I realize it’s ironic that I’m posting this now, considering I had a meltdown last week, but since I’d written it a while back, here it is. The difference between reacting and responding is that reacting to a stressful situation is based on emotion, while responding is based on reason. I believe my newfound ability to… Read More Reacting vs. Responding
As I mentioned in my previous post, I get derailed easily if my strict daily/weekly routine changes. I said that the biggest thing that gets me off track is when my husband gets sick. Well, he was sick with a bad cold last week, and it felt like my world came to an end, especially… Read More My Meltdown Last Week
My life — that is, my days and weeks, is really structured. I go to physical therapy once a week (it used to be twice), go to the salon once a week (alternating services each time), and go to therapy once a week. Each of those appointments are on the same day each week and… Read More Self-Care: Structure
NOTE: As mentioned on my About page, I don’t advocate for or against ECT. I’m just sharing my personal experience. I wrote a post about the outpatient ECT procedure here. I stopped ECT treatment this past March because for the first time, it didn’t seem like it was working, but was still affecting my memory.… Read More ECT & My Memory
Throwback Thursdays feature relevant posts (of about 20) from a private, online journal I kept last fall. They chronicle my time during a depressive episode, which led to another round of ECT. You’ll read firsthand what that was like for me. The entries are slightly edited for clarity, and with regard to anonymity. Also, I describe… Read More Throwback Thursday #15: Maintenance ECT
I don’t usually post twice in one day, but since my blog now has a new look, I decided that it needs a new title. I know, I know — I’ve already changed the title once before, but “Barb’s Blog: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety” is just way too long. So from now on,… Read More The Blog’s New Title!
A few years back, I went to an intro yoga class that was held once a week for 4 weeks. Because of my anxiety, I couldn’t believe that I actually went to all of the classes! But when it came to going to an actual, non-intro class, I went to maybe 3. At first, it… Read More Yoga & My Anxiety