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September 14, 2012

Jeremy

This may not hit home with all of you, but it is whats on my mind lately. Often we hear in movies and hospital shows the common line, "science can only come so far, and then there's God." I don't know about the rest of you, but I put a lot of trust in God, especially when it comes to battling this disorder. I sometimes have the fleeting worry, "...
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Erica Loberg

Sometimes you’re not depressed, you’re just not happy. And given the world we live in with stress, and the realities of the plot of our lives, it’s hard to decipher the difference between chemical depression and self-inflicted depression.How do you know if you are chemically depressed or simply emotionally upset from the plot of your life?We’re in...
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I Love You, but I Hate Myself

September 10, 2012

Kristian

I used to believe in the saying “you can’t really love someone until you love yourself”. I used to also believe in the idea “coping skills are productive if they help you deal with a life situation”. Well, at age 27, I can definitely say I don’t believe in either exact saying or the idea anymore.Recently I have become ultimately aware of the fact...
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Remembering my first time...

September 10, 2012

Kristian

I have a hard time truly disclosing to anyone how I am doing on the inside. Mood charts were very vague for me and the more I got used to the typical mood rating conversation, the easier it was to not disclose my thoughts and feelings, especially if I wasn’t directly asked. The typical conversation usually went like this:Doc: Can you rate your...
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Kathleen K.

September 10, 2012
 My name is Kathleen K. I have been diagnosed with Schizo Affective, Bipolar One disorders since I was 33. That's about 22 years. I have lived through just about anything and everything. From being experimented with on all kinds of medication, as the Doctors couldn't decide which disorder to treat, to being in Mental Hospitals every three to...
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Kathleen K.

What was going on when you were first diagnosed? Do you remember your symptoms? Do you remember where you were and what happened? Why or how you ended up seeing a Doctor or Psychiatrist? Was your family involved? Or were you alone?I first noticed that I saw the robins on the ground and thought they were demons. They were jumping all around and...
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Vicki M. Taylor

Bipolar and Recovery. Two words that don’t normally go together in many circles. But, new research has determined that “recovery” is attainable for those with Bipolar and possibly other mental illnesses.What does it take? Is there a magic pill? Why haven’t we heard of this before?It’s hard work, dedication, and mental and physical health...
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Chato B. Stewart

 “Mental Illness can damage the brain. You can't just wait for it to go away. The longer you wait to get treatment, the worse it will get and the greater chance that prescription drugs won't work.” That is a direct quote from a June 2012 Readers Digest article on “13 Things Your Therapist Won't Tell You.” Okay, my first thought: good thing, I...
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Depression & Clothes

August 22, 2012

Erica Loberg

I went to an all girls catholic high school, which means one thing: uniforms. I loved uniforms. I may have been the only person in my class who actually liked wearing the same shirt and skirt every day.On the weekends I was faced with my real clothes. I would go to parties and all the girls wore their weekend uniform: black, tight and short. We...
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Courtney Rundell

My baby is almost a year old now and I’m still unstable. This statement confuses my family and friends because on the outside, I seem like myself again – I shower and wear make-up on a regular basis, my sense of humor is back and I’ve gone back to work. I’m functioning in my usual Type A manner.On the inside, I feel like I’m walking a...
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