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Mother's Day Tears
I have the handprints in a frame. I have the popsicle jewelry box. I even have the photo calendar. What I don't have is my older son. But I can't have him. Not this year.
Mental Health Stigma: The Problems that Result
(Article 2 in the Stigma Series)
My blog is called Scott Inside Out. It will highlight my bipolar experiences and strategies I use to have consistent natural mental wellness.
On the Scott Inside Out - Natural Mental wellness facebook page last week, I asked what tips people would like to learn about in terms of bipolar disorder. And also what would give them the most value. Someone responded by wanting to know how "to get going when you know you are in a low but the mud feels so thick you can't seem to drag yourself out". This person was also curious in learning how to "stop the slide" when you know that you're going downhill.
ECT Treatments for Medication Resistant Depression
Almost at the finish line
I apologize for my lack of posts for the past month. My professors have a tendency to pack all the exams at the beginning of the month and then I lose track of the times I need to submit entries in.
On the brighter side, I am four weeks away from graduation.
I graduate with a chemistry degree.
At the moment, I’m in a difficult situation, where I am trying to manage to pass my classes.
Questions for Me
Every seasonal change I ask myself a few questions. It's sort of a mental tune-up for me. It has nothing to do with asking during a mood swing because I don't have the focus to answer at those times. The seasonal timing is haphazard. I have to feel normal and it has to be a nice day.
The most courageous decision you make each day is the decision to be in a good mood.
I simply could not sleep last night. I tried, as we so often find ourselves doing, endeavouring to master and victoriously conquer the alluring and devilish seductress of sweet and life replenishing sleep.
I Petcha I'll Make You Feel Better
I have four cats. They are like my kids. I wake up every morning and go find each one and kiss them, after of course I kiss my husband! I grew up with dogs, and went through pets that taught responsibility, these were the guinea pigs, rabbits, and fish. Although keeping a fish alive is actually very difficult. My sister's goldfish lived until it was 12 years old. This is not a typo!
A Mother's Nightmare
I had been expecting the call. Finally, two and a half weeks ago it came. Not that I wanted it to come, but it didn't surprise me. Over the last couple years, I've expected it. And dreaded it too.
When I first heard the news, I was remarkably calm. All business. What needs to be done? What are the steps we take now? Who do we call? What happens next? It took almost a week for the reality to set in. Prison. He is in prison. My 20 year old bipolar son has been arrested, charged with six felonies. My son is in prison.