Don’t Tell Me Not to Feel the Way I Feel

Originally posted on Bipolar Me:
“Don’t be sad/angry/upset.” “Calm down.” “Smile. It’ll make you feel better.” “Stop getting all revved up.” Never in the history of ever has any communication of this sort had the desired effect on a person – especially one with bipolar disorder. When you offer this sort of “advice,” what you…

Then and now, a tale of two hospitalizations

  I’ve been inpatient for psych several times over the years. The first time was in October 2003, the latest was in November 2015. Twelve years and the same ward of the same hospital. So different in so many ways. One thing did not change, the staff was friendly, polite, and treated me well both… Continue reading Then and now, a tale of two hospitalizations

Early memories (When Medicine Got it Wrong)

  It’s weird how we don’t remember much, or anything about our very early childhood. This is known as Childhood Amnesia. My very first memory is walking in my father’s garden and looking down the stairwell that led down to the basement door. My second earliest memory is planting an apple tree in our front… Continue reading Early memories (When Medicine Got it Wrong)

DEAR MAN, a DBT Skill

There are many skills in DBT, or Dialectical Behavior therapy. DBT is a therapy that was originally developed to help people with borderline Personality disorder, or BPD, not to be confused with BP, or bipolar disorder. I have bipolar, and DBT has helped me greatly. I wrote about DBT in a previous post, Dialectical Behavior… Continue reading DEAR MAN, a DBT Skill