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    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…

    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…

    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…

    Post Partum Disaster

      The sounds of his six-week-old cried filled me with terror.  My brain had yet to reconcile itself after his birth.  A screeching noise bounced around my head.  I was so desperate for quiet. I clapped my hands over my ears. As I alluded to in https://www.mentallyinteresting.com/shit-just-got-real, it did not occur to me that it […] Read more…

    Walking the Ledge

    Sixteen years ago I was barreling down I-29 in North Kansas City.  My husband of 10 years and son of three weeks were in the back seat.  I was in the grips of Post Partum Psychosis and I was saturated with fear. I looked at the odometer…60 mph.  The voices that had popped up in […] Read more…

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