“Grey’s Anatomy” Portrays Bipolar Disorder Accurately

“Grey’s Anatomy” has been my favorite show from the get—from 27 to 43, I have been on the edge of my seat, laughing and crying during practically every episode. But, it was last season when Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator, made the decision to portray a bipolar character, that I really became glued to my…

Confessions of a Shopaholic

It occurred to me last night, after I purchased 10 Christmas pillows, supplies for my family to make several Christmas ornaments at our Thanksgiving holiday weekend extravaganza, another shower curtain for the office bathroom and various art supplies for my craft room, that I might be a shopaholic…the evidence has been all around me in…

How Much of A Person’s Behavior is Based on Bipolar Disorder?

Last night, my husband said, “you’re doing it again—you’re making too big a deal out of Thanksgiving—you’re building it up and making too much of it with all this planning and you’re just going to get disappointed after it comes and goes and it ends up not living up to your expectations. You always do…

So Excited To Be Healthy For The Holidays!

I realized today, on the official beginning of holiday season 2020, that I am symptom-free and can reasonably expect to be for this year’s festivities! I am so relieved since I was sick the last four years. I love the holidays: being with my family and extended family, cooking, gift-giving, decorating the house, making a…

Chemically Balanced Again!

I recognized that I was depressed without the Gabapentin. Life seemed really bleak and difficult, arduous and thanklessly hard. For two weeks, I found myself constantly on the verge of tears, feeling like I was losing at the battle of life, always feeling like I had to catch myself before I fell off the side…

A Fortunate Realization Long Overdue

So, it took me a little while to put the pieces together, but my mood has been swinging in the depressed range for a week now. This is a result of taking Gabapentin for Fibromyalgia, a medication which caused me to become hypomanic, and for which I stopped taking it; not realizing until this afternoon…

An Unfortunate Turn of Events

I usually try to take the challenges I encounter because I’m bipolar and write about them here in a safe and secure place, hoping to inspire those of you who also have a diagnosis to keep working to improve yourselves and not to quit. Unfortunately, today’s article is not going to be that kind of…

Meditation is Dependably Calming

Whenever I’m feeling stressed and strained and I have the time, I try to take thirty minutes to sit and do my guided meditation. I usually doubt it will relieve the pressure I am feeling, and I am usually pleasantly surprised to discover that if I can just convince myself to invest the thirty minutes,…

Finding Insight In “Mental (2018)” on My Father’s Birthday

“People say we all come full circle, but I don’t think we ever really do. Time is really the biggest thing there is, and it has us for good or ill. I know I’ve spent so much time fighting against myself, fighting for an image that wasn’t me, when I should have been fighting for…