Mental Health

97920896_2924056897675947_4213273818279444480_oI mentioned in yesterday’s video that emotions are meant to only last 90 seconds. They peak halfway and then dissipate.

Unfortunately, we sometimes poke at our emotions. Sometimes, it’s subconscious, and we’re not even aware that we are triggering the emotion to return or stay, far longer than it’s physiologically meant to. Continue reading

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Graduating from Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Therapy

Certificate Graduation

Well, would you look at that?

I graduated.

I actually went through the entire 10 weeks, despite saying that this thing was probably not for me.

Sadly, I lost the last three weeks of in-person group therapy, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.

I was hoping that they would postpone the program and I’d be able to make up the last three weeks at a later date.

Unfortunately, they opted for one-on-one phone sessions, which were valuable, but were certainly not the same.

I was able to get all the material emailed to me.

And here we are.

I gave it a chance and I ended up loving it Continue reading “Graduating from Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Therapy”

Mental Health

How I was *FINALLY* Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

This video focuses on how I finally got diagnosed with unspecified bipolar disorder. I have complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and general anxiety disorder (GAD), as well, but this focuses more on bipolar.

Shout out to Suzy Favor Hamilton, whose book “Fast Girl,” as well as her appearance on ABC 20/20,¬†helped me understand my condition, and led me to get diagnosed.

Audible-Trial

This is just an intro. Like this post and follow my blog (top of the sidebar) to see the next few video in this series, where I discuss the difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist, the cost of one versus the other, and the highs and lows of being on anti-psychotics. I will also talk about self-medicating before I was diagnosed and the first time I used pot to cure my depression and how I landed in the hospital (it’s a HILARIOUS story). Continue reading “How I was *FINALLY* Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder”

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Resources you may actually need! #MentalHealth

I want to switch gears here a little, and jump the timeline forward to the present, and hopefully share some resources that I wish I knew much earlier on in my journey.

I’ve mentioned that my husband has schizophrenia and PTSD, stemming from his service in the US Army. I also have mental health problems of my own. To top it off, in the spring of 2013, my mom had a stroke.

It was that stroke that brought us to the ER, when we discovered that she had Stage IV Ovarian Cancer.

She underwent emergency surgery that night to install bilateral nephrostomy tubes, because the tumour was so large that her ureters were blocked, and all her pee was backing up into her kidneys.

She was sent home with medication, to wait for a debulking surgery to remove the tumour and all the affected tissue.

But shortly after she was sent home, she had two more strokes: A bleed at the old site, and another ischemic attack. Continue reading “Resources you may actually need! #MentalHealth”