Posts tagged medication

Climbing Back from the Brink

Climbing Back from the Brink

Welcome back Matthew, I missed you.

My Journey Through The Darkness

My Journey Through The Darkness

I knew I’d been running on fumes for months but I had to keep going anyway. There is always something to take care of but sometimes it can get so overwhelming you don’t know where to start and ultimately nothing gets done. I woke up on a Thursday morning and noticed I had what felt […]

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 […]

Backpacking to Heal Depression

Backpacking to Heal Depression

I’m a recovered depressive. Social anxiety was the root cause. I recovered by backpacking around Asia. When depression returned a few years later, this time caused by financial hardship, I again recovered, by hiking across Spain. If you have a depressed mood or clinical unipolar depression, with similar underlying causes, then it is highly likely […]

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.”

How My Daughters’ Lost Year Turned Into a Story of Hope

How My Daughters’ Lost Year Turned Into a Story of Hope

You never think a mental health crisis will happen to your family, until it happens… Our family moved from Nashville, Tennessee to the Upper Midwest when our daughter, Rebecka, was entering sixth grade. It was a tough move. My husband, Todd, lived in Iowa teaching at a liberal arts college, and I worked at a […]

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

A few years prior to getting sober I awoke one morning with a feeling of anxiety. I’d had anxiety before but this feeling stayed with me for the day. Upon returning home from work I started drinking and the feeling went away. The next day I awoke and the anxiety had returned. Within a few […]

Mind Over Mountain- Healing Through Mindfulness

Mind Over Mountain- Healing Through Mindfulness

The initial physical therapist provided his unapologetic interpretation of my situation and physical condition, as I lay gasping in pain on the patient table.  His outlook was poor and his news was less than unpopular; he was absolutely positive my current condition may never improve.  I was angry and teary eyed as I ran out […]

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 […]