Bloggers Recognition Award!

Thank you so much to Sarah from Bipolar Bytes, for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I just started this blog 21 days ago, and it's been an incredible ride so far. I'm still just so geeked to be here! Thanks for letting me be a part of the party. Bloggers Recognition Award The purpose of this award … Continue reading Bloggers Recognition Award!

#LoveMe Challenge Day 11: Share a Smile

Share a Smile: I'm having difficulty figuring out what to share here, because most of the things that make me smile are photographs and such that I can't share on here, if I am to maintain anonymity. But I think I've figured it out. I recently watched the movie Hook with my kiddo, which I … Continue reading #LoveMe Challenge Day 11: Share a Smile

“I Wish I Could Have…” On Mathematics and Motivation

"I wish I could have..." I found this thought drifting through my head today, in regards to missing out on my education because I had inadequate support/understanding/treatment for my mental illness. I was talking to the sub about mathematics, until he glazed over because I had traveled out of his interest/knowledge area about it. I … Continue reading “I Wish I Could Have…” On Mathematics and Motivation

On Dissociation and Multiple Identities: In Reference to “Paige”

I made a post the other day entitled Paige. Well, Paige did. I'll try to ease you in here. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder. It is more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, which is still a misnomer, but can at least give you a basic framework. I went through severe trauma as a child. … Continue reading On Dissociation and Multiple Identities: In Reference to “Paige”

An Open Letter To A Person With Mental Illness

Thank you so much for posting this.


Dear Person With Mental Illness,

You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.

You are not damaged. You are WHOLE, regardless of having a mental illness. I like you the way you are. I wouldn’t change you. I see you differently than you see yourself. I am not afraid of you or your illness… I am amazed by you. I am amazed by your courage, willpower, gifts and talents. I accept you, and your worlds of light and darkness.

Some people just have a “neighborhood” in their mind and they never get lost. You have endless terrain to explore, but sometimes you take a wrong turn and can’t find your way home. I love your vast landscape and remember… we can make you…

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Private Vs. Secret

This was incredible. Thank you.

Gender Blog by Darlene Tando, LCSW


When it comes to disclosing one’s transgender status, I encourage my clients to think about it in terms of PRIVATE or SECRET. Some people are more private in general than others. Some people will tell others pretty much everything about their lives, while others try to keep most things private. Both are ok, as long as the individual is the one doing the deciding about what to keep private and what to share. Just as most things land on a spectrum, so does one’s feelings about exactly how private being transgender is. Some are “out and proud”, being the first in line to wave the transgender flag in the Trans* Pride parade. Others, on the other end of the spectrum, guard it like a deep, dark secret; one they feel could devastate them if others were to find out.

In my opinion, one can land on this spectrum based on…

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