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Addiction

Chronic Pain and Depression

It was about a year and a half ago now when I first heard from my physician about the correlation between bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia. I was experiencing some minor back pain that was causing numbness in my legs and arms in certain positions. I’m not a doctor, but it was obvious to me that something was pinched in my back. Not being happy with this somewhat flippant mention of fibromyalgia, I went to see a chiropractor for the first time. After the first few sessions, I seemed to feel a slight improvement but then things got much worse. I saw a physiotherapist who used Intramuscular Stimulation, among other treatments, to help me get back on my feet. Thankfully after about four weeks with this amazing physiotherapist I was pain free, up until a few weeks ago.



Alternative Therapy

The Psychology of Dreams

Autumn really is my favorite time of year, but the shorter days and longer nights really don’t go well with this bipolar brain of mine – at first. Because I have been doing so well with self care and managing my illness, saying no and making sure not to over extend myself (especially after that mixed episode awhile back) my symptoms have shown up in a strange new ways. I am struggling with sleep issues again, but it’s not typical insomnia like when I’m fighting mania. I’m falling asleep just fine, it’s dreams that are waking me and I’m having a terrible time getting back to sleep after these dreams, and we all know how important sleep is to a healthy life, especially one battling bipolar disorder.

These dreams that I have been having have been powerfully vivid. What is keeping me up after is reflecting on these dreams, so I have decided it’s time to start a journal and call a psychotherapist that I was referred to last year for a few sessions to talk specifically about dreams. I spoke briefly with my psychiatrist last year about dreams after she prescribed me a smoking cessation medication which contributed to my autumn depression a great deal, but gave me some intense dreams, and we covered the basics about dreams and psychology and it peaked my interest enough to find a woman who specializes in this area.



Advocates

The Best Facebook Pages You Should Be Following


I started a mental health awareness and support page called The Lithium Chronicles on Facebook on Valentines Day 2013 and it has not only been a big support to my followers but to me as well. I have spent hours pouring my heart and soul into that page, and it shows. I do it for the 26,500 people that follow it, as well as for myself. It's a labour of love and while it can be triggering at times, I would never give it up. I believe that Facebook is filled with some amazing pages that help people on their journey, and I want to share some of my favorites with you today.



Accountabilty

Do Birthdays get a Bad Rap?

Remember being young and counting down the sleeps until your big day when you were finally an entire year older? Those were great days. I don't see much of that anymore, and I'm guilty of it too, but now I have two beautiful little girls counting down the sleeps for me, so I'm excited again. It's two more sleeps until my birthday. I was thinking about all of the reasons why my birthday no longer excites me and I think I may have given it a bum rap, and here's why:



Abusive Realtionships

Nature VS Nurture

I have been so fortunate to cross paths with one of the loveliest ladies that I have been lucky enough to now consider a friend. This wonderful person has had a tough road to say the very least. She has not only had to cut ties with the people in her life that have been closest to her, but has also been put onto a path where she has had to choose to reevaluate her life, in essence this comes at a very high cost. She is learning to love herself again after years of being told she is not worthy of love. Her path is rocky, and her will to carry on is forged out of sheer strength and determination. I am in awe of her and her strength, and she is a beacon of light and hope to so many, even if she doesn't realize that yet.



Moods

The Moon and Our Moods

So much research has been done regarding the lunar effect and whatever your belief may be regarding it, I’m going to share a little of my experience on this appropriately special night. Tonight is The Super Blood Moon Eclipse and we haven’t had one of those since 1982 and wont see one again until 2033. As I type this on my deck, I have the most amazing view of this stunning...


Abusive Realtionships

Social Media Injustice



lynch mob

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noun

a group of people who condemn and punish a person without a fair trial“      He claimed that they had been the victims of a racist lynch mob.”

a group of people who criticize someone severely and try to bring about the person's downfall“      Something approaching a lynch mob has been gathering against the Chancellor for even daring to consider higher interest rates.”, “      It is in the...


Abusive Realtionships

The Power of Empowering

There are countless opportunities to lift someone's spirits, boost their confidence, and acknowledge their effort, and too often these moments go unnoticed. Sometimes we get so busy or so wrapped up in our own lives that we fail to recognize the accomplishments that others are achieving. When we stop and tip our hats to other people we are not only encouraging them, but we are also empowering them as well, and that is a lovely idea.



Alternative Therapy

Let’s Slow Down

I have been fighting off a flu bug for the past few days so I've been taking it pretty easy and I'm finally starting to feel great again. Unfortunately I've fallen behind schedule on a few things so I was panicked this morning before I got the kids off to school and I felt myself start to kick into hyper gear. You know that feeling when you wake up late and you're rushed all day long and can't catch up? Yeah, that feeling, it's not pleasant and when I get to that point that's when I start moving too fast and my stress level peaks. I'm going to make a conscious effort to work on this knee-jerk reaction of mine and see where it takes me.