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I’m Blogging For Mental Health: May 16th, 2012

Today, we take a break from the Mental Health Heroes to be part of a Mental Health Awareness event blog party.  (@APAHelpCenter & #mhblogday)

How can you help people recognize the importance of good mental health?  I believe if we speak out about our personal experience and are willing to put a face and a name to mental health, people will look at it as real and not something "your friend's mother gets" - to quote Joey Pants.

How to overcome stigma?  I hate the use of the word stigma, it is stigmatizing all on its own, but it is a familiar term for people when they're talking about mental illness. However,  I like the way actor Joe Pantoliano describes mental illness: a  “brain dis-ease.”  I think he is on the right track. Changing something as simple as a term for "mental illness" is a huge project and I think, without a doubt, it will lead to overcoming the "stigma" of mental illness.
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APA Mental Health Month Blog Day

Bipolar Dad: Out of the Mouth of My Children

Today, May 18th, 2011 is a very special day here at Psych Central! Collectively, many of the bloggers will be posting personal stories of their recovery during the day long Blog party.

I thought I would take a different approach and let my 4  kids draw a caricature of me.  Then tell you about me and my mental illness from their vantage point and in their own words (with a little help typing it up from Mom.) This post, I'll call "Bipolar Dad: Out of the Mouth of My Children."  I figured it would be simple, but it turned out to be very enlightening... letting them draw me, then color their works of art in and write a story to tell you about their Dad.

We'll start with my oldest LP. He just turned 12 and loves drawing, Star Wars, Legos, Pizza and reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Here is his caricature of me.
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