Psyched Up

It took everything in me to tell my mother that I wanted to see a counselor. She was new to the profession, young. She had been in my sister's graduating class. This, mixed with her clean-cut, fashionable, and preppy appearance made me uncomfortable. I could meet her in town at the Mercy building. I parked... Continue Reading →


I started the diagnostic process in October of 2020 and received my report in January of 2022. I am officially diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Depression and "Autism - Rule Out" with the recommendations of Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and possible psychiatric consultation to help with medication that will work with my seizures to help... Continue Reading →


Lexapro. Klonopin. Prozac. Paxil. Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? Not At All, Several Days, Over Half the Days, Nearly Every Day? Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge? Not being able to stop or control worrying? Worrying too much about different things? Trouble relaxing? Being so... Continue Reading →

Do you have Asperger’s?

I was twenty-four and working at a before and after school program when I met Emily. The very tall, smart, and sweet fifth grade girl, her blonde hair pulled back neatly into a ponytail, sat at a tattered table, eating snack and reading her recently assigned book. Looking up at me, she smiled and showed... Continue Reading →

The Safe Ones

Are you safe?Can I be seen?Can I speak?Is it okay if I risk being myself? If I'm frustrated, will you roll your eyes? Will you tell me I’m making a big deal of nothing? Will you say I’m being silly? If I’m upset, will you see a complainer? Will you look down on me for... Continue Reading →

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