Why I Do What I Do

There is a certain joy I get when I know I have helped someone.

Whether its through my experiences, advice, or my resources, I try to help people as much as I can. It’s instinct for me for me to help out a friend, someone I know, or even a stranger, if I know I have the ability to. Continue reading

How to help a friend with depression

This is a paper I wrote for an assignment for school. I thought I’d share it with you guys.

I was diagnosed with depression about five years ago. I take care of myself, take medication, see a counsellor weekly and set short-term and long-term goals for myself. With this, I am able to stay in control of my depression.

However, my depression can still take a turn for the worse. I have periods where Continue reading

24 Hour Sobriety Break

I had been sober since December. I had been sober for 190 days. For the past few weeks, I had been having a lot of triggers; friends drinking, stress from school, and the fact that it is common for writers to drink. My birthday was Saturday. I made the well-thought-out decision to put my sobriety on pause and drink for the day. I knew there were risks, and that’s why I talked to my counsellor the day before and told my friend to watch me and not let me go overboard.

When I went into the liquor store Friday afternoon, I had a mini anxiety attack. My vision Continue reading

Pride week!

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I realized I was bisexual a year ago, so I was 19. I felt like a torn and confused 10 year old, grabbing on to any help I could get. I felt like I had taken a steps backwards from figuring out my life. I felt like I was a whole different person and that I needed to adjust my life because of it. I had no idea what this meant for me, or what to do. I’m still not 100% comfortable because it’s still new to me, but I’m getting there. Thankfully, I had, and still have lots of support from friends and counselors.

This past week was pride week where I live. I feel like this past week has helped me Continue reading

I won’t be having wild nights out in 2025.

For the past couple years, it’s been a struggle finding clubs and other adult nightlife places that are wheelchair accessible. There are literally only two places near me, other than basic shopping malls and restaurants, where I can enjoy a night out; the casino and a dance club which is 20 minutes away from where I live, in a different city.

I never get to meet up with my friends when they are Continue reading

Anxiety Technique: Exposure

We naturally want to avoid the things or situations that make us anxious and/or uncomfortable. However, “the big problem with avoidance is that it keeps anxiety alive and well” (Roberts, Sylvia, & Reilly-Harrington, 2014).

I never avoid things/situations that make me anxious because I know if I do, I will sink Continue reading

Anxiety Technique: Rethinking the Usefulness of Worry

Worry is a big factor of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which is what I have. We worry about everything. School, sickness, time, friends, to name a few. We constantly are thinking, about everything. I honestly don’t know how we sleep at night.

“There are two general types of worries:

  1. Worries about current problems (for example, ‘what if I don’t have enough money to pay the bills?’, ‘what if I don’t finish my report on time?’, ‘what if my argument with my friend means we never speak again?’)
  2. Worries about hypothetical situations (for example, ‘what if the flight I’m taking next month crashes?’; ‘what if I get a serious disease when I’m older?’)”
    (Anxiety BC, n.d.)

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Anxiety Technique: Keeping an Anxiety Diary

Keeping an anxiety diary is important in a few ways. It can help with seeing your progress and how far you’ve come. It can also help as a reference to see how you’ve handled similar situations before. Also, you will be able to see if your anxiety is getting worse. That way, you can make changes to your lifestyle if you want.

To do this, make up a chart (or use mine that I attached) and include date Continue reading

Anxiety Technique: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is it?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used as a technique to help with many mental illnesses. It can be done with a specialist or on your own. “Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.” It can help you cope with specific thoughts or challenges (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2013a).

Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are closely related to Continue reading