"Hello, Ann Marie and others. I too have a mood disorder and I'm on disability for now. But more time to write. I'm dedicating my book I'm working on to my therapist, because without her, I wouldn't be here to…"
"I wanted to join this group so that I could connect with other people living with mental illness. In my case I have a severe mood disorder which causes severe depression, isolation, and cuting. I cannot hold down a job, although for the…"
I am a woman in my early 30's. I have been in psychotherapy for nearly 7 years [Sep 2011] and have had many labels thrown at me.
This blog is about me and my feelings. Rather than to keep living life as a fragmented being, I have chosen to embrace all of that is me and have created a space for all such precious, inside diversity.
This blog is about giving feelings space, time and room to be heard.
For those interested reading about psychotherapy, integrating feelings and the odd lightbulb moment usually based in psychoanalytic theory, feel free to follow my blog. http://integratingfeelings.blogspot.com
Warning: For those not very familiar with attachment theory in psychotherapy, this blog might cause vomitus.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
No - it's not irreversible. Neglect and abuse (beginning in utero) alters the formation and structure of the brain - particularly in the amygdala, hippocampus, and pre-frontal cortex regions. That creates problems in emotional self regulation which in turn negatively impacts how we integrate information and how we form relationships for the rest of our lives. However - and this is the important part - the brain changes every moment of our lives (the process is called neuroplasticity) so the damage can be healed. It isn't easy and it isn't fast - but it doesn't involved processing your past till you puke and it works. Check out Dr. Bruce Perry at http://www.childtrauma.org for a quick overview. Also - check out anything by Dr. Daniel Siegel
You don't have to live with this pain - you can have a better life.
Canadian College of Counsellor and Psychotherapists license #1129
"After years of trying to pin myself down to a time or place, I've learned that my best time is whenever I can, whereever I can. As long as I can end a day with having done any writing, even if it's only a paragraph, I'm happy. I have…"
In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison,…See More