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Mental Illness is a Lonely Disease

Mental Illness is a Lonely Disease

Let’s pull out the good old thesaurus to attempt to define a feeling that is so prominent when you are diagnosed with mental illness:

> Singleness

>Alienation

>Isolation

Now, I usually pepper these definitions with a large amount of sarcasm because, usually, they are bloody ridiculous. Having said this, the above definitions make sense on my end. Mental Illness has alienated me, isolated me, and made me feel singular–not the same as others. That’s what I want to explore in this blog: mental illness can make us feel terribly lonely and in order to recover we need to work to understand that while mental illness can make us feel isolated, we can move past it.

Mental Illness is a Lonely Disease

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Bipolar Disorder and Drinking

Bipolar Disorder and Drinking

Last night I drank.

Alcohol.

OK. You probably don’t need to alert the media. But I do need to alert you about the horrible effects alcohol can have on a person with bipolar disorder.

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Your Baggage Is Your Baggage

Your Baggage Is Your Baggage

My ex-husband expertly diverted many of our arguments by accusing me of mishandling my baggage. Two examples spring to mind:

  1. I did not ever deal with the rapes, and therefore I hated men and he couldn’t talk to me,
  2. I idolized my mother and her decision to leave my dad (for another man, in his opinion), and therefore I was not committed to our marriage and he couldn’t talk to me.

Back in the day, hearing these statements led me directly into self-examination or defiance. If I told him I would think about what he said (self-exam), then I only considered his take on the matter (Do I hate men? Am I unsure of my commitment?). Of course, immediate defiance put me squarely in a defensive position, directing the argument into a series of “You always” and“You never” statements that escalated and diverted the argument from the actual topic.

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Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

If you’ve read my previous posts about my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 6, you may understand my mixed emotions surrounding his release after only six days. On one hand, I was happy to have my boy home, and to no longer be under the scrutiny of the hospital staff. On the other, I couldn’t help but think six days was a very short time to turn Bob into a “normal,” functional kindergarten student.

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Depression is Family Disease, So Let’s Talk About It

Depression is Family Disease, So Let’s Talk About It

Depression is a family disease. Not just because it runs in families—but because it can ruin families.

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. I am a happily married man with three wonderful children, and yet I suffer from depression. And my depression affects the whole family.

Children are incredibly perceptive. My 8-year-old picks up on it even when my bouts with depression aren’t so severe. My 10-year-old keeps things inside, so he rarely comments about it, but he notices.

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How Clergy Can Help People With Mental Illness

How Clergy Can Help People With Mental Illness

Spirituality can ease the pain of mental illness, but where should clergy start when working with someone with severe mental illness? Here are some suggestions for clergy members who wish to help people with mental illness and their families.

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Putting Your Recovery First

Putting Your Recovery First

The topic for this blog came from a phone conversation with someone in-my-circle-of-people-I-appreciate-and-trust. That’s a mouthful. In other words: I have a difficult time trusting people. And this person, whom I have known for a verrrry long time (who I love very much), called me one the morning. As she usually does. Without hesitation.

So, What Happened?

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I Have ADHD. Now What?

I Have ADHD. Now What?

ADHD affects conservatively about 5-8% of the world’s population. With the world’s population being around 7 billion…that’s a lot of people struggling with inattention, impulsivity or distractibility! Since math has never been my best academic subject, comprehending such a number has always been a bit hard for me. I guess it means that if I’m sitting in a room of 30 people, at least two or three of those people have a creative, overly active, easily distractible brain just like mine. Or when my child struggles in school, I know I am not alone, because approximately 200 other students/families are struggling with the same academic, homework, discipline and family chaos that me, my child and my family are experiencing.

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Psychiatric Drugs and Weight Gain + Video

Psychiatric Drugs and Weight Gain + Video

Yes, psychiatric drugs can cause weight gain. It’s not a rumor; it’s not a myth; it’s true. It’s one of the most unfortunate things about medication.

But what can you do about drug-related weight gain?

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IDIOT Syndrome To Be Debuted At Tournament Of Neuroses Parade

IDIOT Syndrome To Be Debuted At Tournament Of Neuroses Parade

Q: What is the definition of a split-second?

A: How long it takes the idiot behind you to honk after the light changes.

We all know him; the ill-mannered dolt snarling behind the wheel of a late-model luxury import, razor-edge aggressive, always at the ready to ensure that others make the sacrifices so essential to his success. He lives in the passing lane, climbing up from behind, riding bumpers, and flashing his lights. This is the guy who enjoys calling colleagues for no other reason than to put them on hold.

While none of us know him personally we do have the sense it would be easy to spot him at a party. Rude, impatient, obnoxious and tiresome! We all agree he’s a scourge, a menace, and a self-indulgent narcissistic cad – we love to hate him.

However, our wrath may soon be coming to an end as we revise our opinion and assume a kinder, gentler attitude. Why? Because, according to the AMA, AAA, AA, AARP and AAMCO what we are witnessing is no mere random amalgam of anti-social habits but symptoms of the latest in a long string of newly isolated illnesses.

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