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Expats and Depression: The Research

By Kristance Harlow | July 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
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My last blog post on depression and expats sparked some interesting discussions on LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the thread when I got pissed at my non-responding mouse and started clicking it like a madwoman. In my fury of clicks it responded, just to delete a very productive conversation. Thanks technology. I’m going to follow…

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Expats, Depression, and Honesty

By Kristance Harlow | July 8, 2014 | 7 Comments
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[dt_quote type=”pullquote” layout=”left” font_size=”big” animation=”none” size=”1″]Now it is 11am on the 16th. I barely slept. My anxiety is through the roof. My heart is racing, my head is in a nervous fog, my stomach is tied up in knots and I could throw up. I’m holding something in, but what? What is weighing so heavily…

The Scared Traveler, My Dirty Secret

By Kristance Harlow | January 29, 2014 | 5 Comments
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I write for a living. I write about myself and about the world. The façade I put on is that I do not fear self-analysis. I seem to be a person unafraid of being intimate with myself. That is my dirty secret. I continue to move and flee to all ends of the earth mostly…

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Become A Happier Person

By Kristance Harlow | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s the holiday season and the new year is upon us. The holidays are not always an easy time of year—many of us are missing loved ones, while others are struggling with mental illness that stand in the way of feeling happy.

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Domestic Abuse, It Happened To Me, It Can Happen To You

By Kristance Harlow | October 29, 2013 | 2 Comments
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I know surprisingly few people who would admit to having suffered abuse. Is it because we are ashamed? Because we blame ourselves? Because we’re scared?

Homesickness – Life On The Move

By Kristance Harlow | September 17, 2013 | 2 Comments
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I’m at the age now where everyone is having kids on purpose, at least three times a week someone I know on Facebook is getting engaged, and every weekend someone posts wedding pictures. Some people I know play bridesmaid in multiple weddings each summer, and my family and friends are all moving towards a life…

Candid Confessions: Silver Linings in Failure and Tragedy

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
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I’m sure you’ve read one or more of these: “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein “Everything happens for a reason.” – Marilyn Monroe “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama Feeling like nothing is going your way?…

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Spying, Journals, and Obsessive Habits: Three Reasons You Should Write

By Kristance Harlow | July 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
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My first journal, circa 1996 I have kept journals since I was a kid and Harriet the Spy came into my life, I read the book and watched the movie (about a dozen times). My first journal starts with “Kristance The Spy” on July 4, 1996. Wow, seventeen years ago! All of my handwritten journals from…

Family, Fires, and Gratitude: How 1 Year After My Dad Died, He Saved My Life

By Kristance Harlow | July 10, 2013 | 8 Comments
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Today my blog post is really personal, it’s a story that I need to tell and I haven’t known who to tell or even how to tell it, so I thought I’d start here with my readers. I hope it’s a story that can in some way inspire you to keep moving forward, no matter…

Medical Disorders: The Social Component

By Kristance Harlow | July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
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“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” [Jiddu Krisnamurti] Have you ever gone to the doctors having already self-diagnosed yourself? Do you ever find yourself suggesting which medication to go on to your doctor? Maybe you are very aware of your body and take control of your own…

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