 3000; there are varying opinions) and to introduce them to more readers. I want to thank Sandie from GettingrealwithPTSD for nominating me. Her blog addresses issues of mental…