I’m sorry I haven’t replied to your comments. After seeing my therapist and continued communication with my psychiatrist, we decided that I should go to the hospital, which is where I am right now. I’ll likely be admitted; if so, my husband will try to provide updates. Thank you all so much for the positive… Read More UPDATE 3/23/18
I can only speak for myself and my own illnesses (bipolar, anxiety), but I think many can relate to having an invisible illness. “But you seem fine.” “You don’t seem depressed.” I get this a lot, especially the latter. Well, I am depressed. It’s just that my affect is that of a person who is… Read More Living With an Invisible Illness
Thank you to orange walls for nominating me for . . . . . . and you should definitely check out her blog, especially if you want to know why she calls it orange walls! Recently she blogged about various mood tracker apps, which is certainly worth a read. Sunshine Blogger Award Rules: The Sunshine Blogger… Read More Sunshine Blogger Award #2!
So I haven’t been leaving the house by myself, not even to walk Rudy because . . . snow. He has to wear boots because some sidewalk salts are toxic and can dry out paw pads, and because he likes to walk in . . . snow. He’s good about wearing boots, but not so… Read More A New Reason to Leave the House By Myself
A friend of mine recommended that I read Hemingway’s Brain by forensic psychiatrist, Andrew Farah, because he was concerned about whether or not I needed so much ECT, and wondered if my memory problems were due to a different diagnosis instead of bipolar II, partly because I was a goaltender, who stopped the puck with… Read More Hemingway Wasn’t Bipolar?!
Since I was diagnosed in 1994, I don’t think I’ve ever hidden the fact that I have a mental illness. At first, my parents wanted to deny it, but not me. I wanted to own it. Most of my friends and family, at least those on Facebook, know that I’m bipolar and have anxiety. One… Read More Bed-and-Breakfasts & Being “Out” About My Mental Illness
Did you know that massages can improve depression and anxiety? According to my massage therapist, a massage lowers a person’s level of cortisol, which is a brain chemical that accumulates from stress. Massage also increases dopamine and serotonin, both of which are hormones that increase relaxation and reduce anxiety. Most of you probably know that… Read More Self-Care: Massage