Coping Skills

Now I Need God?

I have a therapist, psychiatrist, friends and family but now I think it is time to look into getting a spiritual advisor. I haven’t been religious since my childhood, and wonder why now, at 39 years old, I am considering getting one. It seems...
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General

Election Trauma

It's funny but I didn’t realize how much turmoil, stress, and anxiety I’ve been enduring till today. Election Day is tomorrow, and I find my anxiety to grow as we speak. I’m trying to focus and remain calm, but it’s overwhelming and, to be...
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General

Are You Single or Married? – The Ring Finger

Recently I came across one of my Mother’s rings that I’ve had for quite some time, but, I’ve never wore cause it doesn’t fit on any of my fingers, well, except my ring finger.

It’s purple with diamonds and could pass as a wedding ring. It has always fit perfectly on my ring finger but, I’ve never had a “ring” and didn’t want to walk around society with jewelry on my finger like I was married...
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Bipolar II

Haunted By Insomnia

I’ve spent the first 28 years of my life suffering from acute insomnia. Hypo mania will do that to you. When I finally got properly diagnosed with Bipolar II, and started medication, I couldn’t believe the feeling I had to wake up without terrible lack of sleep. I remember as a child lying awake all night and dreading the next morning cause I knew I would be fueled...
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Bipolar II

What Is Complex Bereavement?

Earlier this year I lost a loved one and I’ve never experienced death before so when it happened, I was lost. The whole process was new and strange to me. I recall initially looking up the stages online and wondering why I didn’t seem to fall into any of the fundamental steps of processing the death of a loved one. Then I recall someone giving me a book on grieving and I would...
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Bipolar II

When Your Medication Changes

I’ve been on Lamictal for over five years, and about a month ago my psychiatrist cut my daily dosage in half. As a result, I have been able to see a difference in my behavior, in a good way. I find myself more relaxed yet not able to deal with idle time. Things that I previously enjoy like my Hulu television shows now seem mundane. It’s not like I’ve stopped watching television but...
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