Elizabeth: Under a Shadow

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 12, 2018 6:41:10 PM

I came to Anna Ogden Hall in May 2017, just so broken. I didn’t think I could get more broken. I was like no smile at all. I would cry all the time and triggers every five minutes. It was getting pretty ridiculous. I didn’t think this program was right for me at first. I would tell staff, “I don’t know. I think you got the wrong girl. I don’t have a substance addiction.”

My addiction was people pleasing. I became the queen of people pleasing, but even as I was pleasing and pleasing, it never felt good enough, and I was on this constant mission of trying to fix my family.

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The Paralyzing Nature of Anxiety

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Mar 2, 2017 9:56:00 AM

Editor’s note: Recently we’ve been talking about mental struggles on the Impact Blog. From insomnia to trauma and addiction, there are many struggles that can’t be seen externally but still pose problems for those who suffer from them. For some, mental illness can lead to broken relationships, lost jobs and homelessness. Millions of people, however, manage their struggle from day to day while others have no idea what’s going on inside.

By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing

“Sometimes anxiety feels like the world is ending and I can’t tell anybody. Sometimes it’s more like that feeling when your foot is just waking from being asleep and it’s not exactly painful but intensely uncomfortable and there’s nothing you can do to make it better, but mostly it’s like I drank a full pot of coffee on an empty stomach and am on a road trip: so much energy without an outlet, no escape, hopeless, helpless, powerless, just wanting everything to stop.” - Nora

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Having Someone to Love

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Mar 6, 2015 1:38:00 PM

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."

-1 Corinthians 13:1, 2

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Using psychodrama in recovery

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jan 3, 2014 5:25:00 PM

When I say “counseling,” what do you picture?

Most of us probably imagine two people in a quiet room, seated in comfortable chairs, talking. You’ve probably seen therapy pictured like that on TV or maybe you’ve experienced it personally. And it’s pretty accurate.

“Talk therapy” is a very common form of counseling in which people talk to counselors about their issues, problems, and dilemmas in hopes of gaining insight, awareness and understanding which will in turn help them make better choices with regard to their problems. This approach to therapy works fairly well for most problems:  job changes and other transitions, conflict resolution, anxiety and mood disorders, etc.  It tends to be less effective, however, when working with individuals who have experienced some form of trauma.

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