A Bipolar Man’s Answer to a “Bipolar Life”

We've heard the old saying "Life has its ups and downs" and The Huffington Post thinks you should read something positive that will lift you back up. I agree. I hope you find something to encourage you in this "Bipolar Life" (a life of ups and downs).

Life has Its Ups and Downs

I think this is a harsh reality that we all have to accept. Life is tough. It's why we have such phrases...


When It Hurts to Help: Why All Helpers Need a Day..

This post is dedicated to the beat up, burnt out, beyond tired, utterly exhausted, depressed, anxious, and restless spirits of the world, this is for you.  To the therapists, teachers, ministers, counselors, doctors, nurses, aides, and anyone else who serves.

We always say "Yes!":

Somewhere deep inside all of us is the feeling, want, and desire to believe we matter. It’s the reason why successful people are attractive to us because we all want...


Addicted to Approval: How to Fight Back

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
― Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life

As I write this blog, I’m reminded of the words of an old skit I used to do in church when I was younger, the words went something like this “See me, notice me, don’t you want to know me?”

The person was...


Dear Doc: A Breakup Letter

Doc and I

Author's Note:

This week will be my last session with my Psychiatrist. I've been working with her for the past 6 years. This letter is a culmination of my gratitude and feelings for our time together.  Be encouraged practitioners and patients. Sometimes, it's all about the journey.


Dear Doc,

What do I say after 6 years of laughter, smiles, hugs, anger, tears, and punches (to the couch)? How do...


Bipolar Tale: How Zoloft, A Trip to China, Good Sex, and an Eccentric Professor got me through College

The College Years

College. I remember those days. It’s hard to believe that this May will be 6 years since I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fairmont State (a small school in Fairmont, West Virginia).

I remember those days like yesterday. I remember the college ministry that I was a part of that gave me such great community and direction for life. I remember attending two different churches in hopes of a more...


What to do When You Have a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (and it’s not what you think..)

So what do you do when you have a bad day?

Do you fly off the handle?

Break things?

Are you a person who sobs uncontrollably?

Perhaps, you drink or smoke your frustrations and fears away.

Netflix binge? Of course, there is none better on a bad day. Deal with the feelings, the heartache, and the uncontrollable frustrations by throwing yourself into another’s story. An escape, perhaps?

Maybe that’s why you’re reading this. Maybe,...


Bipolar Tale: How Rainy Days, Rasslin, and a Jewish Carpenter saved my teenage life


Do you remember what it was like to be young? I mean, I’m 31, and am still considered young in many circles (believe it or not), but go back to that time where you had little responsibilities, were always fed, and you didn’t have to worry about the 9-5 lifestyle, more like 5:30-2:45.

Back to the days of Friday Night Lights, After-Prom parties, crazy red-headed Chemistry teachers (maybe just my school), and an Italian...


A Bipolar Tale: School Years and Sex Scandals

This is the start of a story within a story.

I’m going to tell my story by telling stories. Little moments and things I have picked up along the way. As a kid, I learned the value of friendship and mattering. I started to learn that family is optional and to whom you assign this value. This is the start of the story, please keep...