I reside in Ontario, Canada, married over 30 years, never had children but do have one ‘spoiled’ dog named “Emma”. I with diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in the early ’90’s, yet I’ve rarely found myself in a ‘manic’ mood, mostly I’m in the dark depths of depression.
What exactly will you find while scrolling through this blog? Good question:
Posting articles in a “what comes to mind that day” or if I’ve come across an article relating to mental health that peaks my interest for further research. A variety of different topics, beautiful quotes, poetry, images and reblogging from other blogger’s amazing posts ~ just so it doesn’t become boring.
Mental Health/Illness topics addressing: Stigma, PTSD, childhood sexual abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, narcissist parenting, narcissism, migraines or chronic pain, eating disorders, other mental illnesses, psychotherapy, or abuses. Also, personal articles about my own journey through depression, the healing process of PTSD and maternal narcissism with therapy etc..
This blog started in 2007. Intense psychotherapy began in 1994 to deal with PTSD (childhood sexual abuse), which ultimately led to years of major depression, hospitalizations, ECT treatments and unemployment. During these years I journaled daily, and thankfully I did as ECT robbed me of considerable long-term memory.
Those journals were of such assistance, I was able to compose articles to articulate and express all of the emotions felt in areas of my life that were explored in therapy. Writing has always been my passion.
I did return to work for about 6 years, however, presently life finds me again still struggling with bouts of depression, coupled with chronic migraines and unemployment.
At this moment, I still remain in therapy dealing with the sexual abuse from a neighbor when I was 6 years old, and especially the harmful emotional abuse from my narcissistic mother. Her hurtful words, lack of empathy and constant criticisms have had such an impact on my life. I’m attempting to figure out which abuse was worse.
With “Living in Stigma”, opportunities have come my way in the form of a series of articles on mental health on the website “Mind Your Mind”, and in 2011, I was interviewed via podcast on “Safe Space Radio” from Portland, USA on the topic of “Mental Illness Stigma”.
*Psssst! “Can You Tell?” is my favorite written article
Also to my credit, I’ve had articles published, and a self-published book on mental illness has been used in mental health groups.
Thanks for stopping by, if it wasn’t for all of you this blog wouldn’t be the success that it is with over 415,000 visitors.