Working on Us, Week 6

On her blog, Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. The rules are below. This week, I... Continue Reading →

Ketamine Infusion

Two or 3 years ago I had been depressed for so long, despite taking various medications and having ECT, that my psychiatrist told me about another treatment: ketamine infusion. Yep, that ketamine. They insert an IV in your arm, which is connected to a ketamine drip. Then you sit in a comfy chair for about... Continue Reading →

I Think I Need Klonopin

. . . but I don't know. Some of you may roll your eyes, but I'm going to write about martial arts class again. Getting there is a big challenge for me right now. Very recently, I wrote a post called No More Klonopin, which was basically about going off the drug. Now, my anxiety is... Continue Reading →

Lithium and Hair Loss

Recently, like in the last week, I've noticed that my hair's falling out: there's hair in the sink that wasn't there before. I'm not going bald nor is my hair thinning, but it's definitely falling out. So I did some research about lithium side effects and hair loss. Apparently, lithium affects the thyroid in such... Continue Reading →

No More Klonopin

I was taking Klonopin (clonazepam) for my anxiety for like, 5 years. I didn't feel that it was helping me any longer, so my psychiatrist at PHP #4 successfully weaned me off of it. He was surprised that I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms, while I was glad that I didn't. It's been about a month... Continue Reading →

Lithium Shakes

Shortly after I began taking lithium, I noticed that my hands started shaking, not a lot -- you'd have to look at my hand up close or something in order to see it. Then it got worse. My thumb and forefinger would jump the way your knee does when a doctor hits you there with... Continue Reading →

I Lost 10 lbs.

Some of you may know about my weight troubles. Anyway, I lost 10 lbs. since this past April, so it's been about 2 months. I stopped eating candy, ate smaller portions, and began using the treadmill. I also started going to PHP #4 in April. Having to get up early, get dressed, and leave the... Continue Reading →

“Mental” by Jaime Lowe

NOTE: This isn't a book review. Just my thoughts. ☺️ The full title for this book is Mental: Love, Lithium, and Losing My Mind. The author, a journalist, writes about her experience with bipolar from the time she was 16. The book opens with her going through a manic episode as a teenager. As such,... Continue Reading →

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