Brain Stimulation Therapies

There are times when medication alone is not effective in the treatment of mental illness. That is why throughout this blog you will hear me talking a great deal about the benefits of mindfulness, CBT, DBT & etc.

There are still times for many individuals when these conventional therapies, matched with medications does not completely ease the symptoms of mental illness. Read more

Sleep

If you’ve been to see a physician regarding any kind of mental health concern, one of the first things that he/she will ask you is how you’ve been sleeping. Sleep is an absolutely integral part of our general health and specifically to our mental health.

As you are aware by reading this blog, I am diagnosed as being bipolar, which means that I have to pay special attention to how much sleep I get.. and more importantly, when I am not sleeping.  Read more

Bad Habits

Living functionally with a mental illness is largely about behaviour modification as part of your wellness routine. By definition, if you are mentally ill, many aspects of your behaviour can, at times, be out of your control.

This can be helped through helpful therapies like cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) or a mindfulness practice. I plan to write extensively on these topics in the coming weeks and months, as these practices have been extremely helpful in my life. Read more

Doing Things When You’re Used to Doing Nothing…

Many of you who live with a mental illness have probably been accused of being lazy before. I know that I have.. many times.. probably too many to count.

The worst part is, I often accuse myself of being lazy. My doctors inform me of limitations on my energy that I need get used to, but I can’t.

There was a time in my life when I was a multitasker.. capable of many things.. I understand that things are different, now that I have chosen to take medications to temper my symptoms.

Regardless of the medications that tire you out, bipolar alone is an energy bandit whenever you are stuck between episodes, and even worse, when you in the depressive cycles, which seems to strike most individuals with bipolar far more frequently than the sometimes pleasant(ish) moments of mania. Read more

Family & Illness

I wanted to come clean about a few things here. I was not an easy kid. In general, I would say that I was not easy to be around once I hit puberty.

There were many reasons for this, most of which are not relevant to include here, but one of the reasons was the fact that I was dealing with a mental illness.

Both of my parents tried to get me to see a doctor when I was quite young, but I refused to go.  Read more

Continued Trials & Errors and my time on lithium

If you revisit my last post, we were discussing the various medications that I had been prescribed, up to my taking the CAMH IMPACT study DNA test.

It is at this time that I was taken off most of the drugs that had been prescribed by the first doctor to diagnose me as bipolar and start a process that would span years trying to find another cocktail that would work.

I was still very early on in my journey at this point and I was unaware of what the “success” of one drug or another really looked like. Read more