I’m sure you all have a grasp of what my inpatient hospitalization was like based on my last few posts, so I thought I’d change the subject completely lol! Recently (pre-hospitalization), I finished a 7-Day Writing Challenge with my writing coach. Actually, in my case, we agreed to stretch it out to 7 weeks. What… Read More 7-Day Writing Challenge: Done!
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?!
As I mentioned in my first post of the year, I may share some of my previously published (as opposed to works-in-progress) writing. There’s not a lot! Here’s the first one. It looks long because of the way WordPress formats lines/paragraphs. Please scroll slowly so you don’t accidentally skip any of the lines. Poetry is… Read More “Rediscovery” by Barb Natividad
Daily Prompt: Study via The Daily Post Study this pic. Not a pretty sight, is it? I took this selfie at 4:52 this morning, over an hour after I woke up and couldn’t sleep again. I even practiced good sleep hygiene by taking my meds and going to bed around 10:30 PM, so I slept… Read More The Face of Depression & Insomnia
Happy New Year! I always look forward to the new year because it means new beginnings. One of these beginnings is that I’m changing my blog format. Because I’d like to be more involved with the mental health community on WordPress and in general, I’m going to post questions at the end of blog posts… Read More New Year, New Format
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. Getting Out… Read More Throwback Thursday #4: Getting Out of the House
Just over a month ago I was working on 3 different short stories at the same time. I became overwhelmed and anxious, and stopped writing. I realized that for me, working on only one story at a time works best. Also, I received feedback on Short Story 2 from my writing coach, which discouraged me.… Read More Anxiety & Writing