Also, a word about Amnesty International It’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve done some writing for another site, and have several partly written entries for here, but until now, I haven’t posted any. In January, I got a new tattoo, my third. The first two (a semicolon and a mental… Continue reading My Amnesty Tattoo
About a month ago I experienced three weeks of mental instability – I was seriously ill. (I still want to write a story about it, but not today. But I promise to do it.)
During that period of utter madness I couldn’t think of ONE thing to do to help myself to feel better. Today I discovered this article on the website of The Mighty. Please read it! I’m very pleased I found it – it’s an eye opener.
[Written by Sarah Schuster from The Mighty]
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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