Category: Mental Health
On my way home from work, I heard the news. Another shooting, unknown numbers dead. My first thought was a prayer for those whose hearts are breaking tonight, and I think most of you probably responded in a similar way. Hot on the heels of this rapidly evolving news story was the comment by one politician: “we’ve got to get serious about mental health.” … Read More Know the Truth
For some time now, I’ve been depressed. Not serious, suicidal-type depression, but a low-level unhappiness that has manifested itself in several unhealthy ways. The most obvious is the stress eating. I hate to say it, but chowing down a share-size bag of Peanut M&Ms is satisfying (share-size, my butt). It makes me feel better. The problem is, I can’t eat like I used to … Read More Muddled and Down
When I find myself overwhelmed with all I face in the day ahead, I tend to stop, and do nothing. Nothing at all. There is too much, I can’t take it all in, so I do nothing. One step forward…I feed the cats. Another step or two…take a shower, brush my teeth, pull together the day’s clothing. Is everything clean? Yes. Does it still … Read More One Step
A friend of mine has been battling obesity for a long time now. It’s affecting her in a multitude of ways, physically and emotionally. Recently she made the difficult decision to address her problem surgically. That means a series of tests before the surgeon would consider her case, including a psychiatric examination. The conclusion? She wasn’t a suitable candidate. She was deeply disappointed, but still … Read More Misunderstood
Is there a balance of pain? Do people with chronic illness, loss of the precious, or injustice in their lives get a break elsewhere? We all face good times and bad times in life. Some have chronic problems, others have temporary, albeit serious, challenges. It’s hard to view the latter as temporary, however, when the consequences can stay with you for years, decades, a … Read More Better Days
I know the warning signs. I know when I’m on the edge and about to explode — or implode — emotionally. I’m close to that point now and doing everything I can to ward it off. It’s part of being bipolar, I suppose, and it’s not a fun part. The good news is I’m aware of what’s happening and I know what steps to … Read More Don’t Pull that Thread!
Dealing with mental illness…tricky. And let me say here, I’m no expert. All of the information I’ve gathered below comes from my own research, both print and interviews of professionals. It is for general information only, is a bit simplistic, and should not be considered absolute. Hopefully, however, it can lay a foundation of understanding. It helps to understand just what mental health is, … Read More Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mental Confusion