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
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)
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
I recently read a blog post where the author wanted to go back and be her “old self”, the person that she was before mental illness. That made me think, “Do I want to go back to the ‘old me’, before mental illness?” Thinking about it for a minute, I wondered when that would be.… Continue reading What about the old me?
I’ve had many med side-effects over the years. The second one I was on, Zyprexa, introduced me to two that have plagued me since. Daytime sleepiness and weight gain. I’ll leave the weight gain for another post. It’s caused a lot of trouble, but so has the sleepiness. When I was put on Zyprexa, the… Continue reading Med side-effects, sleepiness
I’ve had problems with anxiety for my entire life. When I was diagnosed with bipolar, I was also diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Later I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I also have panic attacks, but I don’t quite meet the criteria for Panic Disorder. I don’t meet those requirements since the… Continue reading Tranquilizers and me
I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). The last, generalized anxiety disorder is defined as: persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things often expecting the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money,… Continue reading Victory Over Anxiety