Talking About The D Word

Lately I've been noticing a lot of commercials that Bell has been sponsoring for their Let's Talk campaign. In case you don't want to click the link, what they're doing is that every text message sent and long distance call made today, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health programs. One of their intentions is to erase some of the negative stigmatism behind depression and to get people talking about it....more

Things that Shouldn't Make Me Anxious, but Do

Presents.  (Subcategory underneath “surprises”).  I don’t like unwrapping presents.  There is that moment where the ______ is unveiled & I realize what it is.  I like it.  I gush about how much I like it.  I fawn over it & start wearing it on my head.  Or…maybe I hate it.  & I start absurdly babbling about great it is & how on earth did they know this was exactly what I need.  Or what if I don’t really understand what it is.  What if they have packed it in a box tha...more
I know it's not funny but this made me laugh because I have a friend who is so much like this.more

Talking about depression is more uncomfortable than a Pap test.

I could hardly breathe sitting alone on the examining table Tuesday morning, wearing nothing but a loose, unattractive gown that opened to the front and my black, grey and royal blue striped knee socks. At least with my socks on I didn’t feel completely naked. I picked them out especially for that morning because they are new and without holes. The blue stripe matched perfectly with the blue Tye-dyed scarf  I wore into the office, but of course my doctor would never know that; she’s never seen me dressed.I waited anxiously, staring at my socks.KNOCK. KNOCK....more

The Not So Great Depression

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The problem of feminist mental health

In 1963, Betty Friedan dropped a bomb on American culture called The Feminine Mystique, a book that diagnosed untold millions of women with "the problem that has no name."  The book kicked off the Second Wave of feminism, but if you're a regular reader here you already know that....more

Postnatal Depression: My Story

I don’t know what’s come over me. I seem to be in a confessional mood. Not content with sharing the details of my birth experience last week, I’m now going to post about postnatal depression too. This is going to be a long post, so bear with me.The benefit of waiting three years is that it I will (hopefully) write about it more coherently than I could have done at the time. In general my mental health is pretty good. ...more

Acknowledging the Darkness Within

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Living with Bipolar disorder isn't as glamorous as Hollywood wants us to think

For a while it seemed that bipolar disorder was the “It Disorder” for Hollywood.  Catherine Zeta Jones came out about her stay in a hospital for it.  Carrie Fischer wrote about her struggle with bipolar disorder.  One of the most famous celebrities-with-bipolar-disorder would be ...more
I could not have written it better myself. Everything seems to be going along fine. Determined ...more

Six Freaking Months

Tim had a bad day yesterday, and I fear we're seeing the start of the usual Winter cycle.  Apparently he asked for his PRN in the morning because his voices were "loud," but by 3:30 in the afternoon, they'd worn off.  He got in to it with a new staff member at his group home, so aggressively that the guy called 911 for help because he couldn't get backup from another group home on the grounds fast enough.  By the time the police got there Tim was calmer, and had another PRN. ...more

My One, Itty, Bitty, 2012 Goal

Like most of the rest of the 7 billion people on this earth, I made a New Year's "Resolution."  I put "resolution" in quotes because I really don't like the term -- mainly because I always fail at making resolutions.Anyhoo, here's my one teeny, tiny, itty, bitty, seemingly simple goal:  stay out of the hosptial.If I look at 2011 as a trendsetter, that little bitty goal seems a lot harder, seeing as how I had 10 overnight hospital stays in 2011. ...more