Weakness, Strength?

Weakness In life do you feel like you have a weakness? Maybe that weakness is a gift? I believe if you live in fear it’s because of a weakness. Maybe because it’s something you hide or something you don’t want to show? But what if your weakness was something you were born with? I know I was born with bipolar …

River

I cried a river in my dreams. I awoke in a puddle of illusion. I see clearly when my mind is focussed on eternity, When I turn and get distracted, I fall deep into my dreams. The river flows from my insecurities. I drift down lackadaisically in a high when I’m focussed. The river gets rough when my focus is …

Letting Go of the Fear

Fear is inevitable, fear could be the enemy. It could consume your life if you let it. I was afraid for too many years of my life living with my mental illness. Even to this day, when I meet someone new, it takes a minute to get the courage to say I have a mental illness. I guess there will …

Medication Compliance

What does medication compliance have to do with mental health? In my situation it’s crucial in my stability of life, living with bipolar disorder. I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 20 years. I wasn’t always compliant with a medication regiment. Why? There’s a couple of reasons for this. In 1995 when I was diagnosed and was released from …

A Journey Through 20 Years

Today is April 5, 2015, and I am celebrating 20 years clean and sober from addiction. 20 years ago I was admitted to a psyche ward after weeks of abusing drugs and alcohol in a nightclub called “the Tunnel” in New York City. Which is a story in itself. Because of the abuse, I had a drug induced manic episode, …

Supporting young people suffering with self-harm and eating disorders – three key lessons

Pooky Knightsmith is a specialist in student mental health and emotional well-being, and author of Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools. Through her company In Our Hands Ltd, Pooky works with schools, parents and organisations to promote awareness of and provide training on topics related to mental health. She is also the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Advisor for the …

Medically-Assisted Therapy: An Outpatient Process for the 21st Century Opioid Addict

Medically-Assisted Therapy: An Outpatient Process for the 21st Century Opioid Addict Opioid epidemics always have a cause. Many major metropolitan areas experienced problems immediately following conflicts such as WWII and the Vietnam War, when soldiers returned home addicted to heroin. Likewise, the research, attitudes and public policy geared toward the treatment of those addicts were based on the characteristics of …

Reflections from a Bipolar on His Birthday by Gabe Howard

If you are reading this blog to figure out if a person with bipolar disorder celebrates a birthday differently from the rest of the population, you can stop reading after this paragraph. I assure you the customs of my people are driven by culture, upbringing, and cake – just like everyone else’s. What is different is what memories we dwell …

I AM JUST TRAVELING ON A PATH CALLED RECOVERY by Andy “Electroboy” Behrman

I AM JUST TRAVELING ON A PATH CALLED RECOVERY by Andy “Electroboy” Behrman Because of my role as a mental health advocate whose goal has been to motivate and encourage “recovery” to those living with depression and bipolar disorder, I’ve always been hesitant to be entirely honest about my own inner thoughts on the subject. But lately, I’ve been asked …