Fighting My Mental Illness: My "Life" Before Bipolar Disorder Meds

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog asking the public (though mostly friends) their opinions on keeping professional privacy vs. putting up a fight against stigma on a recent health diagnosis. ...more

A BIg Show of Support: MT 2014 NAMIWalk

Regular readers of this blog have probably gathered by now that I am quite fond of Montana, the state in which I live. There is a lot I love about Montana - but not the high incidence of suicide here....more

The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn't

I was coming home from a long day of working when I saw the news on Twitter. Today, probably sometime this morning, Robin Williams, beloved American actor, passed away in his California home. The coroner suspects that he committed suicide, probably from asphyxiation. ...more
So good of you to write this very good article! So true.  Let's just mourn the loss of this ...more

The Face Of Depression

    While the country is reeling from the loss of Robin Williams, we find ourselves asking the same question over and over---what would drive one of America's most beloved comedians to end his life? On the surface he had everything: a unique brand of humor that brought him fame, a loving family and a multitude of adoring fans. How could he have been so unhappy?...more

The Return of Carleatha

My daughter is caught in a hamster wheel. She can jump off occasionally, but before long, she is on again ... running for her life. A couple of years ago I wrote about her battle with a depressive episode that lasted for months. She spent many weeks in the psych unit at the local hospital. She's been in and out several times since, sometimes for mania, but this time, once again, she's depressed. One of her floor mates two years ago is now her roommate. ...more

The Misunderstanding of Paranoid Schizophrenia

Yes, I admit it; I have paranoid schizophrenia. I was diagnosed in my sophomore year of high school, but does it define me? Does this disease really shape who I am, or is it just another obstacle that I strive to get by? Well, you could say that it is an on-going struggle, but truthfully it was the hardest when it all first happened. See, I was a normal girl, with a normal life and a strong belief in God....more

Scenes from a Psych Ward

My middle daughter has suffered with serious mental disorders since she was seventeen.  Countless visits to various psych wards and doctor's offices continue to plague her existence.  In 2010 she went through her first series of ECTs.  These are diary entries from that period.   Despite her illness and her battle with Diabetes Type I, she continues to excel, having graduated with a B.S....more

Six Things You Can Do To Help a Friend Struggling With Depression Have a Better Day

“But I don’t know what to say/do” is something I hear often when talking about mental health. ”I thought it would be best to just let you work it out. You know I am here.”...more

Permission to Feel: A Story of Self-Harming

Warning: this post could be triggering to those who self-harm. Read at your own risk....more
Hello there, Elizabeth! I cannot read your words without wanting to reach out and comfort you, ...more

"Here's To The Crazy Ones"

In reply to WP Daily Prompt: Fifteen MinutesYou have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?Photographers, artists, poets: show us THE BIG MOMENT.  Wow - this is a toughie for me. I would have no idea where to begin. ...more