Daily Archives: April 17, 2019

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter O is for OCD


Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

Letter O is for OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder)

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What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized, repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you probably recognize that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational—but even so, you feel unable to resist them and break free.

Like a needle getting stuck on an old record, OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge. For example, you may check the stove 20 times to make sure it’s really turned off, or wash your hands until they’re scrubbed raw. While you don’t derive any sense of pleasure from performing these repetitive behaviors, they may offer some passing relief for the anxiety generated by the obsessive thoughts. You may try to avoid situations that trigger or worsen your symptoms or self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. But while it can seem like there’s no escaping your obsessions and compulsions, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself and regain control of your thoughts and actions.

Click here to see more of this article on OCD.

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I have someone in my life who is a narcissist. It is hard to deal with and to get away from them.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple – Weekly Prompt – 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Tossing Out the Trash

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Louis was walking down the street, wrapping his arms around himself to help keep out the cold. Night time comes early during this season. He starts to hurry towards home as his stomach rumbles for food and his nightly drink.

A plastic bag lands on his head and bounces off into a snow drift on the side of the road. Louis is angry and without thinking heads to the bag to determine what hit him. Tearing open the bag, Louis stares at the bloody contents. The bag contained a bloody arm, probably a small woman or child. His appetite vanished.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

100 Word Challenge – inspiration is you can’t use the letter D


100 Word Challenge : This week’s Challenge is brought to you by the letter – D. As in, while you write your 100 Words, you can’t use the letter D.

I am starting to write a memoir. Probably last week I was starting to research memoir books, plus write a few chapters basing it on my life. I have written other smaller bits, just placing them as non-fiction on my blog all along. Now I will not be placing the chapters on the blog since they are going in a book. A piece of non-fiction here or there is okay, just no complete chapters.

I have been working on remembering little bits of my life slowly, but surely. There’s a lot that is coming to my memory in bigger bits.

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AS FAR AS I KNOW THERE ARE NO D’S

Tara’s Rules

1) I provide a one-word prompt.
2) Write anything you want using that prompt, either as inspiration or as part of your 100 Words.(That means you don’t have to actually use the prompt word, it can be implied.)
3) Your story has to be EXACTLY 100 words (because someone will ask, hyphenated words count as a single word.) This is the one rule I will be a stickler about.
4) Submit your story here as a comment, as a Facebook status, or as a blog post. (Add the specific FB status or post’s URL to the Mr. Linky list just under the prompt.)
5) If you write a blog post, please link back to this post. It makes it easier for me and the other Wordsters to find you.
6) You have one week to write your story and link up (The link stays open, so you can really submit stories whenever… this is the one rule I don’t really enforce.)

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

One-Liner Wednesday – (4/17/19) – Memoir


One-Liner Wednesday – (4/17/19)

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Research and writing on the memoir (the story of part of my life) is moving along.

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Rules from Linda G Hill:

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Doing Housework With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Doing Housework With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This has some great ideas.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Ghosts You See? – a poem


Ghosts You See?

By Teresa Smeigh

 

I saw a ghost, I’m sure you see.

There are people who disagree.

My doctor says it cannot be.

Next thing I know, she hospitalized me.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Mother – a poem


Mother

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

I lost my mother almost six years ago.

What happened to her we do not know?

One day she was alive and talking to us.

The next she was no longer able to fuss.

She was alive, but there was no reaction.

There was no way to have interaction.

The cause of her death was never found.

There was no hope she’d come around.

A week, maybe two she laid in that bed.

Nothing we could do, nothing left unsaid.

She hung in there, waiting it seems.

We gave her permission to go on alone.

We even got our brother on the phone.

Finally, she was ready to leave us behind.

We wished her well, we had peace of mind.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com