Sometimes your dog’s anxiety is serious and requires regular medication or professional training but if you’re just trying to get past a little pacing during specific events there are some cheap solutions you can try. Some of these could also supplement treatment for more serious anxiety. Read More Nearly Free Anxiety Solutions For Your Dog
I have come to realize recently that my struggles with mental health are always going to be there. I can’t magically make my depression, anxiety, and PTSD disappear. I can’t magically change my brain into a neurotypical one. Read More I Am Never Getting Better and That’s OK
Content Warning: Discussions of suicide, self harm, and mental illness.
I have made it another week. Read More Stigma
August 24th, 2013 marked the first day I went to work fully and wholly as myself. It has been 18 months since that fateful day. That day also marked the last time my parents saw me in person. Read More Life in Transition: 18 Months
How do you keep away the brain bats?
Ah, it’s a short week because of Thanksgiving, so there can’t be that much to talk about, right? Well… The relatively low amount of shit to report on was balanced out by how truly terrible a lot of it was. Sorry! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Stands With #Ferguson
This past year and a half I’ve allowed myself to be vulnerable, which, if you know me, it has been quite a difficult task. I’ve been successful in building an impenetrable wall all these years making it a laborious endeavor to puncture through. As I began to tear down that wall, a lot of goodness and positive energy seeped through, and I finally understood how it feels to unconditionally love and trust people. But with those feelings of happiness, also came a new level of anxiety and fear.
Most people have some sort of phobia. Maybe it’s snakes or spiders or heights or small spaces, but I don’t know anyone who isn’t irrationally nervous about something. I’m not particularly afraid of any of those things. Seeing a snake has me running for my state’s identification guide for reptiles and amphibians. I prefer high places and my cozy car interior makes my claustrophobic mother-in-law sweat. Spiders I could take or leave, so I mostly leave them when they set up shop around my house. What I am afraid of is something all too many of our pet dogs can relate to. Because it’s not a common human phobia, people have trouble relating and dealing appropriately with it. I loath and am driven to twitching, stuttering anxiety by parties and soft hugs. That is to say, I’m afraid of crowds and people with whom I’m not extremely close touching me. Come anthropomorphize with me, and let’s see how my first hand account of a recent wedding I attended can shed light on your dog’s reluctance to cuddle with strangers at a crowded park. Read More I’m Afraid of Parties and Soft Hugs