Thoughts Are Not Facts, a Mindfulness Truth

So, when you really think about it, you will recognize that thoughts come to you in a pretty random way. They appear seemingly out of nowhere, and only stick around in your head if you ruminate upon them. As a wise person recently pointed out to me, think of your thoughts as neither good nor…

Art is a Valid (and Meaningful) Form of Therapy

Creating something beautiful while you are suffering is cathartic. Making meaning out of chaos is satisfying. Having something tangible to show for your nebulous pain is meaningful. Throughout my battle with Bipolar I, I get that many times I have allowed my illness to keep my spirit down. I have wallowed. I have cursed Fate….

In Defense of Spouses of Those With Bipolar Disorder

I have been feeling very remorseful for my recent depiction of my marriage as “abusive.” My husband and I have a very complicated relationship, and I can see more fully than ever before that the real root cause of our dysfunction is, of course, my Bipolar I Disorder with Psychotic Features. Let me explain… Yes,…

Relying on Zen Wisdom to Make Sound Life Choices

So, for those of you who have been reading my latest posts, you know that my husband is physically and mentally abusing me (in the past and currently as of June 2019). I tried to have a “come together” discussion with him yesterday while our daughter was on a play date. The results were a…