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

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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

The Power of Words

sometimes people don't know what to say when they find I have a mental illness. I found a list from the DBSA http://www.dbsalliance.org and made a short video of things thst could be hurtful and alternatives. https://youtu.be/b7vRhQBoeqo

Don’t Use Me As A Pawn

Originally posted on Medium Note: I know this is a controversial post. I am open to discussion. I am not against any of these laws, I just don't like being presented as a problem. I have a mental illness. It is a scary one that starts with schizo… and is a thought and mood disorder. … Continue reading Don’t Use Me As A Pawn

Feeling Exposed

I have social anxiety and used to barely interact with others. Enough to do my job, get my groceries, but not much more. I have slowly been building on that and as far as overcoming my anxiety- I think I have come a long way. I have been slowly disclosing information about myself to others. … Continue reading Feeling Exposed

What Did I Get Myself Into?

I am blogging for Psych Central. I have published 2 posts so far. Shameless plug: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/   It is about schizoaffective disorder and alcoholism. I am supposed to write about 2 posts/week. Did I mention I am really insecure and worry a lot and am a bundle of nerves???? I am so afraid I am … Continue reading What Did I Get Myself Into?