A colorful but not bright drawing of a multilayered heart.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you have a strong drive to make others—family, co-workers, friends—feel better (helper syndrome)? Are you so used to taking care of others—putting their needs first, making them comfortable, ignoring yourself in the process—that you don’t even notice when someone offers to support you? Do compliments pass you by—you hear the words but just don’t […]

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A painting of a naked woman holding something like a rope above her.

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I started graduate school for my MSW, I remember thinking that it was time for me to change in myriad ways. The jig was up! I could no longer continue my unhealthy or self-sabotaging behaviors, or else everyone would find out that I was a fraud. The behaviors did not change overnight, so instead […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes According to all of the psychiatrists I’ve seen I have a mental illness. I’m not currently insane but I have been before which nonetheless makes me one of the crazy ones. Is this fair? I certainly didn’t think so when I was diagnosed as bipolar and seven years thereafter. Even now, although I’ve finally accepted […]

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