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    Month: March 2018

    How to Get Through Depressive and Hypomanic Episodes

      I recently found myself tumbling through a rapid-cycling period. More than a period, actually, since it lasted more than three months. Have you ever found yourself bogged down with mental illness and wondered, “How the hell did I get here again?” Or, better yet, “how do I get out of here?” I think I’ve […] Read more…

    Clinical Anxiety or Situational Anxiety?

    How does anxiety (clinical anxiety) the illness differ from situational anxiety, or stress that’s brought on by an outside source?  It feels much the same: restless, feeling as though there’s something wrong (which their actually is something wrong when you have situational anxiety). I had anxiety brought on by the nature of the illness a […] Read more…

    Self-Care

    What is self-care? Self-care is taking active steps every day to protect, nurture and care for yourself. Doing something every day that brings you joy, even if it’s just a spark. It’s eating healthy foods and exercising. It’s talking back to that annoyingly negative voice that tries to insinuate itself into your thoughts. Self-care looks […] Read more…

    Medication: A Love/Hate Relationship

    When I was 15, my therapist wanted me to try Prozac. The thought of taking medication for my mental illness terrified me.  My family members with mental illnesses had either refused to take medication or were numb. So I skipped it. Five years later and I was ready to try something to get rid of […] Read more…