Does it bother you when you see things like this on Facebook posted by people whom you know do not understand mental illness? It irritates the heck out of me. I avoid Facebook to be honest because of stuff like this, but I do venture there from time to time to check on birthdays, etc. … Continue reading Appropriation?
Stealing is not something that I struggle with, or ever have, but I have known people that do when they are episodic and it's a part of this illness that has challenged me over time. For the longest time I couldn't understand how mania = shoplifting. I totally understood how mania = shopping, and I … Continue reading Stealing?
Bipolar Disorder is such a Treat Step right up and take a seat Nowhere for to run and hide On this terrifying ride Where some assume you are dead meat. Image from Pixabay
Can we talk about this? I announced yesterday on social media that I had a piece coming out on The Mighty (read it here) and that I was really excited. Easily 20 of my "friends" congratulated me and told me how happy they were for me. I posted the story today since it was published … Continue reading Stigma
With an outward Varnish of sanity, the unknowing strangers I meet, don't know I'm part of the quarter of humanity, with a mental illness walking down the street. Image from Max Pixel
If you are someone who posts memes like this, just know that I am screaming at my screen when I see them. Is it possible for there to be a more invalidating meme for someone who lives with anxiety? Really? Aside from the obvious dismissal of someone's mental health status, this kind of crap is … Continue reading Tripe
Here's an admission not everyone is comfortable making: I have been known to hear voices from time to time. It usually happens when I am extremely episodic (manic or in a mixed mania state) and I don't hear "command" voices telling me to do things. I experience voices as maybe a Snippet of a sentence, … Continue reading Voices
Please don't buy gifts for your friends or loved ones that are stigmatizing like this horrible game I saw at the store the other day. While the premise of this game seems to be something similar to the old "telephone" game, the packaging is abhorrent. I was not formerly someone who thought about the stigma … Continue reading Please
Addiction is not a moral failing. Anyone misunderstand that sentence? Addiction is not the result of someone being a bad person or having turned away from God. Addiction can happen to anyone. The minute you think you are above it, it will find you. If you think you can handle your alcohol, maybe you can't … Continue reading Addiction
I, along with several people that I know who live with Bipolar Disorder, have had to face all kinds of consequences due to this illness. Sometimes those consequences are financial and bankruptcy after manic spending, sometimes they are involvement with the court system due to out of control behavior, sometimes it's STI testing due to … Continue reading Consequences