Tag: mental illness

Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mental Confusion

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

It All Adds Up the Same

I’ve spent some time, not a lot, but some, imagining what my life would be like now if I’d made different decisions. It happens most often at night, when I’m alone and not much is on TV, none of the books I have appeal to me and I simply cannot play one more game of solitaire on my phone. I sit and ponder. What makes … Read More It All Adds Up the Same

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In Desperate Times Come Feet of Fur

Today at work the owner’s dog, Thelma Lou, wasn’t there to greet me in her usual overly-exuberant manner. We’d known there had been problems. They’d been going on for days, but weren’t clearly identifiable symptoms. It started when she began running away from me and my colleagues instead of bowling us over with affection. She was fearful and timid, and we puzzled over the … Read More In Desperate Times Come Feet of Fur

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There is Help, There is Hope

Today I met a couple who are celebrating their 49th anniversary. That’s a long time of loving another person. Bill, the husband, is a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD. He and Joy were married before he left to serve in that war, and she’s watched the symptoms grow over the years since he got back. Like so many, it’s gotten worse as time has … Read More There is Help, There is Hope

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strength from all sources — a year of blogging

This year, like the last several, I’ll be spending Christmas day alone. Well, I’ll be working in the morning, but by choice, once the work is done, I’ll go home and spend the rest of the day by myself. Last year I spent part of Christmas starting this blog. You wouldn’t know it to look at my archives; that’s largely in part because anything … Read More strength from all sources — a year of blogging

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please understand me: being savvy about mental illness

Mental illness is challenging. Most people with mental illness, or their loved ones, want to have a well-rounded understanding of what’s happening. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to come by accurate information, or at least to know where to look. There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding out there about mental illnesses, and many, even those diagnosed with one disorder or another, don’t … Read More please understand me: being savvy about mental illness

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