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Could Chaos be Your Motivator?

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Chaos Chaotic Brain Depression manic depression Manic Monday Mental Health PTSD Sadness

Could Chaos be Your Motivator?

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche If you are anything like me, sometimes, your brain gets completely out of control and throws you into a tailspin of worry and doubt which then leads to several days of depressive thoughts and a really bad mindset.  I've heard that some people actually like chaos and that they live for it. I am not that person. However, I have found recently that my mind, in fact, can be chaotic. I would say this is about the 4th time I...

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When Sadness Speaks

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Depression manic depression Medication Mental Health PTSD Sadness

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it...” ~Nicholas Sparks I've been blogging and doing some podcasts lately about me coming off all medication. No more anti-depressants. This is my fourth attempt and hoping final attempt. You can see my last post about the difficulties I have had with it here http://bit.ly/2n4EFK5  One of the things I hated about taking medication is that it made me completely apathetic. I don't think I ever even realized the meaning of the word until I started taking Wellbutrin. There were countless times my teenage daughters would be...

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To Medicate or Not Medicate, THAT is the Question!

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Depression manic depression Medication Mental Health PTSD Sadness

“Surviving isn't around us, but in us.” ~Shannon Alder I wish I could remember the exact date I stopped taking my anti-depressants. I know it has been somewhere between 4 - 5 months total. This is my fourth time attempting this over the past 4 years. So I guess I try it once a year roughly. The first 8-10 weeks or so are always fantastic! Everything goes so smoothly and I feel fine for the most part. I did a podcast where I talk about coming off medication and you can listen to it here, http://bit.ly/2nldASf . Week 12 comes along...

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Manic Monday Hiatus

Kelley McElreath Depression Manic Manic Monday Mental Health PTSD Sadness

Manic Monday Hiatus

I feel like I have hit a wall...

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Closets bore me...so I'm coming out!!

Kelley McElreath affairs Anxiety cheating church Depression fundamentalists infidelity Isolation lies man haters Mental Health pastors preachers PTSD

Closets bore me...so I'm coming out!!

Closets bore me...so I'm coming out!! I apologize for the delay in getting this post out. I have been busy and haven't had time to blog. The editor of my book isn't going to work out after all and so alas I have lost 3 months of editing time that I could've been working on the book myself and there is no way my book will be published this year.  Every Monday, at 10:00 am CST, I do a live FB video called, "Manic Monday" on facebook.com/thesurvivorcoach. I recently heard that 64% of people hate Mondays. I'm definitely in that...

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