Imagine if a detective arrived at a crime scene, labeled the crime a murder, then announced that their job was done. That's not a complete job! The "what" (i.e. murder) is NOT enough information. The job is far from over; in fact, the case is just beginning! What was the weapon? Who caused this [...]
Gaming Disorder: What is it?
Many people hear the term “gaming disorder” and instantly have strong reactions. Some find it ridiculous to label a fun hobby as a disorder. Others claim that gaming truly can be addictive and harmful. Parents may even instantly try to diagnosis their kids who seem to play Fortnite too much. To be clear, if you [...]
Psych Ward Facts: Mulan Style
Hospital showers can be freezing. FREEZING. Nurses may flood your room with light every 15 minutes... as you attempt to sleep... then act frustrated/confused the next morning over your lack of sleep... sigh... Sometimes, you want a BREAK from people. Just a little break... but you are CONFINED TO THE PSYCHIATRIC FLOOR. [...]
My Hospital Story: As Told by ‘Psych’
“Before you can conquer a beast, you first must make it beautiful” -KRJ
"The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast you first must make it beautiful. In some strange way, I have tried to do that with manic-depressive illness. It has been a fascinating, albeit deadly, enemy and companion; I have found it to be seductively complicated, a distillation both of what [...]
Keeping Bipolar Disorder a Secret…
What is my diagnosis?
Initial diagnosis: "acute depression" Given that this fails to take into account numerous symptoms of psychopathology which I have experienced i.e. anxiety, mania; this label does not fit. My frustration with my misdiagnosis has led me to seek my own answer. I mean... who knows me better than me? Who can better identify triggers for [...]