Mental Health

Managing Mental Illness – Will I ever truly be well?

Mental illness is a shit-show. To combat it, one must always be on the look out, watching for signs and symptoms of recurrence. When detected, one must pull out the big guns, as it were - the weapons of learned coping skills , methodologies, medications, and support team - with the constant hope that thusly… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness – Will I ever truly be well?

Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health

The holidays are hard – especially for those with #mentalillness

I come from a long line of people with mental illness. From OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to schizophrenia to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) to maybe even PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It stands to reason then, that some of this landed on me and even my kids. If you've read one or two of my… Continue reading The holidays are hard – especially for those with #mentalillness

Mental Health

It’s #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek in Canada – Many still suffer in silence.

The difference in awareness of mental illness now as compared to even three years ago is astounding. Social media helps a great deal in spreading awareness. I follow several mental health-related handles on Twitter including CAMH, Elephant in the Room, and Mental Health Platform, to name a few. They have been and continue to be great… Continue reading It’s #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek in Canada – Many still suffer in silence.

Depression

Surviving Depression – Managing your New Year’s expectations

Oh, the promise of a new year. It can be intoxicating. That thought of putting all the crap from the prior year behind you and beginning anew. You make resolutions, promises to self and those around you. You raise a fist in the air. “This is MY year!” “This year is going to be awesome!”… Continue reading Surviving Depression – Managing your New Year’s expectations

Depression, Menopause, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Surviving Depression – The Dark Months Begin

It's been about 4 weeks now since the clocks were changed for daylight savings. It's dark in the morning when I leave my house for work and it's dark in the evening when I leave work to go home. For a person with depression, knowing that this is just the start of the dark months, is… Continue reading Surviving Depression – The Dark Months Begin