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Archives for August, 2011

Anxiety

PTSD and Assault – My Story

PTSD is a very real, very scary part of many lives. It may or may not accompany other diagnoses. I am no expert, but I do know through a lot of therapy where mine came from, and why it is a real part of my every day life today.

When I was 9 my fathers friend lived with us. He raped me, and I was too scared to say anything. ...
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General

Can I Please Get One Week Away From Doctors?

I'm so tired of doctor's offices, I think I could go the rest of my life without ever having to step into one again!  Unfortunately, that's just not possible. Every time I go to a doctor, it's always something new.  It is never a good visit, ever. There is never a clean bill of health or a reassuring "everything is just fine!" nope, I'm just not that fortunate.
Friday I went to see my endocrinologist...
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Anxiety

I’m Cracking Under Pressure

Well, here I go again.  I am not the best at handling extreme levels of stress and I don't think it's a bipolar thing - I think this time it's a life thing.  Oh boy!

My kids are crazy and I'm quickly following suit.  I've always considered myself more of a leader than a follower but the madness around here is dragging me down very quickly.  Where's a corner? I need to hide!

After...
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Happiness

The Bipolar Wife: A Perfect Anniversary!

It has been 8 years now since I said "I Do" to my wonderful husband.  He works so hard to help me stay healthy, and to help keep up with the house and take care of the kids.  I was pondering for more than a week what I wanted to do to make this anniversary better than any other.  I was stumped.

I had no idea what to get him and I had no idea what to...
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Bipolar

The Blind Leading The Blind: Coping With My Bipolar Teenager

I have posted previously about my oldest son.  He is a remarkable child with a beautiful soul and a loving heart.  He's fantastic (when not getting on my nerves!) and I love him dearly.  We have grown up together, since I was so young when I had him.  We've always been very close and we still are.  We have both struggled together and overcome adversity together.  We have faced challenges together, and we are...
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Family

What Makes A Good Marriage Good?

Early this morning I was chatting with my hubby.  I was laying on his back and just enjoying a moment of peace and quiet before the monsters began to stir.  It was so nice, comforting, soothing.  It reminded me a little of when I was a kid and my dad could make everything better with a hug.  Only now, it was my hubby, making everything better just by being there next to me. ...
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General

It’s Time To Fire My Psychiatrist! Part Three

Well I went to see my psychiatrist again, with a great deal of hesitation.  I didn't want to go see her again and I was a little anxious.  I took an ativan and went ahead and tried to give her another chance.  I was impressed with her approach this time.  It was much better than last time.

I have always loved my psychiatrist because she's always been willing to work with me to find...
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General

FMLA – So Much For Protection!

Last year my husband went on leave through FMLA for some mental health issues.  When he returned to work, his supervisor put him on a fixed Tuesday-Saturday shift while the rest of his co-workers rotated their shifts between weekends and weekdays monthly.  My husband fussed several times over many months about not being in rotation with his peers, and nothing was done.  Finally after complaining enough, he was switched to having weekends off for one month, before...
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