The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Why Negative Space? My name is Sunshine, with a site title like Negative Space this already sounds like the two oppose each other. In 2016, I developed a condition after experiencing a seizure which has left me with New Persistent Daily Headache. This is a fancy way of saying that I... Continue Reading →

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Let’s Talk About Stigma

For thousands of years, people with symptoms of mental illness have endured persecution, up to and including death. Horrifying abuse and mistreatment in asylums and hospitals. Painful and flat-out torture treatments (electroshock therapy and lobotomies were most definitely a thing). When we look at the current climate today we have come such a long way.... Continue Reading →

Confrontation Is Not A Bad Thing

Having a voice is our greatest gift and most powerful weapon. It can be used to build incredible structures of compassion or tear someone down to the core. It’s how we communicate with the world. It is how we form our relationships with people. It's how we share ideas, thought, and feelings. Often we misuse... Continue Reading →

What to Expect in Therapy

When I first started my psychiatric journey, I had a lot of misconceptions surrounding talk therapy. A webpage from Behavioral Tech, A Linehan Institute Training Company, (which I will also link in the Books and Resources tab on this website) defines DBT Therapy as, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha... Continue Reading →

Essential Oil Therapy

In my quest to find relief from my chronic pain and illnesses, something that was recommended time and time again to me was essential oils. I can tell you that essential oils are great, and although it doesn’t provide long-lasting relief from my pain, there are uses for them that I have felt a great... Continue Reading →

Self-Talk: The Most Important Coping Skill

When it comes to mental illness, especially anxiety and depression, people will give you all kinds of ideas for coping with it. Believe me, I have heard it all. “Have you tried essential oils?” “Have you tried going vegan?” “are you eating healthy?” “what about yoga?” and the list goes on and on...and on. Don’t... Continue Reading →

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