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Personal Stories

How do I stay calm and go with the flow at work?

by Katherine on March 3, 2011

I am in the mist of changing managers and feel anxious. Iā€™m always afraid of losing my job. How do I stay clam, and go with the flow? Go into another room and breathe deeply. Hash it out with co-workers Think of it as a position rather than as a person Anticipate situations ahead of […]

Bipolar Haiku

by Lucy McWilliams on October 25, 2010

Tired, anxious, sad Time to change the meds again. (My shrink’s on speed dial) Lust courses through me. Receipts fill up my wallet I am fully spent Alarm rings. Get up? You’ve got to be kidding me. Would rather burrow.

Lies

by lackofsolidity on October 25, 2010

The first significant lie I remember telling, perhaps because this is where I think my semi-habit of lying began, was when I was very young and crying in the corner of my closet. My father came in and crouched down near me. He asked me why I was crying. I said that I didn’t know, […]

How many people in the US are depressed at any time? What percent of the US population experiences depression or other mood disorder in their lives? The number is big and growing. The National Institutes of Health answers the question in their posting on The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Gary Greenberg is a […]

Illegal Drugs vs. Mentally Ill

by lackofsolidity on October 14, 2010

The mentally ill mind often goes through the same experiences that a “regular” mind would on illegal drugs. Then those deemed “ill” are given legal drugs to quell this effect. But if others are paying good money and taxing their bodies in order to obtain these experiences, illegally, is being mentally ill really all that […]

Isolation ā€“ my story

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

Isolation. There is little doubt that this is a significant factor in the development and maintenance of mental illness. “You keep patients from isolating, because isolation is what has made them sick and, if allowed to continue, isolating will make problems more difficult.” (pg. 138 of Divided Minds: Twin Sisters And Their Journey Through Schizophrenia […]