The year that was 2013…..

The year that was 2013 has not been an easy year for the soul mate and me. What started out as a year of months as an in-patient in a psychiatric hospital involving extensive therapy, and sessions of Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT), and many changes to my medications, was a year where I found out…

Happiness #2

Mihaly Csikszentimihaly (1990) writes that “the best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times……the best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limit in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” I previously wrote that to be happy we need to enhance our…

Mania – friend or foe…..

Friend or foe, on one hand being manic can make me super efficient, driven, focused, and determined, yet on the other hand it can make me talk a million miles an hour, interrupting or talking over people, it can make me argumentative, makes me drink to the extreme, and at times has led me to…

Forgiveness, acceptance and moving forward….

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been different, it’s accepting the past for what it is, and using this moment and this time to move forward.” – Oprah Winfrey We always hear people say “forgive and forget”, but is it that simple, can we really accept our past for what…

A special Merry Christmas

To all my dedicated and supportive readers, have a very special Merry Christmas. During this festive time we need to remember how hard this time of year can be for those suffering from depression. For some with a mental illness it means this time of year is unfortunately times of very intense emotions, including sadness,…

Depression has made me who I am…..

I often wonder where I would be, who I would be if I didn’t have depression, if depression hadn’t affected nearly all aspects of my life. Would I have found love differently in the beginning, that didnt result in so much physical and mental abuse, would I still have my family around me instead of…

We can only walk in our own shoes……

“Don’t worry about walking a mile in my shoes, just try a day thinking inside my head.” – Unknown If we could walk in each others shoes we would live a life not our own, we would see different experiences, know people we may never have met, feel things we haven’t, and may never feel…

I am not ‘crazy’, I have a mental illness

The stigma attached to mental illness has been influenced by the media, crime, television dramas, and the people in our community that label anyone who isn’t ‘normal’, physically or mentally. These labels are an inaccurate, uneducated perceptions of people who suffer a disease, illness, or disability. the result causing discrimination, bullying, mistreatment, and exclusion, all…