Working on Us, Week 6

On her blog, Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. The rules are below. This week, I... Continue Reading →

Done with PHP/IOP

As of yesterday, I am officially done with the partial hospitalization program/intensive outpatient program (PHP/IOP) I went to for approximately 7 weeks. Though I completed all of the paperwork, I wasn't actually discharged -- I discharged myself. I made the decision to discontinue going to Group about a week ago, though I'd been wanting to... Continue Reading →

A Day Off From PHP

Today I took the day off from going to PHP #4. I'm absolutely tired of and overwhelmed by it. The program is skills-based, which means the therapists teach us skills aimed at like, improving our outlook and tamping down anxiety. I've already used a few of the skills, myself. But the knowledge doesn't come easy.... Continue Reading →

PHP Week 5: Done

I'm sorry I haven't been around, blogging erratically, reading others' blogs whenever I have a minute -- which are few. I don't know how prolific I'll be after today; again, I'll probably be posting here and there. What's taking up my time so much? PHP 4. There are only 3 groups and lunch each day,... Continue Reading →

My Tantrum In Public, With My Husband

NOTE: This happened about 10 years ago. The cutest little quilted, racing-jacket-looking, pink, purple, and white handbag appeared on my laptop screen. . . . I can't even remember. Maybe on one of those "Sponsored" posts that are basically just ads on Facebook. Maybe on Coach's Facebook page. But that's not the point -- the... Continue Reading →

First Day of PHP #4

Don't worry -- I'm not going to write about how my day went at PHP every day for the duration of time I'm there. I only thought I'd discuss it today, since it was my first day, though I'll probably write a post about my first week. I'm not going to talk about other patients... Continue Reading →

IOP/PHP In-Take Interview

This morning, I had my in-take interview for an intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization program (IOP and PHP). My husband drove me. We hadn't been there before and didn't realize we had to park about half a block away. I wish I had known that  because then I wouldn't have worn leggings -- it was frigid, and... Continue Reading →


Thank you all for your support, love, and encouragement during what has been a difficult time. Much love to you all. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ As some of you know, I was in the emergency room on Friday, March 23, because I couldn't stop self-harming. I was there from 4:00 PM until about 6:30AM the next day, when... Continue Reading →

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