Last week when I was nannying, I read part of the children’s novel Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary. I found the book to be sweet, spirited, and funny. She reminded a little of myself when I was younger. In one scene, Ramona’s class is making paper bag owls for back to school night. She… Read More Ramona Quimby, You’re Just like Me!
In season 4, episode 4,” Hannah attends a party with her classmates and insulted their personalities and their writing. I cringed when I watched the episode, but I understand her resentment towards being in a new school and feeling undervalued by her peers.Granted, I also understand that Hannah more than likely misunderstood her classmates’ intentions… Read More The Life Lessons I learn with my fictional friend, Hannah Horavitz.
Everyone loves to be reassured, especially when you’re uncertain about something, but reassurance can have its downsides. If you’re someone like me, who has OCD, reassurance can be enabling. In a previous post, I wrote about my fear of farting, which is funny and mortifying at the same time. The worst part about my farting… Read More Reassurance: Are you Sure I’m Okay?
Dear (H)omeless, I love you little dog, but you to have to stop defecating in the house, or the very least defecate on a pad. I understand you feel weird doing number 2 on the pad because that’s Gustav’s thing, but it’s less messy and germ spready. There are times I feel like returning you… Read More Dear (H)omeless: A Letter to my Lovely Dog
Dear Obsessions, You have been a burden to me since the age of 8 when you appeared after I saw a clip from Agnes of God. You haunted me throughout high school by telling me that farting will make me a social pariah. Actually, it was my excessive need for reassurance that drove close… Read More A Letter to My Obsessions
It’s natural for a person to feel scared when in danger, but what if flight or fight response stayed? What if the constant fear couldn’t go away? That’s when the anxiety turns into PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that came to light with military veterans, but it can result from a variety of… Read More Trauma on the Brain: PTSD