Pushing Your Creative Boundaries

By Andrea Watson April 4, 2021 Here we are at the beginning of a second year of covid. Most of us are feral by now, life is completely turned upside down. Political turmoil rules the land. There are new rules, new norms. Some of us have been so immobilized by our depression that we canContinue reading “Pushing Your Creative Boundaries”

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Daylight Savings: Could it Possibly Suck Any More?

By Andrea Watson March 15, 2021 Yesterday I woke up, became thoroughly confused, heard my son tell me that the clocks changed and immediately went on a hunt to find out what day it was. I learned that I had woken up on Octember 42nd, 1872 and the time was precisely Reeeeeeeeeebraplahnarumphle. I was disheartenedContinue reading “Daylight Savings: Could it Possibly Suck Any More?”

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Poverty and Mental Health

By Andrea Watson March 14, 2021 It’s time for the stimulus package to roll out and most of us are super excited. Over the last year, while covid has run rampant, most of us have seen a decrease in our income. Even those people who are used to living comfortably have been dipped into theContinue reading “Poverty and Mental Health”

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On Using Psychoactive Substances to Treat Mental Illness

By Andrea Watson March 8, 2021 If this title rubs you the wrong way then you may not want to read this blog post. But I encourage you to do so anyway, because it’s something that’s actually already happening. Now before you flip out, I suggest you do some research. Either that, or just readContinue reading “On Using Psychoactive Substances to Treat Mental Illness”

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Getting Rid of Toxic People

By Andrea Watson February 26, 2021 We all know how to take care of our bodies, even if we don’t do it very well. We know we need to stop smoking and drinking (if we do), we know we need to eat right and exercise, and we also know not to put up with peopleContinue reading “Getting Rid of Toxic People”

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Growing up Neglected

By Andrea Watson February 24th, 2021 Many of us, especially from my generation, know what it is like to grow up neglected. Today I’m talking specifically about emotional neglect. Even though it is often seen as the same thing, emotional neglect is different than other types of neglect and abuse, because it is often doneContinue reading “Growing up Neglected”

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Psychosis

By Andrea Watson, February 13, 2021 We’ve all heard the word “psychotic” used in everyday language before. It’s a word that doesn’t get tossed around too often, but often enough that it is misunderstood. To be fair, many things in the world of psychology are misunderstood. Psychosis is a symptom of an underlying disorder. TheContinue reading “Psychosis”

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What is OCD?

Why saying “I’m a little OCD” is 100% wrong You may not like me after this. I’m going to get a little bit rough here. Have you ever been with someone and suddenly they reach over and “fix” something and then they look at you and say “Sorry, I’m just a little OCD about it.”?Continue reading “What is OCD?”

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Beyond the Edge

If you read my blog then you know I have a mental illness. My twenties were the roughest part of my life. I went through a divorce, losing my children, psychosis, giving up babies for adoption, and the emergence of a serious mental illness. It was hell. I attempted suicide several times. This is the story of the last time I ever tried to kill myself, and the road I had to take to come back from it. This is not a cry for help. This is not a plea for sympathy. This is not an attempt to seek recognition or attention of any kind other than to move the reader into an awareness of what types of things might go through the mind of a suicidal individual. It is an attempt to connect with those who suffer, and hopefully guide them away from the edge. This is not my normal sort of blog post. This is a stand-alone work that speaks for itself. It does not represent who I am or where I’m at today, only what I have endured in the past-truly a different life. I have moved on.

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