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Woah, We’re Halfway There

Last week I passed the halfway point in my NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment, so I thought I’d give you an update. I’ve noticed improvement in how I feel, my energy level, and my ability to focus. For example, before I began treatment, I’d make sure I did all my pet chores (feed, walk … Continue reading

Walking Toward the Light

When wading hip-deep through the Swamp of Depression, I thought I was just hurting on the inside. Now that I’m exiting the swamp, I can see a panoramic view of my depression. This morning I saw a photo of me during a recent volunteer activity for a political candidate, and I saw my physical size … Continue reading

My Constant Companion

Last Saturday I took my car through the car wash. Afterward I vacuumed and wiped down the interior. So what? So that’s the first time I’d done that in several months, even though I’d wanted to. I’ve wanted to write blog posts. Clean my apartment. Do laundry. I’ve wanted to feel better. Depression is insidious … Continue reading

Today is World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.  The World Health Organization defines Mental health as “…a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. According to the … Continue reading

1825 Children Every Day

Every 47 seconds in the United States, a child is confirmed to have been abused or neglected; 80% of those children are victims of neglect. Infants and toddlers are most likely to be victims of abuse or neglect. Nearly 40% of those victims will receive no post-investigative services or support. (Children’s Legal Defense Fund’s 2014 … Continue reading

Animal Hoarders and their Enablers: An Interview with John Doppler Schiff

John Doppler Schiff. Know the name? You would if you were a hoarder or a breeder. You see, John Doppler Schiff is one of the people behind CaboodleRanch.net, a website devoted to profiling the cruelty behind the Caboodle Ranch Cat Rescue Sanctuary. Caboodle Ranch was raided in 2012 after years of people voicing concerns about … Continue reading

Are You Enabling a Hoarder?

I have been reading a report issued by the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC) that addresses the problem of animal hoarding and suggests a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the problem. One thing that strikes me is that many hoarders are posing as rescuers. And one of the reasons why these people are able … Continue reading

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