A mental health disorder is not the end

When I got my bipolar diagnosis at 21 years old I thought, “that’s it.” The only people I knew back then who had bipolar struggled through life. Most of them couldn’t keep a job. They had to be on disability benefits. They couldn’t live independently. They struggled with relationships. I had three friends who hadContinue reading “A mental health disorder is not the end”

Suicide Prevention

September is recognized annually as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide. A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury. Suicide is defined as death caused byContinue reading “Suicide Prevention”

Keys to a strong support network

None of us are perfect. Even when we know what we ought to do, we don’t always follow the rules. It’s when we know the rules, but consistently ignore them, that things start to fall apart. This is most important when it comes to the people in our lives. When a person has a mentalContinue reading “Keys to a strong support network”

What is Mania?

REMINDER – I am not a mental health professional! My posts on this subject are based on my own experiences and information gained from years of therapy and personal research. The general description of bipolar disorder is that it is a mental health condition that causes extreme episodic mood swings that include emotional lows (depression)Continue reading “What is Mania?”