Computer Glitch

Blarg… You may have noticed that the tickety blog site was down this week. If you did, that means you’re reading.. Hooray!! Somehow, the site was literally deleted from my host somehow. Whether it is apparent or not, I have invested probably over 100 hours on this site and when I was informed of it’s mysterious deletion, I was devastated.

My social worker, the marvellous Melinda, had been trying to show the site to some of her colleagues over at the Parkdale Recreation and Activity Centre and discovered a placeholder where tickety should’ve been. Read more

Be Yourself Only For Yourself

Most of us feel the pressures of other people’s expectations of us. Even when we say that we don’t care, I can say that with quite a lot of certainty, that there was probably at least some point in your life where these expectations weighed heavily on your heart.

We know that we shouldn’t care what other people think of us, but it is very often difficult not to care, especially when you are talking about friends and family members. Read more

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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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