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Two Different Kinds of Happiness

My husband and I spent last week in Michigan at a family reunion on my mom’s side. We had such a great time, and even though it was stressful and a little chaotic at times, I am so glad that we were all able to be together for that one week. I hadn’t seen my…
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Managing Anger

I’ve been feeling angry lately. Not furious, just angry at the ‘voices’, at the people following me around, at anyone who doesn’t live up to my expectations, at how I think I’m being treated (unfairly at times) by my fellow Buddhist friends, at whoever I think is broadcasting my thoughts over the internet, and at…
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Ashley Smith & Embracing My Mind

Since I created this website two years ago, I’ve discovered a few other women who have a similar diagnosis and also have their own blogs. One of these women is Ashely Smith. Ashley Smith has a blog Overcoming Schizophrenia and has also created her own nonprofit organization dedicated to helping other people with mental illness. I…
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Memoir as Meaning and Value

I’m definitely making progress! I really feel like I am improving little by little in all areas of my life. I keep making an effort to get away from my old habits of shutting myself off from people and remaining silent. I force myself to talk to other people even if I don’t necessarily want…
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Building the Silver Lining

It was a bright, sunny afternoon when I decided to accompany my sister-in-law to one of the local NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations at the self-help center near where we lived. I was impressed by the courage of the two women who spoke. They shared the ups and downs of their lifelong struggle with…
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