This past week the National Suicide Prevention Line became easier to use. All you need to do is dial 988 or text 988 and you can be connected to a trained listener. However, be careful what you say to them. They are mandatory reporters which means they have to report abuse, violence or self-harm. IfContinue reading “988 is the New Suicide Hotline, but be careful what you say”
Dear Lex, I’m compelled to trace certain numbers in the air, twirl my pen and touch the corners of paper. This is all to cope with my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The bad thoughts start coming and I am compelled to get relief by doing these things. The thoughts never stop. The compulsions happen inContinue reading “Mental Health Q & A: Dear Lex”
I’ve published a piece on bipolar and spirituality. The link is here.
Matthieu Zellweger, Ph.D., a Swiss scientist and photographer, shoots haunting, surreal and journalistic pictures of manic depression that make it seem like the subjects are experiencing unreality in real time. The pictures in “Worlds Beyond” featured in the scientific journal the Lancet are staged but give one the feeling of experiencing the states in which the subjectContinue reading “Swiss photographer Captures Manic Depression on Film”
Disclosure in Romantic Relationships is Important to Increase Understanding about Mental Illness My mania plays out in rapid speech, racing thoughts, odd ideas at all hours, little to no sleep. My manic hypersexuality has led to a one-night stand and many unpleasant relationships, the kind where it’s ticklish when you later bump into him inContinue reading “Dear Future Husband”
“Because Black people are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at younger ages they are more likely to develop a substance use disorder,” Strohl said. “It is systemic to associate certain groups of people with certain substances such as marijuana. We need to have a better conversation about substance use.” Katrina Strohl Katrina StrohlContinue reading “Boundaries Strategist and Psychological Safety Consultant Talks about Struggle with Mental Health System”
Some resources: International Bipolar Foundation Depression Bipolar Support Alliance NAMI
How reframing my inner dialogue makes all the difference I’m an over-thinker as most bipolar people are. My inner critic constantly berates me. I let him, who I call Arthur, live rent free in my head. As a result, I don’t feel good enough, like my writing is not good enough for publication. It’s anContinue reading “From Not Good Enough to Enough”