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Recovering Myself- A Bipolar Recovery Tale

Recovering Myself- A Bipolar Recovery Tale

I Discovered My Power and Recovered Myself- A Bipolar Recovery Tale Recovery in mental health is not what you normally think of when you hear the word “recovery”. Because in mental health it is not about returning to something, returning to a state of “normal” or returning to a place you have been previously. It […]

My Bipolar Backback

My Bipolar Backback

For years I cranked out newspaper feature stories, unaware that my own tale of misery lurked around the bend. I wrote about a 12-year-old girl whose evil stepfather’s treatment propelled her to live under a highway bridge. I interviewed a poor elderly woman who resorted to a regular diet of canned dog food. And then the writing stopped […]

Almost Happy To Be Bipolar

Almost Happy To Be Bipolar

Like any other bipolar person, my story is an ongoing, mercurial one.  I grew up in a so-called “normal” family that hid its problems and I had no reason to believe I would live anything other than a regular, successful life.  I was an intense and often sad person in high school but it never […]

John Oliver Is Furious About The Appalling State Of Our Mental Health Services

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According to John, all we have done to help the mentally ill is: “nothing, not anything, very few things, not much, and prison.”

My Recovery Story

My Recovery Story

The end of last month marked the one year anniversary of the worst time of my life. One year ago, I decided that life was not worth living. One year ago, I gave up completely. One year ago, I ended up in the hospital where I was sure I would die. But something amazing happened. […]

What Is Transcendental Meditation, And What It Is Not

What Is Transcendental Meditation, And What It Is Not

Below is a fascinating video in which Bob Roth explains: • What TM is • What TM is not • What happens during TM • How we know TM really works • TM’s effect on the brain • The natural tendency of the mind • What a mantra is • Where TM came from • […]

My Recovery From Self-Injury

My Recovery From Self-Injury

Recovery means many different things to many different people.  It’s a very difficult and personal journey. Not everyone is strong enough to realize they need help, let alone know what to do once they get it.  You often hear people speaking about a place called “Rock Bottom.” The consensus is that to help yourself, you […]

A Back-Handed Blessing- Mental Health and Alcoholism Recovery

A Back-Handed Blessing- Mental Health and Alcoholism Recovery

When you’ve been to hell and back more than once you can’t help but ask yourself a couple of what I’m sure are universal questions, when you’re under constant formidable pressure. Mine were, “What have I done to deserve this,” and eventually, “Why me?” Unfortunately, there weren’t any instant answers and for me it began […]

Waddle On

Waddle On

When people ask me to “share my story,” my first thought is to question whether I have a story to tell. My second reaction is to think my story is a cliche. Despite these doubts, however, something happened to me to make me different, so it must be significant, and talking about it may help […]

Invisible Illness

Invisible Illness

When my son was only 5 years old, he had his first in-patient psychiatric hospital stay. I was told at the time that he was one of, if not the youngest patient they had ever had. Many people condemned and criticized my decision to seek medical help. I needed help, my son needed help, and […]