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Dori Owen – Schedules Promote Stability

Schedules Promote Stability Trains run on a schedule and so do I. When trains don’t run on time, things can go very wrong and affect actions and people. The same is also true with me. Even before my diagnosis of bipolar I, I discovered that my days and nights were better when I kept a [...]

By | 2018-09-06T22:24:08+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

I Don’t Want to Be Disabled But I Am – Sarah Fader CEO

I don’t want to be disabled but I am. I have multiple disabilities. I don’t even know if I like the word disability. Dis-ability – it’s so negative. In the 1990s when I was growing up, you insulted another person by “dissing” them. When I hear the word disability, I feel that I’m being dissed [...]

By | 2018-08-09T07:54:51+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elspeth Roake

Mental Illness and its Pain Pain is universal, varied, and subjective. An evolutionary deterrent and motivator, in some ways essential, in some ways utterly pointless. It can provide common ground, or be the most isolating of experiences. Everyone falls somewhere within its range. My pain came from depression. Not everyone experiences depression in this way; [...]

By | 2018-06-25T07:14:39+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Linla – Hello Bipolar

Saying Goodbye to My Blog, "Hello Bipolar Linla" The last thing I posted on my blog was on December 2nd, 2017. That post was titled, “It’s Been A While…” and in that post I wrote the following: “I am scared of the future because I have no clue what is going to come next. I [...]

By | 2018-06-24T15:32:30+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Marise Phillips

The first antidepressant side-effect to hit me was the yawning; it became a constant. I started to wonder if I'd ever be able to stop. “Don’t worry about it,” Duncan reassured me. “After the sleep deprivation you’ve been through, yawning all the time is perfectly reasonable. It’s your body’s way of giving in to the [...]

By | 2018-04-14T14:59:25+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression|2 Comments

Daniel Meeker

I can remember sitting in my therapist’s office and feeling a distinct sense of loss. I had just been given a temporary and non-medical diagnosis of Cyclothymia. For months leading up to this moment I had been dealing with increasingly harder downswings followed by upswings of mania. Most of these episodes would happen over the [...]

By | 2018-04-12T02:34:15+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Bipolar, Manic, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sarah Urscheler- But it Didn’t Seem Like Postpartum Depression

                                      But it Didn't Seem Like Postpartum Depression “It’s not uncommon to suffer from postpartum depression,” my infant’s pediatrician said to me during a routine checkup. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of.” Her tone was soft but [...]

By | 2018-01-09T13:52:29+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: PPD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Sarah Comerford – “But what if I drop the baby?”: my life with postpartum OCD

“But what if I drop the baby?”: my life with postpartum OCD I always wanted to be a mom. When I met my husband, even though we were young and knew that starting a family was years away, it was something we still talked about and planned for. We picked out names that we liked, [...]

By | 2018-01-07T22:23:19+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Categories: OCD, PPD|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ashley Peterson

My first episode of depression happened over 10 years ago. I got very, very sick, and ended up in hospital following a suicide attempt. What was already a messy situation was even more complicated because at the time I was working as a nurse on an inpatient psychiatry unit at the major hospital in the [...]

By | 2017-12-19T11:56:45+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kurt Morris

When I first experienced bipolar symptoms in college it was as though sadness had gotten jacked up to an excruciating level. From the time of my early teens I had dealt with depression and the occasional suicidal thought. There was some irritability as well, but nothing that caught me off guard. My depression was familiar [...]

By | 2017-12-19T11:48:00+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments