It often feels as if my Bipolar Disorder is just one more relationship in my life; a being separate from myself but like a significant other who I speak to everyday. No one can make me mad or push my buttons quite the way my illness can, so she definitely feels like a spouse. However, some days I feel like she is a foreign creature, scowling at me...
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July 16, 2014
Several women sat in straight rows at the church waiting for the meeting to begin. My friend, Joann, introduced me, “We just had to ask Patricia to come and speak with us tonight because she is so experienced in depression.” This brought a chuckle to the group as I stood to share my story.My first dysfunctional depression hit when I...
July 15, 2014
In every one’s life there are moments when you feel like you will never be able to get up and live again. I had one of those moments in my life. During which I thought I was done with everyone. I had crashed hard. Harder than I ever did. It was a really bad time.It was a time when I was tapering off my medications. My doctor was of the opinion...
July 15, 2014
It’s been a little over a year since the events that landed me in that hell hole of a hospital. Some are really good, positive changes. Some are very hard and painful but had to be made to preserve my sanity. A lot of people in my life, including family members made the choice to consistently remind me that they possess no ability...
July 15, 2014
Therapists are useful in helping a consumer understand how one is feeling and thinking, this is also known as talk therapy. Many issues are discussed and it has been proven useful to help with stability and managing symptoms. But what do you do when you’re struggling to describe your feelings with your psychiatrist and therapist? Once a...
July 10, 2014
Jeremy S. Cole
Dear friends,Have you ever felt like you just didn't know how to act in recovery? Were you worried about the actions you took may raise red flags to those around you? That pretty much sums up my entire year after my first hospitalization. Thankfully, I've only had two of them. When I was a 9th grade student transitioning to 10th in May of 2000 I...
July 10, 2014
Life was moving along pretty well for me—that is until bipolar disorder found its way to my door. From that point on things started to get very difficult. At first I was hit with severe manic episodes only to fall down so low I found myself knocked down with severe bipolar depression. For quite a few years of untreated or...
July 9, 2014
Yoga Helps Me to Connect the DotsLast month I pulled a muscle in my neck while reaching into the backseat at a stop light for a book my son had dropped and couldn’t reach. Well I couldn’t reach it either, apparently, injuring myself pretty badly. After dealing with the pain for 24 hours, the next day I decided to find a hot yoga class to help me...
June 30, 2014
I recently read a blog post from the Huffington Post by a Ms. Natasha Tracy (1). Her post centered around a claim that portrayals of people with neurodiverse conditions in the media tends to focus on overly polarized characteristics which, she claims, have the effect of attributing a sort of “...
June 27, 2014
Today, despite it being summer and my not having to rush my two girls to school, I woke up in a big 'ol funk. At 5:00 a.m. our precocious Lucy, now a thirteen-week-old bundle of energy, acted as a canine alarm clock and woke me up. She was raring to go on a puppy ultra-marathon. My husband rose early to let her outside, and he...
June 26, 2014
Yoga makes me feel better! Here are some reasons why:1. Yoga helps me sleep better. Snooze. Boring. Boo. Who wants to talk about the importance of sleep at the very beginning of a blog? (Quick! Raise your hand!) Yoga, Restorative Yoga (passive, slow Yoga) in particular, encourages deepened, slow breath, which slows your heart rate, calming...
June 24, 2014
Information on the internet about bipolar disorder seems to be booming right now – that and everything else. Much of this information is coming from individuals like myself – moms that blog. There’s one problem with this: not only are moms inherently busy, but bipolar moms have the task of finding the inner peace and balance that keeps them...