(Some) Rest for the Weary

“What’s going on?” I wonder to myself–somewhat incredulous about my buoyant mood. “I mean, this is unexpected–in a glorious, life is 72 degrees outside type of way.” You see, my…



What is Suicidal Ideation?

Suicidal ideation is considering, planning, or wanting to commit suicide. There are two types of suicidal ideation: Passive suicidal ideation is when you are considering the idea of suicide or…



Should I Call Myself Bipolar?

Language can powerfully influence self-definition, revelation, and healing. The way we describe ourselves and our condition speaks volumes about our outlook and our outcomes. I was diagnosed decades ago with…



Building a Wall (Toward Treatment)

The language is insensitive–even incendiary: crazy, sicko, repeatedly pressing for more mental institutions like “the old days.” The comments–and their innuendos–divide–and, in the process, further stigmatize mental health. But, sadly,…



How to Begin Meditating

Meditation holds many benefits for those struggling to manage a mental illness. The obvious are stress management and improved focused. Others, such as predicting difficult episodes, are also available to…