Tag Archives: mental illness

We’re all on this lifeboat

What is a diagnosis of ‘mental illness?’ The quick and essentially correct answer, is the meeting of criteria for an illness is the DSM V. In addition, mental health professionals can make ‘educated guesses’ based on firsthand experience with a … Continue reading

Posted in bipolar, books, Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD, counseling, death, depression, kindness, loneliness, peace, PTSD, self care, self-harm, society, stigma, suicide | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Trigger Warning – Foul Language

Yesterday, I visited my family doctor yesterday whom I haven’t seen since September. She was very interested in my BPD diagnosis and had felt that the previous diagnosis of Bipolar2 was pretty accurate based on the symptoms I had described … Continue reading

Posted in bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD, death, depression, funny, mental health, Podcast, PTSD | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

My Depression Top Ten Hits (plus one)

re-run of previous column for the latecomers. . .  Note: not all of the videos are showing up. Just click on the links.  It has become trendy among the various blogs and websites covering mental illness, to feature lists of … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, bipolar, getting old, mental health, music, radio, regret, self care, self-harm | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

A Modest Proposal

It just hit me this morning. As a Federal employee, I assumed that whatever havoc Trumpcare would wreak on the population, our benefits under the Federal Employee Healthcare Benefits (FEHB) plans would not be affected. I forgot a few things … Continue reading

Posted in death, insurance, meds, mental health, suicide | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recovery is a myth

I always love going to the ‘hip mentally ill media,’ i.e. The Mighty, OC87 Recovery Diaries, etc., and reading these stories from media people about their ‘recovery’ from some mental illness or another. In the story, hyperlinked above, Liz Spikol … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, bipolar, depression, meds, mental health, middle age, social anxiety, society, stigma, suicide, TEDx | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Depression Top Ten Hits (plus one)

Note to readers (all six of you): the muse has not been friendly the last six weeks, ergo, nothing from me. As I’ve said before it’s not that I didn’t want to write or have anything to say, but when … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, bipolar, getting old, mental health, music, radio, regret, self care, self-harm | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment