Working on us, Week 7

*** Trigger Warning ***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. This week, I... Continue Reading →

Discharged From the Psych Ward – March 2018

I was discharged yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, my inpatient psychiatrist didn't feel that we needed to go down the ECT route; I told him that my short-term memory is finally improving since my last ECT treatment (March 2017). He talked to my outpatient psychiatrist, and they agreed that changing my mood stabilizer, Tegretol (carbamazepine) to lithium... Continue Reading →

Downshift

  TRIGGER WARNING!!! The following post discusses suicidal thoughts. If this is a trigger for you, please discontinue reading. I don't know how to drive a car with a manual transmission, but I do know that in order to slow down you have to downshift. That's exactly what has happened to whatever cheer and energy... Continue Reading →

Suicide Attempts & Self-Harm

***TRIGGER WARNING*** NOTE: If the topics of suicide and self-harm are triggers for you, I suggest you discontinue reading. I hesitate writing this because it's so personal, but having attempted suicide in the past is a part of my journey living with bipolar disorder. There have been times, even as recent as a few months... Continue Reading →

The Rx Allergy Med Episode

***TRIGGER WARNING*** NOTE: This post discusses self-harm. If that's a trigger for you, then please discontinue reading this post. Last April or May, I saw my primary care physician for a dry cough that wouldn't go away. He attributed this to allergies, and prescribed the oral (as opposed to inhaler) version of an allergy medication.... Continue Reading →

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