Psychiatric Medication Management

One of the downsides of managing a mood disorder is that you will most likely need to control it with some sort of medication. There are antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety, and other drugs that are used to help alleviate the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses.


Mental Illness in the Workplace

Going to college was always a dream of mine while I was growing up. I dreamt of being a dentist, a music teacher, a music therapist, a neurologist, and a mental health counselor; all wonderful and interesting fields that require education and training. I...


When Depression Keeps You in Bed

It’s 4AM and the room is pitch-black. All I see is darkness. All I feel is numbness. My body aches from tossing and turning for hours on end. I want to sleep because I’m exhausted, mentally and physically, but my mind won’t let me. Thoughts won’t stop racing through my mind. They aren’t a steady stream or flow, but more like painful spikes hitting in the same spot over and over and over, just constantly screaming into the silence that fills the room.


Depression and Music

From a young age, I had a strong connection with music. The first time I discovered a “recorder”, a musical instrument similar to a clarinet, most often used to start off young children on their musical journey in school, I felt sparks fly. I was in the third grade, and it was the first time I felt a real passion for music.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar, Negative Emotion and Guilt

When you are feeling particularly emotional, tread lightly.

What I have noticed from my own experience, is that negative emotion is almost impossible to snap out of. It is harder to control, and it is extremely difficult to bounce back from after you act on it. 

Mental Health

Life With Depression

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…”

But honestly, for the past month at least, it has been the worst of times. I am no longer the vibrant sunshine and a warm breeze passing through on a summer day. I am the cold rain and a dark cloud that disrupts your plans.

That’s how I feel. That’s how I dress. That’s how I function. My brain works slower, my speech is dull and flat, and my body aches.

Mental Health

Bipolar to Me

What’s Bipolar to me? It’s waking up in the morning and struggling to find the courage to face the day. It’s lying to everyone including yourself about why you missed the exam. You were “sick with a fever”. You know that’s not true but they can’t know the truth. It’s feeling instant relief one day after months or weeks of sleeping until 2 PM.