My Mortal Enemy: Four Nut Muesli (Or, What OCD Really Looks Like)

I haven’t written about my OCD a lot because, until last September, I didn’t even officially know I had OCD. That’s because, as my psychiatrist put it: “It’s hard to tell where one of your anxiety disorders end and the others begin.” However, once I finally got diagnosed, so many things made sense – one of them being this next (poorly illustrated!) story I’m about to tell you. Continue reading “My Mortal Enemy: Four Nut Muesli (Or, What OCD Really Looks Like)”

To All The Dogs I’ve Loved Before: How Dogs Help With Anxiety

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Me with Boomer, my first dog friend, circa 1993

When I was around a year old, my parents went away to the cottage with my mom’s siblings. There, I got to spend a week away with my first ever dog BFF – my aunt and uncle’s dog. After that, my poor parent’s realized what they were dealing with.  Continue reading “To All The Dogs I’ve Loved Before: How Dogs Help With Anxiety”

How Can I be More Independent? Taking One Step Forward.

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I have written quite a few posts about losing/gaining/reclaiming/figuring out my independence. This is not a new trend for me – the first post I wrote about this was back in April of 2014! After reading that post, I realized something pretty crappy. I have regressed. A lot.  Continue reading “How Can I be More Independent? Taking One Step Forward.”

Let’s Talk About: People-Pleasing Anxiety

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I always thought of myself as someone who ‘didn’t care what people think’ (yes, yes, cliché, I know). In reality, everyone cares what people think in one way or another. But because I don’t really care what people think of my clothes or my crazy, tangled bed-head, and I don’t care when I leave the house without make-up, or when servers still literally offer me a child’s menu on a regular basis on restaurants, I thought I was ‘immune’ to caring.  Continue reading “Let’s Talk About: People-Pleasing Anxiety”

The Rash: Dealing With Two Weeks Of Panic

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Three weeks ago, we moved into our new home. Overall, the process was surprisingly easy for me. I usually hate change – even good change, but this was a much-needed change, and I embraced it the best I could. I already feel like my home is, well, home. I’ve adjusted far better than I thought I would, and yet, here we are. Two weeks of panic. All because of a rash.  Continue reading “The Rash: Dealing With Two Weeks Of Panic”

Dear Young Me: Letters To My Past Self (#6)

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Dear twenty-one year old Lauren,

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Do you know what’s happening in this picture? Aside from the panic attack you are not-so-obviously having, you’re on one of your very first dates with your future husband. I don’t really know why the two of you thought it would be a good idea to take a picture together immediately, but I guess it all worked out, didn’t it?

Continue reading “Dear Young Me: Letters To My Past Self (#6)”

What Is Emetophobia? Learn About The Phobia Of Vomiting

What is emetophobia? The Phobia of Vomiting

What is emetophobia? Emetophobia is the phobia of vomiting. I was diagnosed with severe emetophobia at just 8 years old – so yeah, I have a lot of experience with this often debilitating phobia. Although there is SO much more information about emetophobia now than there used to be (there’s even a Buzzfeed article on it! Like, what!), it is still a relatively unknown disorder.

Since I talk about my experience with emetophobia so often on my blog, I thought I would create a “what is emetophobia” resource page in case any of my new readers don’t really know what I’m talking about.  Continue reading “What Is Emetophobia? Learn About The Phobia Of Vomiting”