I Want to Go Home to Bed With My Kitties

Kittens.Jumping.I want to go home to bed with my kitties.These are my mantras. Or something.I repeat these phrases, under my breath if anyone is around who doesn't know I do this. At least I think it's under my breath. I have at times walked out of a restroom stall to see people looking at me strangely.My husband says they are "grounding statements," though I understand proper grounding statements are usually more like affirmations – "I am safe." "I can handle this." "I am a good person." How I ended up with mine I don't quite know....more

Call It a Brag Sheet

Years and years ago, I learned a trick that I keep in my back pocket. I pull it out to use when I have weeks that feel more like months. The wise dispenser of this universal knowledge was my then therapist--she would listen to me with her chin resting on the heels of both her hands, while she leaned in, like she was trying to hear the words I didn't say that were hidden between the ones that I did. I sat in her office, lulled by trust into feeling it was her living room, and I would tell her about my life....more
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More "News" About Mental Health

Next in my ongoing series (see:https://bipolarjan.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/new-hope-for-mental-illness/) of posts about news stories that bear on mental health, and what they may or may not mean:...more

"Mama, Will I Take Pills, Too, When I Grow Up?"

The complexities of raising a child when you have a mental illness. Every morning, my daughter and I have breakfast together. It's important to me that she has it every day; studies have touted the multiple benefits of having breakfast. Plus, she's honestly Linda Blair from the Exorcist when she doesn't have it. That's an added incentive. I either have oatmeal or cereal mixed with yogurt; she often has cereal, fruit, and yogurt. She drinks milk and I drink my coffee, just with cream. And beside my coffee lay my two magnesium pills (for my migraines) and my tab and a half of Prozac. ...more

What People Really Look Like Behind Appearances

The other day, someone asked me on Twitter about balance -- and I knew they weren't talking about my Wii Fit yoga score. They wanted to know what advice I had on getting it all done. It being, all of "it." I sat at the other end of the screen, surprised, because Wow, do I look like someone who has it all together?...more
It was the same to me. I had to do a lot of things the whole week and I didn't watch TV at ...more

What I want to tell you

Here is what I want to tell you.That you don’t ever have to give me a reason for your struggles. There isn’t always one. If there is, you can tell me why. And if there isn’t, it doesn’t matter. It makes you no less deserving of a hug, of a listening ear, of a compassionate smile.That you can say to me, “I’m so anxious,” or “I’m super down today” or “I’m miserable” and I won’t expect you to know why....more

How to Talk about Depression with Your Family

Talking to your family about depression is not always easy, especially if there is nobody else in the family who is dealing with depression already. I’ll tell you about my experience and give you a few tips. Just know that it won’t be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, but it also won’t be the hardest thing either. Sometimes you will have to talk to them several times and sometimes they just may never understand, but be patient with them and know that you need to do this for your own well-being....more
Thank you for sharing this.  I have battled depression for years and trying to be brave and open ...more

Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Suicide Rates of Teen Girls?

Most of us don't understand why suicide is a leading killer of teen girls....more