Author Archives: Sarah Vander Schaaff

#WriteOnSarah: A Holiday Transformation

Brown paper covered the door to what was once my dermatologists’ office. Ever since the practice moved to a new location several blocks away, the second-story office sat dormant. No light. No visitors. No indication of who or what would move in next. I had a steady awareness of what was, or what was not, […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Post-Election Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s a worry about what might happen. A worry about the future. The best way to manage these fears is to stay grounded in the present moment. I have spent the past few years working on my relationship with anxiety and here’s the good news: it doesn’t matter what the worry is about, the […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Cracked, but Not Broken: 5 Lessons from Kevin Hines

Suicide prevention does not take a break now that it’s “Depression Awareness Month.” In fact, as mental health advocate Kevin Hines reminds us, there are thousands of reasons to think of suicide prevention in the context of depression. It was depression, and other symptoms of bipolar disorder including paranoia and mania, that led Hines to […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Suicide Prevention and #BeThe1To

This month, the entire country is focused on suicide prevention. But as the theme “Be The One To” (#BeThe1To) indicates, this is about one person at a time making a difference in someone’s life. What I love so much about this campaign is that it asks us to relate to one another with open eyes […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Heading Off To College With The Wrong Diagnosis

When Tess Kaytmaz left for college, she took with her a long history of therapy and a diagnosis of ADHD, a label and identity the adults in her life had given her, despite her sense that they’d gotten it all wrong. Growing up with the disconnection between a diagnosis and what she felt inside sent […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Vacation from Anxiety

Sarah Vander Schaaff is a writer, blogger and a mother of two from New Jersey, who has struggled with Obsessive-compulsive disorder for as long as she can remember. Her courageous column in the Washington Post (“Obsessive –compulsive disorder nearly ruined her life”, January 4th) received international attention for its honesty and openness. This is the first blog […]

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#WriteOnSarah: When Labor is the Scariest Day of Your Life – The NICU and PTSD

This month, as we look at PTSD, I wanted to include the trauma and recovery that is part of motherhood, especially for women who experience premature labor or have a high-risk pregnancy and delivery.

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#WriteOnSarah: Children, PTSD and Another Act of Terrorism

After Sunday’s mass shooting, which is being called the most deadly of its kind in our country’s history, most of us are the parameters of trauma. We watch, we read, we listen, and we may, or may not, know someone whose life was ended or forever changed by the act of terrorism in Orlando.

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#WriteOnSarah: Mental Illness in Children – Invisible Until You Look

Sarah Vander Schaaff is a writer, blogger and a mother of two from New Jersey, who has struggled with Obsessive-compulsive disorder for as long as she can remember. Her courageous column in the Washington Post (“Obsessive –compulsive disorder nearly ruined her life”, January 4th) received international attention for its honesty and openness. This is the […]

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#WriteOnSarah: One Sunday in May is not Enough

I find it interesting that Mother’s Day falls in Mental Health Awareness Month. If you look at the popular gifts we give to mothers –sleeping late, breakfast in bed, massages, and bouquets of flowers–you get the idea that we’re generally an exhausted and stressed out group.

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