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Pets

Nearly Free Anxiety Solutions For Your Dog

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. 

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Mental Illness

I Am Never Getting Better and That’s OK

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. 

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Mental Illness

Stigma

Content Warning: Discussions of suicide, self harm, and mental illness. I have made it another week.

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Gender

Life in Transition: 18 Months

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. 

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread Needs Distractions

How do you keep away the brain bats?

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny Stands With #Ferguson

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.)

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Crossposts

The Crybaby Syndrome

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 […]

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Pets

I’m Afraid of Parties and Soft Hugs

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 […]

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Pets

Medication For Anxiety Is Magic for Dogs, Too

Sometimes, even when you do everything to prevent it, your dog will develop a phobia. Or possibly an adult dog came to you with a phobia already well established. Counterconditioning and desensitization are invaluable for getting past these fears, but what if they’re not enough? That’s where medication can drastically improve the quality of life […]

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Mental Illness

Dissertations, Employment, and Other Terrifying Things

I am thinking about the future, which is not something I’m good at.

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Perspectives

Can We All Stop Saying “It Is What It Is”?

It has been brought to my attention that the usage of this phrase has become an epidemic for those that have lost all hope and feel there is nothing left to latch onto but what has already been established. And I am a firm believer that things don’t have to remain the way they are, […]

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Perspectives

Job Searching for the Anxiety-Stricken

If you know me, you know that I have multiple jobs. 4 jobs, to be exact. I have 2 part-time jobs and 2 freelance jobs. I’m also a full-time graduate student. Why I insist on taking on such a heavy workload is beyond me. Perhaps it’s the appeal of knowing that this load will make […]

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Perspectives

My Life in Burlesque: The Biggest B*tch of All

Insecurity, I hate you and I hate your ass face.

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Humor

10 Situations That Give Me Anxiety (But Are Totally Mundane in Nature)

I read an article recently on Thought Catalog about social situations that gave the author anxiety. I thought it was so hilarious and true to my own experiences, being that I’m also an inherently anxious person, that I had to write a list of my own.

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Mental Illness

This Isn’t a TV Show: Life as a Hoarder

You’ve probably heard someone say, “Oh my gosh, I’m such a hoarder” when their house is a little messy, but the reality of hoarding is a lot deeper than that.