Let's Talk About Meds

I literally waited until I had no choice but to go on meds. And by literally, I mean a nurse in a mental hospital gave me a little white cup with Lithium and Zoloft in it and another white cup with water in it and wouldn’t let me out of her sight until I emptied both cups.Find out what misconceptions and fears about psychiatric medications almost killed me here....more

A Pill for Evil People

Seriously though, a friend of mine, or should I say former friend, called me a drug addict because I take medication for Bipolar Disorder.  It was around the time Whitney Houston died.  And I thought to myself, wow, she thinks I'm like Whitney Houston?...more
I know I'm not alone in being discriminated against and there is something to be said for that. ...more

How Sunlight Can Help Your Depression

As I live day to day I try to think of things that may help lessen the severity of my depression.  Lately I have been making a point to try to get in at least 30 minutes of sunlight every day.  I have noticed that on the days I don’t make it outside I have a harder time fighting the lies that flow from my brain....more

Telling My Story of Life with Bipolar Disorder

Carolyn from This Talk Ain’t Cheap left me a commenton that blog post that I tried to reply to, but I felt it I didn’t reply adequately enough.  So, please indulge me, while I try to do it justice here....more

Goodbye, ECT

I finished my 10th and final ECT treatment this week, and boy am I excited! They were kind of a pain, and the whole being "shocked into a seizure" thing is a little concerning. Read all about why I'm glad to be done: bipolarknitter.com....more

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

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

The Whole, or the Sum of Our Parts?

Did you ever wonder if psychiatrists see us as just the sum of our symptoms?  I have, and address it here:  http://bipolarknitter.com. ...more

My Very First Rant (on my blog anyways): "Hey, are you ok?"

I will make this one short and sweet.  I don't mean to offend anyone, especially those who have shown me nothing but support, but I feel like this is something that needs to be said.  Please stop asking me every two minutes if I'm okay! I may be exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea....more

Why Would God Do this?

Recently I was asked “Why would God do this?”I have to admit that I’ve asked myself that same question before. As a parent of child with a serious mental illness, there’s been plenty of times when I felt angry at God, I felt like He didn’t love us and that’s why we were going through all of this pain. I also thought that maybe He was punishing us or rejecting us....more