Ask Liz! It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?

“It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?” -Anonymous   Dearest Anonymous, Thank you for submitting your question. I’m so sorry to hear you’re dealing with this! It’s … Continue reading Ask Liz! It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?

Ask Liz! Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?

“Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?” -Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Thank you for submitting your question! If you’re feeling unwell, it’s probably best to flake. You don’t really want to get others sick-but are you feeling sick from a sickness or your anxiety? One thing my therapist has mentioned is whether my anxiety … Continue reading Ask Liz! Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?

Ask Liz! Mental Health and Treatment

“What do I do to support a friend who’s severely mentally ill, but won’t pursue any treatment?” -Anonymous Dear Anonymous, This is a really tough situation to be in unfortunately. One I’ve struggled with when working in the social work field. Unfortunately there isn’t really much you can do in getting them to do any sort of treatment. If they don’t want to pursue treatment they … Continue reading Ask Liz! Mental Health and Treatment

Ask Liz: Abusive Relationships

TRIGGER WARNING DISCUSSING ABUSE IN RELATIONSHIPS “How do i know I’m in an abusive relationship if they’re not hitting me?”-Anonymous Dearest Anonymous, What makes you think you’re in an abusive relationship? This is a question only you can answer as you already seem to know it. Here’s a little bit of help to get you started in answering that question. There are many different types of … Continue reading Ask Liz: Abusive Relationships

Ask Liz: Cannabis and Mental Health

“cannabis is it ok for treating mental health?” -Anonymous Dearest Anonymous, This is a really good question and one I’ve often debated for myself. According to this article from the Times in 2016, there haven’t been many studies involving the therapeutic uses of marijuana. Later on, in the article, it states that cannabis would be beneficial for people with “depression, social anxiety, and PTSD, though it … Continue reading Ask Liz: Cannabis and Mental Health

Ask Liz: Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Seasonal depression. Why is it a thing?!!!” -Anonymous Dearest Anonymous, Thanks so much for your question! Seasonal depression aka seasonal affective disorder or SAD (ironic right?!) is definitely super annoying and super common! It tends to happen to us Mainahs more often because of our location, since we’re further away from the equator. During the winter months, we have decreased sunlight as well as longer … Continue reading Ask Liz: Seasonal Affective Disorder