Lost

You may have noticed that I have been away from the blog for a short time. While I have been away, I have been recycling posts from tickety blog and reposting them on my other site, She Zine Mag.

There may come a time in the future when I integrate these two blogs completed and shift all of my attention over to She Zine, as I have found it increasingly difficult to manage multiple projects at once.

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Physical Activity, Creativity & Mental Wellness

I don’t go out very much. I think it is mostly because I am sober these days and I have never got the hang of what sober people do in their spare time. I have plans to make some changes to my life this spring/summer and hopefully find myself outside and enjoying my days more fully for a change.

For anyone living with mental illness, you will know that you can’t just think about doing something. You have to make a plan, perhaps find an accountability partner, and take the necessary steps to bring your plans to life. Read more

Bipolar 1/Bipolar 2.. What’s The Difference?

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that bipolar was subdivided into different categories until fairly recently. I knew I was bipolar. I knew that, for me, I felt that it was necessary that I be medicated. But beyond that, I didn’t ask a lot of questions.

The digger I deep into researching my own illness, the more I am find it necessary that I know more about my diagnosis and the differences between bipolar 1, bipolar 2, and the lesser known cyclothymia, which is defined as a relatively mild mood disorder that is related to bipolar.  Read more

Saphris

I very recently had an appointment with a psychologist for the first time in a super long time. It is highly recommended that you engaged in some kind of psychotherapy if you are dealing with mental illness, however, this type of therapy is not covered in Ontario.. so some of us must go without.

As I’ve mentioned over my last several posts, I have been struggling a great deal with my sleeping schedule lately, and this day was no different.

By the time we got to Niagara, where my appointment was to take place, I was nearing almost 20hrs without sleep.. again. I could feel myself slurring when I spoke of symptoms, which isn’t representative of how I have been feeling lately, because truthfully, I’ve been feeling really good.

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1,000 Different Directions..

I was a little short on posts last week and I feet it necessary to offer some explanation as to the reason for my absence in posting.This is a super new blog and I absolutely don’t want to get into the habit, this early in the game, being a no-show for any new readers who may be finding my blathering relevant to them.

If you are someone who may have noticed my absence, then I thank you so much for caring. It really means so much to me.

Let me start by saying that I am feeling mentally fine and that, thankfully, it hasn’t been an issue of mental health that has kept me away.

In fact, I guess you could say that the exact opposite is true.

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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