There is no need to fear me

  Yes, I have a mental illness. A scary kind that starts with schiz…. But, I am not and never have been violent.  I am more likely to be the victim of a crime than the perpetrator. I am enough of a suicide risk, by that label alone, that I can not purchase life insurance. …

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My Story of Forgiveness

Originally published PsychCentral https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/07/my-story-of-forgiveness-and-mental-illness/ My mother came to visit recently. We have a past issue between us, that I have not been able to forgive. It has to do with when my brother was very symptomatic with a mental illness during my teen years. I have avoided talking about it. She always seems to want…

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Disabilities: What Not To Say

Originally published PsychCentral.com link There is a hashtag trending on twitter: #AncientAbledProverbs, started by @HijaDe2Madre. It is about things abled people say to the disabled, often unthinking, that can be hurtful or ignorant. These could be physical or mental, visible or invisible disabilities.

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Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

  Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/finding-support-for-mental-illness-and-alcoholism/ It can be hard dealing with a mental illness and/or alcoholism without support from a loved one. Perhaps, they don’t recognize it as a real problem. They may be frightened or not comprehend what is happening. Sometimes, partners may even try to sabotage your recovery. There could be…

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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 to…

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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