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    Hospitalization Part I

    This is the first post in a three part series about hospitalization. I wrote this series because my impression of hospitalization was so different from the reality and I wanted to share my new perception to, perhaps, help you not be afraid of hospitalization. I’d spent the last several months spiraling into a deep depression […] Read more…

    Dealing with Anxiety

    Anxiety. It’s a real PITA. It has a way of smothering all positive thoughts in your brain and delving into everything that’s wrong. It produces that nagging feeling that something is wrong accompanied by tingling hands and an upset stomach. And what if you need to go somewhere but you’re too anxious to go? Anxiety […] Read more…

    How To Get Through a Bad Day

      Some days I open my eyes and I know it’s not going to be a good day. I hurry out of bed as if I can leave the bad feelings on the pillow. I hear a familiar voice in my head, “Today, and maybe more days, are going to be bad.” At first I […] Read more…

    Recovery

      From 2001 until 2013, I experienced rapid cycling bipolar disorder. It was total bullshit. Every month my hormones would perform their dance and I would start out irritable and end up depressed by the time my period started. Then I would get two “good” weeks to recover. Even the good weeks were shitty because […] Read more…

    What to Expect When You See a Psychiatrist

     If you have a mental illness, you are most likely seeing a psychiatrist (pdoc).  This post is designed to help the person that hasn’t been to a pdoc yet as well as those people that have been going for years. A pdoc is a medical doctor that specializes in mental illness and can prescribe medication […] Read more…

    Reframing

    An easy way to change your mindset from negative to positive is reframing.  Say that you’re dreading going to a party because you have social anxiety.  You picture yourself at the party not knowing what to say or do. Now, reframe the issue in a positive light.  It’s a party!  There will be people there […] Read more…

    Staying at the Nut Hut: Back to Mayo

      My second trip to Mayo in May 2013 was a bit more dire. Jesse had just had surgery to correct a deviated septum and I was back in a deep depression. I cried non-stop. I’ve never cried so much in my life. I simply could not get a hold of myself. So Jesse found […] Read more…

    Staying at the Nut Hut: First Time at Mayo

    While my time at the Marion Center staved off the crisis I was in, my illness was still not under control.  Six months later, in January 2013, my psychiatrist and I talked about my options.  She wanted me to go to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  She made all the arrangements and, within a week, Jesse […] Read more…

    I’m Doing It Wrong

    I talk a good game when it comes to battling mental illness. I have a lot of tools in my toolkit and I know how to use them. I am also medication compliant, participate in individual therapy, see my psychiatrist at least once a month and participate in group therapy weekly. But there’s also the […] Read more…

    Three For One Rule

    One of the most difficult things to deal with is the constant flow of negative self talk that most of us engage in.  We are constantly judging ourselves, calling ourselves names and, in general, not being kind to ourselves. When you recognize that you’re making a negative/derogatory comment about yourself, stop what you’re doing and […] Read more…

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