I ran across an interesting conversation about this subject recently so I figured it'd be good blog fodder. Chronic illness: Continuing a long time or recurring frequently. Mental illness belongs in that definition too. It matters. It is a medical condition caused by a *physical* chemical imbalance and it comes with a set of spoons … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Chronic Illness
Before I dive deep on this please know I am in a stable place. I would have to be to even write this. Please keep any comments kind and supportive as this is easily one of the most vulnerable posts for me since I've started years ago. Ever see those "8 things a bipolar person … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Violence of the Mind
For years I have said "I am bipolar" when talking about my illness. Now, in therapy lately I've been challenged to rethink how I relate to bipolar and its impact on my life. Now I say "I *have* bipolar" which is very different for me and how I hear it. People's reactions to my disclosure … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Who Am I, Really?
Better to dance with the devil you know than the one you don’t, right? If I had known how things were going to turn out there are some choices I might make differently. What I’ve discovered though is that mistakes are lessons to learn. These might be painful to recall and process (with or without … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: The Dance
I've never thought of myself as someone who would need a small sapling worth of post-its just to keep me organized. I have a paper organizer. I have a fancy-dancy digital organizer. I have my phone calendar and notes. Hell, I even have a "sticky notes" app on my laptop. Why so many? Because I … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Remind me. Please.