Depression is a devourer of happiness and contentment. What better way to battle the beast than to actively work at being happy and content if only for a brief while. So, in honor of the month of gratitude, I have decided this November to post on my personal Facebook page one thing a day thatRead more
Being a person with major depression, I’ve had my share of people who tried to be helpful and totally messed it up. It can be hard to talk to someone who is depressed and even harder to be encouraging if you have no idea what you’re doing. So here are some pointers on how toRead more
There is no worse feeling for me than when my meds stop working. It is a great wake-up call that my depression is alive and well and ready to take me over if I let my guard down. Right now, I am in the process of transitioning my medication. I’ve been on Effexor for yearsRead more
I’d love to say that I’m not afraid of anything and when it comes to basic fears, I’m not. I’m not afraid of spiders or snakes or bugs. I don’t jump scare easy either. Most of my fears are deeper. My fears are usually based in what could or could not happen in the futureRead more
We’ve come to realize that our home does not run like most households. Things that are “normal” for us are not “normal” for others. Ry’s schedule is a prime example. Not many people need to take their 19-year-old to the bathroom for “potty time.” We’ve also come to realize that there are phrases one will here quite frequently in our home that aren’t heard in others. Here are some of them.
Today is World Mental Health Day. It is a day that started in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health as an awareness program to bring attention to the effects of mental illness worldwide. The World Federation for Mental Health has members in 150+ countries. In honor of the day, I am going hitRead more
Bi-polar Disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by major mood swings. That part is general knowledge and some people use it as a joke. “Bi-polar much?” But in our house, it is an all too real fact of life. Paix was diagnosed as bi-polar with psychotic episodes just over two years ago. Bi-polarRead more
Paix and I were just talking about how the bad thoughts can stop you cold. How they tell you that you can’t beat your mental illness so what’s the point of even trying. I went years without being medicated – YEARS!! I was in my 40s before I began taking medication for my depression. HowRead more