"I Was A Child With Undiagnosed OCD"

"I Was A Child With Undiagnosed OCD"

I would say this to each and every bite of food that I took. I was 5 years old. Eating meals was stressful. I believed my food was scared and I didn’t want to cause it harm, so I needed to reassure each bite that it would be safe inside my tummy.

6 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

6 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

Easter Sunday is approaching, and regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, Easter and spring in general are all about rebirth. You may still find significance in Easter if you don't originate from (or no longer identify with) a religious tradition that celebrates the occasion. 

Spring Cleansing

Spring Cleansing

Spring is a time for clearing out what no longer serves you. As the sun feels like a nice interruption, Spring is full of change: color, smells, texture. A time of creation and preparation. If you are feeling overwhelmed, fearful or anxious, the symbolism of Spring is perfect for you!

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part II

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part II

When I imagine Seuss writing, I picture him enjoying the art - flowed out of him. It was not forced. But, until I was in my late thirties, that concept evaded me. Self-compassion was not winning.

To the Person Who is Fearful of Medications

To the Person Who is Fearful of Medications

By Brianna Riddlebarger

“I know that I need help, but…I don’t want to take medications” 

This is a very, very common phrase communicated by individuals who know there’s something that’s not working, but are afraid of what the interventions may be.

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part I

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part I

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Happy Birthday by Dr. Seuss

Life During Change by Brianna Riddlebarger

Life During Change by Brianna Riddlebarger

Perhaps the most common statement you hear about the year 2020 was how quickly the year passed. There's no doubt that when life is filled with rapid change in a short amount of time, the concept of time becomes lost.

Life After Death by Narges Maududi

Life After Death by Narges Maududi

Death and loss are not unfamiliar to Narges. Narges was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and experienced her first loss at three months old when her father was imprisoned and later understood to have been killed during the Russian Invasion in 1979.

Life After Depression by Britten Devereux

Life After Depression by Britten Devereux

Sometimes it’s helpful to share a personal experience about healing to widen the lens for others to see the possibilities. As we approach Spring 2022 on Sunday, March 20, we hope that learning more about each of the founding members of Pacific Solstice will give you the encouragement you need. 

What is Emotional Abuse and How to Survive It (2/2)

What is Emotional Abuse and How to Survive It (2/2)

If you're not sure if you're in an abusive relationship, examine how you feel when you chat with others around you, as well as how you feel when you meet and engage with specific individuals and friends in your life - if speaking or meeting with someone makes you feel disheartened, wounded, misunderstood, sad, or worthless, you are most certainly a victim of emotional abuse.

4 Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

4 Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

There is of course physical evidence that can clearly indicate that someone is suffering with an eating disorder, but not in every single case. The biggest misconception about eating disorders is that they are directly related to food, vanity, or an adolescent stage of expression.

Thank YOU!

Thank YOU!

To every patient and family who put their trust in us. Happy New Year! Everyone of you inspires us to be the best that we can as providers and humans, thank you. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to know you so personally.