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”

With a little help from my friends…

“What can I do to help?” “Have you tried doing x/y/z?” My friends are coming from a place of love and concern and genuine care for how I am doing. But those question are huge triggers for me. How can I tell people who are only trying to help that what they’re doing is onlyContinue reading “With a little help from my friends…”

“What meds are you on?”

“What meds are you on?” I am pretty sure that every person with a mental illness has had THIS CONVERSATION at least once when they sit down with another person with a mental illness. By the time that conversation comes about we’ve all learned that there is no one magic pill to cure mental illness.Continue reading ““What meds are you on?””

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”

My difficulties in recognizing hypomanic red flags

The symptoms of mania are identifiable as being a serious change from the way a person normally thinks and acts. feeling overly upbeat, jumpy, or wired. having a decreased need for sleep talking very fast, often with racing thoughts feeling extremely restless or impulsive becoming easily distracted exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria) engagingContinue reading “My difficulties in recognizing hypomanic red flags”

Talking about depression

I’ve been working on something else to post this Friday, as scheduled. But I got to thinking about depression yesterday. The thoughts started pouring out of me, so I felt I’d share it now rather than waiting to post it on a schedule. This one may not be as carefully written (and the associated imageContinue reading “Talking about depression”