Hi, my name is Leslie. My Mom can be sometimes happy and other times sad. She sometimes forgets to take care of me because she is busy sewing, sewing, sewing. And smoking. She’s say, “Just a second,” with her brows pinched together, her eyes focused on a seam, smoothing the fabric through the Bernina sewing machine, her foot on the pedal, humming...
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November 30, 2017
Leslie Lindsay is a mother, wife, and writer living in Chicagoland. Her mother died by suicide in June 2015 after a lengthy battle of bipolar disorder with psychotic features; she was an interior decorator. Leslie is at work on a memoir, aptly titled, MODEL HOME in which she chronicles her childhood with a mentally ill mother. Leslie is an award-...
November 27, 2017
By: Nic Fleming
As I sit down to write this blog, I am reflecting on my last post and where I am at today. All I can come up with is that for me living with bipolar is all encompassing. It is present in every action I take or do not take. It undermines my sense of self and often distorts reality. Accepting this fact is exceptionally difficult but I know there is...
November 22, 2017
By: Emily McGuigan
*The charcoal artwork featured above is titled "Too Much" by Emily McGuigan*When I’m asked for an example of how I’ve used art therapy in my own recovery, I instantly think of a recent time in my life where my art actually resulted in me discovering some past trauma that I suppressed and also where it resulted in me addressing major...
November 17, 2017
By: Mamotladi Ivy Matloga
I recently watched a programme on television wherein a young lady was talking about how in her understanding, there is no such a thing as mental illness. According to the lady, mental illness was nothing more than plain witchcraft. “People waste a lot of money on expensive medication trying to cure mental illness, and they can never find cure in...
November 10, 2017
By: Danielle Workman
The best advice I had ever gotten in regards to my diagnosis came from my father. It was a dark and gloomy day, in those long months between winter and spring. “You need to spend less time fighting your bipolar and more time working with it.” He said. “It’s how you would work with a difficult person, you could make that person work for you - why...
November 10, 2017
By: Conor Bezane
Artificial happiness. That’s what I thought I’d be getting into if I went on antidepressants. I have to admit I was scared to even go there. Would I become a zombie? Would my emotions be flattened? What about apathy? Turns out these fears were, for me, irrational.But the circumstances were terrifying. My initial diagnosis of depression occurred in...
October 31, 2017
By: Kryss Jobes
There was a time in my life when I had a breakdown. I sought help in caring for my daughter before things got too bad. But after that it was a continuous downward spiral until I wasn’t me anymore. I had run away, to live in the back of my mind, while my life went on around me. I didn’t like what I saw through my eyes, but no matter how much I...
October 31, 2017
By: Vicki Taylor
In Part 1 of the 2 part series I wondered whether there was a link between having a Mental Illness and developing Dementia. I was genuinely concerned, as I felt I was experiencing more than the normal “aging” memory issues. Other cognitive issues included inability to focus, think clearly, or make sound decisions.I had talked to a Tampa, FL...
October 23, 2017
By: Janet Coburn
You often hear it said that a good belly laugh is as effective as a dose of antidepressants. You read author Allie Brosh's account of her depression breaking when she couldn't stop laughing at a piece of corn she noticed under the refrigerator.But for a lot of us with bipolar depression, laughter is not only not the cure, it simply isn't...