Planning Ahead Helps Reduce Stress

I have a difficult time doing anything that is not in my normal schedule. Even if it’s as simple as going to a new store to go shopping, meeting someone at a restaurant I’ve never been to before, or going to a get together at a family member’s or friend’s house. I do my best […]

Bipolar & Employment

Many people with bipolar disorder hold down jobs, just like everyone else. We get up, swear in traffic, survive on coffee and rant about our bosses behind their backs. But people with bipolar disorder or another mental illness have special challenges when it comes to work. We’re sick more often, we need time off for […]

The Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is an often misunderstood mood disorder. As with most mental health issues, there is more awareness around bipolar disorder, but that awareness isn’t always accurate. Bipolar disorder involves severe mood shifts from depression to mania. These mood swings are not short lived, like a typical bad or great day, but are disruptive to […]

What We Don’t Want To Do

You’re flying down the freeway, three lanes of traffic jousting for position in anticipation of their upcoming off ramps. To your left, through  blur of grey cement guard rail and lightening-strike lampposts, three more lanes race away behind you to some unknown destination. The view to the right is no less disconcerting as a short, flimsy […]

I Woke Up This Morning

The Lord hears my every cry. He holds the broken. He heals the sick. He raises up the down heartened.  I didn’t take my pain meds yesterday until the evening….I was in soo much pain. I learned my lesson! I feel much better today. When I awoke this morning, the first thing I thought about […]