Bipolar Blood Donation

After writing “Just a Thought” I was haunted by the question as to whether or not I could actually give blood. All these years I had just assumed, like the character in the story, that I was too riddled with medications to even consider the idea. But, I felt an increasing responsibility to my readers... Continue Reading →

Children with Bipolar Disorder

"Early intervention and treatment offers the best chance for children with bipolar disorder to achieve stability, gain the best possible level of wellness, and grow up to enjoy their gifts and build upon their strengths. Proper treatment can minimize the adverse effects of the illness on their lives and the lives of those who love... Continue Reading →

On A Scale From One To Ten

If you wish to skip the narrative, jump the first two paragraphs and you will get to the explanation of The Scale Of One To Ten with their definitions. I would lie curled up on my hospital bed in a fetal position squeezing my legs tightly against my chest so hard I could barely breath... Continue Reading →

My Speech at Mental Health Forum

Good evening.  Before I begin my speech tonight I would like to first express my deep appreciation to each and every one of you for your attendance at this forum.  Your community much needed support, hope for a brighter future, and presence here sends a powerful message to the people coping with mental illness in... Continue Reading →

What An Illness Journal Can Be/Do For You

Clarifies One’s Thoughts Stimulates Personal Growth Displays Negative And Positive Patterns In One’s Life/Relationships Alleviates Stress Allows One New Perspectives On Issues For Better Decision Making Enhances Self Knowledge Vents Pent Up Emotions Forces One To Think Issues Through Step by Step Eases Decision Making/Improves Problem Solving Exorcises One’s Demons (So To Speak) Gives One... Continue Reading →

What To Include In An Illness Journal

Here is a list of things a person may wish to include in his/her illness journal:  Medication Chart Social Safety Net Current Medical Information (Doctor’s and Specialist’s Information, Appointments, Names and Contact Numbers of Mental Health Providers, etc.) Entries about daily dealings with one’s illness and how one copes Journal anything one learns about one’s... Continue Reading →

What An Illness Journal Should Not Be

A journal should not be a source of angst or stress.  When using a journal a person should not feel intimidation or inadequacy about his/her abilities in penmanship, grammar, literacy, or his/her adeptness at writing (the turn of a phrase).  A person should not believe a journal is a grand theatrical stage with which to portray his/her... Continue Reading →

Illness Journaling

It has been suggested by a multiple of studies and numerous psychiatric health professionals that illness journaling, or journaling in general, can be an extremely positive and therapeutic process for a mentally ailing person.  A journal can, it has been found in these studies, be a valuable guide in steering an emotionally plagued person towards the... Continue Reading →

Holiday Horrors – Dealing with the Holidays

The holidays, they are fast approaching; bringing with them hoards of estranged relatives, expenses you cannot bear, and far too many opportunities for a person to overindulge in intoxicating substances and all around stupid behavior.  This time of year can send even the most stable of us teetering on the edge of sanity. So, how can a... Continue Reading →

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