3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I've heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I've listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer, [...]

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

Today, I feel normal… so normal that I might just cry. To someone who has no personal ties to a mood disorder, this statement may seem odd, even bizarre. Why would someone be so emotional about feeling just “okay”?   Thank you Charlotte Underwood so much for letting me write a guest blog post for [...]

You are my SUNSHINE [Blogger Award]!

You are my SUNSHINE [Blogger Award]!

  I got nominated by mental health blogger Fiona (@likeas_thewaves) for my first ever blog award! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for this award! It is an honor!   So, if you are a member of the blogging community, you may have heard of the Sunshine Blogger Award. If not, basically it is:   The [...]

Collab: M3 TentTalk’s “Starfish Stories”

Collab: M3 TentTalk’s “Starfish Stories”

A few weeks ago, M3 TentTalk contacted me regarding a guest post opportunity for their new Starfish Stories series. The theme of the "Starfish Stories" posts is "we can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone"... so illustrate either how I have helped someone or how someone has helped me. Using that theme as my [...]

Yes, I’m the “Difficult Patient”… and I’m Not Sorry.

Yes, I’m the “Difficult Patient”… and I’m Not Sorry.

Dear past in-patient psychiatrists,   Imagine having your freedom stripped from you "for your own good." Imagine that consisting of: being handcuffed, placed in the back of a police car, locked in a psychiatric ward for a unspecified amount of time.   Being in a psychiatric unit can feel so dehumanizing...   In the psychiatric [...]

3 Changes Linked to my Mania

3 Changes Linked to my Mania

Hypomania or mania can feature many noticeable differences. Some of those are clearly visible, while others are not. While everyone experiences mood episodes differently, I wanted to share 3 ways hypomania and mania change me.   Changes in writing: "Writer's block" does not present as an issue. Some describe this as a "flow", when writing [...]