As I mentioned in my previous post, I get derailed easily if my strict daily/weekly routine changes. I said that the biggest thing that gets me off track is when my husband gets sick. Well, he was sick with a bad cold last week, and it felt like my world came to an end, especially… Read More My Meltdown Last Week
My life — that is, my days and weeks, is really structured. I go to physical therapy once a week (it used to be twice), go to the salon once a week (alternating services each time), and go to therapy once a week. Each of those appointments are on the same day each week and… Read More Self-Care: Structure
NOTE: As mentioned on my About page, I don’t advocate for or against ECT. I’m just sharing my personal experience. I wrote a post about the outpatient ECT procedure here. I stopped ECT treatment this past March because for the first time, it didn’t seem like it was working, but was still affecting my memory.… Read More ECT & My Memory
Throwback Thursdays feature relevant posts (of about 20) from a private, online journal I kept last fall. They chronicle my time during a depressive episode, which led to another round of ECT. You’ll read firsthand what that was like for me. The entries are slightly edited for clarity, and with regard to anonymity. Also, I describe… Read More Throwback Thursday #15: Maintenance ECT
I don’t usually post twice in one day, but since my blog now has a new look, I decided that it needs a new title. I know, I know — I’ve already changed the title once before, but “Barb’s Blog: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety” is just way too long. So from now on,… Read More The Blog’s New Title!
***TRIGGER WARNING*** NOTE: If the topics of suicide and self-harm are triggers for you, I suggest you discontinue reading. I hesitate writing this because it’s so personal, but having attempted suicide in the past is a part of my journey living with bipolar disorder. There have been times, even as recent as a few months… Read More Suicide Attempts & Self-Harm
I don’t normally post on Fridays, but I’ve decided to change my blog theme so that I could add my recent Twitter and Instagram posts where they can easily be seen. I mainly wanted to add Twitter because I write my blog posts sometimes weeks ahead of time, but my tweets are more spontaneous and… Read More The Blog’s New Look!