I put my plants out on the sill to enjoy the sunshine while I haven’t glanced, but a few times, at the sunlight. I’ve lost the bounce that I had yesterday. I don’t know where it went. The Lithium has calmed down. It will probably be that way for awhile until it settles into nothingness and I’ll once again have to increase it in the dream that it will achieve bipolar stability. Oh, if it wasn’t for the damn shakes, I would be stable right now! If I increased my Geodon, I would feel as close to normal as I’ve felt since before my diagnosis. But, instead, I’m trying to slowly increase my Lithium. Please bring me bipolar stability without the shakes!
It is said by those in the know that adults with ADHD have a low tolerance for frustration leading to road-rage. That they are impatient and quickly prone to think "Oh, no! Here we go again!" Then they either withdraw, or get behind a wheel and take their anger out on the world like I used to do. I say "used to" because my mother reads this and we wouldn't want her to get the wrong idea. My daughters on the other hand . . . well, it's too late for them. My frustration and road rage is an event that just can't hide.
Over the years of struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, I have gone through many learning experiences and trials. For a long time, I tried to keep up appearances that my life was perfect and I could handle anything. In panicky situations, I would sort of lie to people by telling them I wasn’t feeling well but never really explained why. Or I would just leave. After years of “not feeling well” at family gatherings, people started coming up with their own conclusions. This only made things worse.
I haven’t felt like the best bipolar me in over two weeks. The Lithium finally kicked in and I was sick. I was nauseous after my night time meal and so drowsy during the day that I could barely keep my eyes open. I let it continue for two weeks. I thought that I just had to get used to it. Fortunately, I got tired of it and decided to do a little research. I found some information on Lithium and nausea that suggested that I split up my dosage into morning and night instead of just dosing at night. The results were amazing. I started to become the best bipolar me.
Raising a child is hard enough. Having a child with an addiction can be a living hell; a nightmare of constant heartache and worry. This week, on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we're focusing on parents of addicts - what they do right, wrong, and how to draw the line in helping an addicted child (teen or adult).
I find that many people are looking for safe alternative treatments to help with their anxiety besides medication. I have mentioned several before such as relaxation techniques, yoga, deep breathing techniques, positive affirmations, changes to your diet, building your self-esteem, etc. However another option worth considering is taking vitamins. Specifically, vitamins B and C are geared towards reducing stress and anxiety.
Hooboy! My ADHD Fuddy Duddy System™ failed me last weekend. Perhaps more correctly, I should say I failed my system. Good thing I know how to laugh at myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be the best bipolar me and what my father’s advice to me would be. The first time I told him I was suicidal, he merely said to pull myself up by my bootstraps. I resented the hell out of it. I felt powerless to do anything about my situation and my father insinuating that all I had to do is pull myself up was, I thought, disillusioning on his part. I was suffering from bipolar disorder and it was out of my control. How could I then control it when it controlled me?
A common problem every parent faces is how to assess and deal with behavior problems in children.  Unfortunately, kids don't come with a manual and most of us learn parenting skills from our own parents and how they raised us.  Sometimes, that's not enough when you're dealing with a child who presents special parenting challenges.
Can exercise be an effective alternative ADHD treatment? Will I ever get up off the couch to find out?

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Morgan Meredith
So true, Lizanne - we often end up even more stressed when we have to say no.
Lizanne Corbit
These are powerful messages and reminders. It's so important for us to realize the impact that childhood messages have on our adult lives. The interactions we have as children create a foundation that we build on as adults, whether we realize it or not. Wonderful read. Thank you for sharing.
Lizanne Corbit
That fear of isolation is so real, and I love how vulnerable and real you are in addressing these fears. I think what I love most about this read though is how you say the fears shaped you. This is so powerful, and so beautiful: "out of the ashes of fear came love and strength"
Lizanne Corbit
I love coming across reads like this. This is something so many of us come up against, but actually, rarely talk about. For many, declining an invitation can come with a great deal of stress. I love your simple tips for walking yourself through the process and the gentle reminder that it's perfectly acceptable to give the occasional "no" response.
I'm glad you don't deny that some people have been harmed by psychiatry / pharmaceutical companies. However I find the tone of this article very patronizing - particularly your philosophy of "non-engagement" with anyone who might have a perspective different than yours.

I will review the studies you linked (thanks) but you - and others like "Sarah" - would do well to remember that much of the progress that has been made has been because of the "antipsychiatrists".

In my view there's a concerted effort (funded in part by those vested interests) to label all criticism - valid and otherwise - as "anti-psychiatry" so as to categorize all opposition as pseudo-scientific and silence victims.

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