You Need This Book if You’re Affected by Bipolar Disorder

Here’s the skinny on the book that everyone should read if they know someone with a bipolar disorder diagnosis. I remember the nurse wheeling me out of the hospital with a lanky newborn on my lap dressed in a white onesie with vibrant giraffes strewn all over it. My first baby… Read more“You Need This Book if You’re Affected by Bipolar Disorder”

Don’t Be Afraid! Just Believe!

Even in the mid-90s, no one was still listening to records anymore, but for me, there is still some Christmas music that must be heard against the crackling of needle on vinyl. Classical guitar, organ and chimes, brass quintets—all instrumental arrangements of ancient carols whose lyrics, inscribed in memory like… Read more“Don’t Be Afraid! Just Believe!”

Semantics Matter! Do Your Part to Stop the Stigma!

Continued… On Thanksgiving morning Sarah and I woke and prepared for our quest—to run a 10K on Thanksgiving Day. Four years earlier, back before her bipolar disorder diagnosis, she, Laura and I had run in Huffing for Stuffing, a 5 and 10K event in Bozeman, MT that benefited the local… Read more“Semantics Matter! Do Your Part to Stop the Stigma!”

When You’re Ninety-Eight, I’ll be Ninety-Nine

Continued from last week… March Louis and I swing into my parents’ driveway in Holbrook, Arizona, a few days after the last phone call, the one where Sarah sounded more like Sarah, the one where I realized maybe just maybe I could have my sister back. The car’s clock glows… Read more“When You’re Ninety-Eight, I’ll be Ninety-Nine”

Don’t Dwell, Become the Dwell

Dwell: Dictionary.com Verb: 3. to linger over, emphasize or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon). 4. (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation. Noun: 2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a… Read more“Don’t Dwell, Become the Dwell”

An Important Life Lesson from an Epileptic Horse

…continued from Saturday. From the time I finished high school until I finished graduate school, I spent most of my summers as the horsemanship director of a Christian summer camp in central Oregon. One summer a coworker brought her horse to camp, a young, fiery-tempered gelding that she wanted to work with… Read more“An Important Life Lesson from an Epileptic Horse”

A Tribute to A Sister Who Bears the Burden of Caregiving

In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, we’re sharing the stories of other bloggers and caregivers. Today guest blogger Debby Hudson writes a tribute to her younger sister, who carries the burden of caregiving for their mother. You don’t realize how much of life you can’t know. When you’re a kid, you go… Read more“A Tribute to A Sister Who Bears the Burden of Caregiving”

Bipolar Disorder: There is No Fix-it-and-Forget-it Cure

…continued from Friday. Whilst Pedro sped towards California to pick up Sarah, I headed home the long way to indulge in a little phototherapy. I welcomed the alone time and the opportunity to stop whenever I wanted to snap photos of the beautiful spring flowers or get out and hike around… Read more“Bipolar Disorder: There is No Fix-it-and-Forget-it Cure”

At Last, a Breakthrough in Manic Behavior

…continued from yesterday “What do you think you’d like to do when you get out?” I asked Sarah on March 18. “I dunno. Go back to Walla Walla, I guess.” “Wonderful!” I said, happy that she had voiced an opinion and it didn’t include anything outrageously illogical. “Would you like… Read more“At Last, a Breakthrough in Manic Behavior”

The Devastating Conundrum of the Manic Cycle

…continued from yesterday. 3:15 pm, March 17-St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I’m not wearing green but up in this club we can’t touch each other, so I doubt I’ll get pinched today. I’m wearing my baggy grey slacks and a Newark (NJ) pink Tee… Read more“The Devastating Conundrum of the Manic Cycle”