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”

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”

Bottom Line: Bi-polar Disorder Doesn’t Just Hurt One Person

…continued from Sunday. (Once again Laura writes from a sister’s perspective. In her last post, she spoke of ‘The Text’—when Sarah cut off communication with her and unfriended her on Facebook). We are house hunting in Oklahoma on a chill March day. One week has passed since The Text, and… Read more“Bottom Line: Bi-polar Disorder Doesn’t Just Hurt One Person”

Advocating for an Adolescent with a Mental Health Diagnosis

…continued from Saturday. {For those who have been following our story from October, we want to assure you that we plan on finishing it in November.  When we took up this challenge, we had no idea that the telling would stretch over more than 31 days.  Thank you for your… Read more“Advocating for an Adolescent with a Mental Health Diagnosis”

Mania: It’s Not Just What Happens on Black Friday

…continued from yesterday. St. Helena Hospital Behavioral Health Center Admission Inventory Valuable Name: Clothing: at bedside Bra Panties Shirt Shoes Sweater Clothing, other Slippers Socks Suitcase with other misc. clothing items. Backpack. Monetary: in safe Gift Cards—1 Target, 2 Barns & Noble, 1 Home Depot, 1 Driver’s License Money—16 cents… Read more“Mania: It’s Not Just What Happens on Black Friday”

Crisp-as-Bacon Rage

…continued from yesterday. Sarah’s long night in the emergency room almost ended in disaster. Only through an act of God did she finally end up where she needed to be. Let me explain. After arriving at the hospital, Sarah continued to act erratic. She went from chatty compliance to crisp-as-bacon… Read more“Crisp-as-Bacon Rage”