Archives for December, 2012

Bipolar I

The Definition of Sick

When you’re young and you say I’m sick, I can’t go to school, I have some stomachache or flu.  You get to sit home, watch TV, and play video games.

When you’re young and you’re mentally “sick” and have no high fever or cough your ass is going to school.

What is the definition of sick in our society, in your family, in our culture?

When you’re an adult, and you say you’re sick, people think: Cancer.

When does mental illness get a seat in the term “sick.”

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Coping Skills

Gun Control vs. Mental Illness? – I don’t get it and it’s driving me mad

How is it possible that our media and the government are so focused on gun control and no one is talking about mental illness with regards to the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

We need funding from the government to start educating those on mental illness and have a cultural dialogue on the realities of mental illness to stop such atrocities from occurring in the future.

It is time to wake up America. Period.

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Homosexuals and Television – Where Are the Lesbians?

Yes, Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian and has her own talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Rosie O’Donnell came out as a lesbian during her stint as a talk show host on The Rosie O’Donnell Show as well. Both shows feature real women who embrace their sexuality and thankfully represent a side of homosexuality that doesn’t get too much coverage in modern day television.

The ABC series Modern Family has won best comedy show two years in a row.  NBC came out with their version of a Modern Family this season with its comedy series The New Normal. Both shows feature a gay couple raising a child.  Both those gay couples are men.

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Bipolar I

The Pros and Cons of Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be a dicey choice for Christmas gift giving. So, given all the variables of gift certificates, it’s important to take the pros and cons into consideration when purchasing a gift certificate for your loved ones this Christmas:

You walk into a business, purchase the gift certificate, and you’re done. No wandering around the store trying to figure out what to buy. No dilemma between purchasing one gift over another.  It’s easy.


Whether it’s a certificate to your favorite restaurant, or a series of yoga classes, you share your favorite eateries and or hobbies that the recipient may have never been exposed to. So depending on what kind of certificate you select, you have the opportunity to share an experience you enjoy with a recipient that may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy.

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Bipolar I

Last Minute Shopping 101 – How to Maximize Results When the Clock is Ticking

"Last minute" shopping is relative to your state of mind. For some, it can mean one month prior to Christmas; for others, one week, or even the night before Christmas.  It depends on the individual. So how do you manage your stress during the last minutes of your last minute shopping, and not lose your marbles?

When it gets down to handing the stress of your last minute shopping, and better prioritize your needs, here are some guidelines to consider: (Keep in mind your list of priorities may be different so the key is to make a list that fits your needs and allows the least amount of stress in your last minute shopping spree!!)


Start with your immediate family – Whether you are in good or bad terms with your parents, your mom and dad should be high up on your list of priority shopping.  Next come siblings – and it is okay to spend more time and effort into picking out a gift for a brother you have a better relationship with then your sister.  There is no “fair” gift giving so don’t let that be a pressure.  It is alright to spend more money or give a more meaningful gift to a sibling you have a closer relationship with.  Sometimes to avoid jealous gift situations we purchase the same gift for all siblings versus unique selected gifts.  This is fine too if it alleviates stress, however, don’t let the pressure to be “fair” get to you because there is no fair when it comes to Christmas.

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