Subpar

My picture from underneath the Mackinac Bridge on a cloudy day.  Today I let being too tired and too overscheduled get to me. I was anxious, irritable, wired and my nerves were raw.  I acknowledge that I set myself up for this. Obviously I didn't do it on purpose. I thought I was rocking it, … Continue reading Subpar

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Recovery 

The word "recovery" gets tossed around in mental health circles all of the time but I am not sure what it means.  Does it mean that I am well enough that I don't need services anymore? I don't think I ever get to the place where I don't need a psychiatrist and therapist to help … Continue reading Recovery 

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I am a 30 freaking 7 year old woman living in my parents' house. I completely understand that they have their own quirks and ways they want things done.  I don't understand how, no matter which space I live in, I have zero privacy. I literally just convinced my mom, after 37 years of barging … Continue reading 37

Mightier! 

My most recent article was published today in The Mighty. You can find it here: Three Ways Being My Own Advocate Has Helped My Mental Health Recovery I have an older story there as well describing what mixed episodes feel like for me.  You can find that one here: What It's Like to Experience Mixed … Continue reading Mightier! 

Frozen

About three years ago, I was in a psychiatric unit (nothing new for me) except this time the psychiatric PA determined that she needed to start with a clean slate. She discontinued all of my psychiatric medication and started me on just one. Sadly, within 3 days of discharge I had serious reactions to that … Continue reading Frozen

Seven

If I were one of the Seven Dwarfs today, I would most assuredly be Sleepy.  Goodness. Apparently being on my feet for just the 3 hours straight was enough to wear me out!!  I just took a (interrupted) four hour nap. No joke. Now of course I worry about sleeping tonight. We'll see if I'm … Continue reading Seven

Arrived!!!

Today is the day!!!! I start my volunteer gig today at the food pantry. I'm pretty excited.  I'm also a little nervous because it's a new environment with new people and new things to learn, but I think it will be very rewarding. It's such a great organization with such a great mission. I just … Continue reading Arrived!!!