Striving to be Present in the Moment

Shirley's Heaven

Lately I have been putting more effort into being present in the moment.  It seems easy enough but I have a longstanding habit of obsessive thinking and a mind that likes to wander, and sometimes its a struggle.  

220px-Cher-66The practice of avoiding the current moment actually did serve a useful purpose for me when I was growing up.  First, it allowed me to tolerate unpleasant situations over which I had no control, like when my mom was having a particularly bad day with her delusions.  I would sit barracaded in my room, daydreaming and drawing pictures of what I wanted to look like when I grew up and where I would live, or pretending to be Cher.  As time went by, I learned how to “read the room” and spent a great deal of energy trying to avoid danger and imagining what could happen depending on my mom’s mood.  This pattern evolved into feeling guilty about what I may have done to…

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The human brain…

Bipolar, Unemployed & Lost

The human brain is the only organ in the human body that lacks nerves despite the fact that it acts as the central command for the central nervous system. This simply implies that, the human brain feels no pain.

This week kicks off NATIONAL BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK and for a whole week I will be posting a random fact on the human brain. Since a lot of our brains hold our STUPID mental illness, I wanted to share great facts about the good and interesting things about the brain!! Enjoy this week, and enjoy your brain (just a little…)

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Bipolar Thoughts: The Seizure Story

Poetry and Hums

When I read the list of the potential side effects of new medication, my eyes tend to glaze over. I mean, the list is extensive. Nausea, dizziness, headaches, tremors, fatigue, weight gain, weight loss, blurry vision, changes in appetite, fatigue, insomnia, menstrual pain, stomach cramps, anxiety, restlessness, suicidal thoughts, and, of course, death. And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head! We tend to think it won’t happen to us, so we don’t pay very much attention to them.

In November, I was prescribed a new anti-depressant, and apparently one of the rare side effects is seizures.

At the beginning of December, I had a seizure. Weeeee!

It wasn’t particularly scary for me, because I had no idea it was coming, and you aren’t really conscious during a seizure, but my brother was terrified. At first he thought I was just doing…

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What is Bipolar Disorder? – The dark side of hypomania

Bipolar: Flying too close to the sun

In my pervious post I explored what it feels like to have depression. As we know, that is only one side of Bipolar Disorder. What makes this illness different from ‘regular’ unipolar depression is that you have the lows and the highs.

As with my previous post, I am not going to list the typical symptoms of hypomania and mania; you can find more information about that here. A note on the two though: Mania and hypomania are not the same thing. Even with all the reading that I’ve done, I sill haven’t found a proper comparison between the two. It is generally said that hypomania is a less severe form of mania. Mania is usually experienced as an episode that lasts for a few days or weeks. As far as I know it does not last as long as a hypomanic episode. Hallucinations, delusions, psychosis and severe paranoia…

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You’re Just Like Me: Anonymous

Oh hey, that’s me!

Bipolar, Unemployed & Lost

This week my guest blogger is UNKNOWN. No really, I can not release any information about them because I don’t have any, but I still think its awesome that they wanted to share their story with us! Whether anonymous or not, each story is different and a much needed release in our sad covered up world of mental health. Please join me and welcoming them and tell them how brave they are to do this..

I wish more of us were like them…

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The Positive Power of Pets

Fantastic post about pets and their health benefits!

Mo' Healthful Living

Pets make the world a better place.  For the animal lover, a pet positively impacts both physical and mental health and contributes to overall well-being.  According to Psychology Today, pets can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and have even been linked to less instances of psychiatric disturbances in their owners.

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Because of all the research surrounding the impact of pets on our health, animal assisted therapy has increased in popularity.  Contact with animals not only reduces stress, but it also contributes to the reduction of overall anxiety.  Emotional support animals have been used to help individuals who suffer from depression, and some self-reports suggest people’s pets have caused them to reconsider suicide during deep bouts of depression.

FACTS:

  • Pet owners have significantly lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own pets.
  • Babies who group up in homes with pets are less likely to develop allergies…

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