How Am I?

  Ahhh... the question that I think most people with mental illness hate answering. How are you (or how have you been)? The first thought that pops into my mind is "Does this person really want to know or are they just asking for the sake of asking?". You know, some people just follow social … Continue reading How Am I?

The Holidays Aren’t Happy For Everyone, And That’s Okay

This post originally appeared on International Bipolar Foundation's website: http://www.ibpf.org/blog/holidays-aren%E2%80%99t-happy-everyone-and-that%E2%80%99s-okay It’s that time of year again. December. The holidays are approaching. Time off school for students, perhaps time off work for those whose offices close (or who take time off), time to travel for some, staycations for others. A chance to spend time with family … Continue reading The Holidays Aren’t Happy For Everyone, And That’s Okay

What Happens If You Let Anxiety Get The Best Of You?

This post first appeared on International Bipolar Foundation's website: http://www.ibpf.org/blog/what-happens-if-you-let-anxiety-get-best-you You don’t want anxiety to win, but let’s face it; sometimes it happens. I say don’t be hard on yourself when it does. Anxiety and bipolar disorder seem to really like each other- a lot. Or at least that's what my experience has been. Anxiety came … Continue reading What Happens If You Let Anxiety Get The Best Of You?

Mental Health Awareness Q&A With David Susman, PhD

This post originally appeared on International Bipolar Foundation's website: http://www.ibpf.org/blog/mental-health-awareness-qa-david-susman-phd-0 Mental health awareness is a term that we are hearing more and more these days- and May is an important month for us mental health advocates! In Canada, the first week of May is designated as Mental Health Week, which was first introduced in 1951 by … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Q&A With David Susman, PhD

How Do You Describe Bipolar States?

This post first appeared on Healthy Minds Canada's website: https://healthymindscanada.ca/describe-bipolar-states/   I watched the documentary Bright Lights with my friend this weekend. Bright Lights is the HBO documentary about Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. It is a very honest documentary. There are parts that will make you smile and laugh, tear up and possibly cry, and nod in agreement. … Continue reading How Do You Describe Bipolar States?

How to Practice Compassion

This blog first appeared on Healthy Minds Canada's website: https://healthymindscanada.ca/how-to-practice-compassion/ I’ve written before about how powerful and overwhelming thoughts can be. When you are feeling anxious or feeling depressed, or a combination of both, you have thoughts that are hard to process and thoughts that lead to further feelings of distress. These thoughts are real to you and … Continue reading How to Practice Compassion

Functional Anxiety

This post first appeared on Healthy Minds Canada's website: https://healthymindscanada.ca/functional-anxiety/ If dysthymia is persistent mild depression, is there a clinical term for persistent mild anxiety? There should be. I’ve been feeling a chronic, mild state of anxiety for so long. I’m going to call it functional anxiety. I have established a “baseline” anxiety and “baseline” depression level. … Continue reading Functional Anxiety

Talking About Bell Let’s Talk

This post first appeared on Healthy Minds Canada's website: https://healthymindscanada.ca/talking-bell-lets-talk/ When you feel “different”, and have difficulty “fitting in”, attending social events where you know few people is difficult. You hate being left alone even for a moment, because you are unable to start a simple conversation with another person. With depression and anxiety, socializing is … Continue reading Talking About Bell Let’s Talk