Talking to kids about mental illness

This is a slide from my mental illness/health presentation for kids at local schools. You can click through and share any or all of the slides below. When we talk openly about mental illness it reassures people if they have any concerns, and helps to remove stigma. This fosters open communication, which makes people moreContinue reading “Talking to kids about mental illness”

Mania Explained

              Most people I know have never experienced a manic episode. They are curious but respectful, so don’t ask for details about mine. They don’t want to upset me by dredging up painful memories. I appreciate their respect and concern, but I think that talking about hard things makes us stronger.               My first mania,Continue reading “Mania Explained”

Balancing Bipolar Disorder

I recently saw my psychiatrist for a check-up, something that happens every month or two depending on my mood. He’s been pleased with my progress and during the appointment he remarked “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” This got me thinking – what am I doing? In the past year I’ve fluctuated between hyper maniaContinue reading “Balancing Bipolar Disorder”

Books we’re reading this month…

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter We’re finally starting to realize that we eat too many carbs. This book links a carb-heavy diet with brain health, and it’s not just refined carbs either. In other words, according to Perlmutter, too much multi-grain bread, or even fruit, causes ADHD, dementia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, mood disorders, and manyContinue reading “Books we’re reading this month…”

Spiralling out: a photo essay of mania

On May 15, 2017 I was hospitalized and diagnosed as having Bipolar 1 mood disorder after experiencing an extreme manic episode. Music and art were very significant to me during this time and both held great meaning. Once the dust settled and I looked through my camera I realized that it clearly showed my descentContinue reading “Spiralling out: a photo essay of mania”