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    Loving Someone with a Mental Illness

      This post is written for your friends and loved ones who support you. Please feel free to share this with anyone in your life that helps you fight your illness. Loving Someone With a Mental Illness Loving someone with a mental illness means boldy staring down their illness with  them.  Mental Illness ain’t for […] Read more…

    Top Ten Ways Anxiety/Fear Affect Me

    Anxiety, or fear, limits me in so many ways. Here’s my top ten ways that fear affects me. Fear limits the time I spend with friends. It’s hard to make contact and especially hard to admit I need help. Fear squashes my confidence. Fear limits my ability to see clearly. Fear limits my possibilities. Fear […] Read more…

    Medication Change Part Deux

    Trying to increase AAP #2 can officially be listed as a failure. I felt good last week. Probably too good…a little hypomania around the edges. I wish there were a dose of AAP #2 between 1.5 and 3 or that they weren’t in capsules so I could split them. I came down from the hypomnia […] Read more…

    Medication Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    Frequent Flyer Club Medication changes most often occur because you are symptomatic, having unacceptable side effects or you are changing a dosage. I’ve been changing meds again because I need to find a replacement med for my atypical anti-psychotic med (AAP). Why?Because I have Type II Diabetes and AAP #1 makes it worse. I also […] Read more…

    Next Step

      I recall being told multiple times by multiple people that I could accomplish anything in life that I set my mind to. I used to live by the saying, “I can do whatever I want” and, implicit in that, “I need to be a raging success at whatever important thing I’m doing”. But depression, […] Read more…

    Three For One Rule

    Dr. D. is an individual therapist as well as the therapist that guides our Group. Dr. D is a fantastic therapist. He breaks things down so you don’t need a degree in psychology to understand what he’s talking about. Dr. D has devised many tips over the years to help whatever ails you, psycholgically. Ok. […] Read more…

    Medication Tolerance, yup…it’s a thing

      The problem with many psychiatric medications is that they stop working after a period of time. This happens most often with anti-depressants and anti-convulsants and is often referred to as “poop out” (seriously). A more scientific term is tolerance. When you have developed a tolerance for a medication, you either need a higher dose […] Read more…

    Dealing With Side Effects

    The dictionary defines side effects as “…a secondary, typically undesirable, effect of a drug or medical treatment. Side effects range from minor to seriously dehabilitating”. So what level, if any, of side effects is acceptable for a lessening of symptoms? That’s the million dollar question. And the answer is different for everyone. It’s nerve-wracking to […] Read more…

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