How I Manage My Manic Episodes

My husband is a great early detection system for me.  He usually can detect the subtle signs that I am on the verge of a manic episode.  It is a good way for me to prepare myself for the coming onslaught. I minimize my social responsibilities.  My husband takes over my social activities; he steers... Continue Reading →

Successful People

These successful people have all experienced depression or manic depression (bipolar disorder).  From the Bipolar Centre, McMaster University: Hans Christian Anderson Buzz Aldrin Rosanne IrvingBerlin Robert Burns Lord Byron Dick Cavett Winston Churchill Eric Clapton Leonard Cohen Charles Dickens Emily Dickenson Patty Duke T.S. Elliot F. Scott Fitzgerald Connie Francis Peter Gabriel Judy Garland Vincent... Continue Reading →

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 →

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