Mental Health and the Media

It seems to be that right after nationally publicized tragedies when there’s an outcry for mental illness awareness. Earlier this year, during the Germanwings crash tragedy, I heard several times on the national news that people were demanding for mental health issues to be disclosed to employers when it was discovered that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had previously suffered from mental illness. More recently with the church shooting in Charleston, SC, I’ve seen quite a number of web articles claiming Dylann … Read More

What to Do When You Lose Your Superbilities

“He who would learn to fly one day must learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche One of the most devastating realities of my diagnosis of Bipolar 1 Disorder and subsequent medication regiment was the complete loss of my abilities. I truly felt like a superhero stripped of every super quality, forced to walk through the world deficient of every talent and ability that had made me me. Before … Read More

Electroconvulsive Therapy and Memory Loss

I’d like to talk about something that’s on the mind of every patient considering ECT: Will I lose my memory? That was the first terrifying thought I had when ECT came up as a viable option for treating my bipolar disorder. There had been a woman during my most recent inpatient stay who was in many of the same groups as I was. She frequently discussed losing memories of her children from ECT. Her stories made me more than a … Read More

Learning Your Patterns

The last blog I wrote I’m pretty sure I wrote in tears. I was in this horrible cycle of being on the wrong meds and was started self medicating (big no no). We all have a threshold of what we can handle and I had hit mine… The most important you need to do BEFORE you hit that point is see your medical professional. I finally got into my family doctor, and it took some shuffling of meds but I … Read More

Welcome Home

So, he’s home. After six weeks at the residential facility, my son is home. Our insurance decided he was stable enough to come home, so we made a quick trip out and back (10 hours entire trip) to get him on a Friday afternoon. Did you catch that insurance decided? As if they know or care anything about what his doctors said…but I digress. It’s been a whirlwind of week so far. We brought him home, went straight to bed, … Read More

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