A pause from automatic thinking

My husband was grumpy and moody over the weekend. I automatically go to being a frightened child thinking I did something wrong and am 100% to blame. That I am guilty and have to fix things. I started assuming what could be wrong. I thought maybe he was resentful about housework, so I took care … Continue reading A pause from automatic thinking

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The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

In my opinion, this is my best yet 🙂 Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/the-stigma-of-co-occurring-disorders/   There is a great deal of stigma attached with both mental illnesses and addictions. That is one reason I talk about my experiences. So, others won’t feel alone, and, to put a face to these conditions. It is scary … Continue reading The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

Its Still Okay

https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/its-still-okay/ unbolt.me choose your challenge https://unbolt.me/choose-your-challenge-2/ #ItsStillOkay challenge Here are the rules: 1. Copy the logo and description 2. Write your perspective for #ItsStillOkay 3. Spread the challenge by keeping open nomination or by nominating at-least five fellow bloggers. I don't know who to nominate, but feel free to nominate yourself   The man had … Continue reading Its Still Okay

Symbiosis- Daily Prompt

Symbiosis When I read the word, my first thought was 'lichen', the part fungus, part algae that grows on rocks, i knew they were somehow interdependent. But, when I actually investigated (googled) I found the word means a relationship between organisms that live closely together. So yes lichen, but, much more. Dependence on each other … Continue reading Symbiosis- Daily Prompt

Mothering and Mental illness

Originally posted on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/parenting-and-mental-illness/ It is natural to wonder if you are a "good enough" mother. This can be amplified with mental illness. My children were ages 2 and 4 when I had a psychotic break. I was hospitalized twice that year After that, I needed help doing basic tasks for a while. … Continue reading Mothering and Mental illness

Trusting Your Moods With Schizoaffective Disorder

First published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/trusting-your-moods-with-schizoaffective-disorder/ I have a thought and mood disorder called schizoaffective disorder. It is similar to bipolar disorder, in that I have mood swings with periods of mania and depression. When I was treated for my first severe manic episode I was heavily sedated and slowly titrated down on the medications. When … Continue reading Trusting Your Moods With Schizoaffective Disorder

Reaching One Person

I feel that if I can help one person by sharing my story it has been worthwhile. I made this video for "Mental Health Justice" (not my best look) and got the most amazing reply. I am withholding the author's name for privacy. I really have no idea what I could have said that helped, … Continue reading Reaching One Person

Feeling Vulnerable

I have disclosed a lot. Nothing left to hide. A lot of people knew I had a mental health diagnosis. The alcohol was not really a secret but I never used the word 'alcoholic'. I thought I might feel free, not having secrets, but right now I feel uneasy. I hope I did the right … Continue reading Feeling Vulnerable

Coping With Schizoaffective Disorder

Originally published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/coping-with-my-mental-health-symptoms/ With schizoaffective disorder and social anxiety, I have a number of different types of symptoms to cope with. For me, psychotic symptoms can be the hardest to deal with. The first thing I turn to is medication. I have tried a few of the newer atypical anti-psychotics and fortunately, I … Continue reading Coping With Schizoaffective Disorder

Someone Has A Sense of Humor

I have attended a few Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. They are supposed to be more of a spiritual, than a religious program. I never felt like I belonged at the few meetings I went to. It also felt more religious than I am comfortable with, from the higher power, to the Serenity Prayer. I looked … Continue reading Someone Has A Sense of Humor