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

10 Signs That A Loved One May Be Experiencing Depression

Much of the attention that I have gotten from this site is actually from family members of individuals who are facing mental illness vs actual sufferers. For that reason, I thought that I would write an article that illustrates some of the signs that a loved one may be experiencing depression.

Of course, signs aren’t limited to those listed here, so you must always be careful that you aren’t jumping the gun when it comes to judgement of a loved one’s behaviours. 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

Some of what keeps me sane…

I don’t recall to what extent I’ve discussed my journaling on the blog, but I would love to discuss it now. It is one of the main things that I do for myself everyday that keeps me sane. It is also something that can be a red flag if I start doing it too much. I am pretty private about it, so I have to mostly monitor it on my own, but I have been known to journal for 12+ hours at a time when I am manic. Read more

What To Do When Experiencing Psychosis

I just learned that the daughter of a very good friend of mine had to be forcibly hospitalized after experiencing some form of psychosis. At this point, I don’t know too many of the details, but from what I understand she had to call the police to have her taken away. Certainly not the way that you want to get help for a friend or family member. Sometimes, however, symptoms can become serious enough and can crop up without warning and you have little choice but to seek whatever immediate help is available to you. This is an extremely difficult choice for anyone but you have to know that, in wellness, the person who you are forced to commit are usually able to see the reasons why you have taken the steps that you did. 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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