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Escapades of a bipolar princess.
Creativity is one of my go-to wellness tools. There is a LOT of science to back creativity as an effective tool to improve well-being.
They say mental illness runs in my family. But in my family, we’re all pretty lazy, so it just sort of meandered it way through the generations.
Wait I know what you’re thinking. You can’t make fun of mental illness. You’re right. YOU can’t. Unless you’ve been there. Stay with me.
Mental Illness. It IS in your workplace. Find out how you can be part of the solution.
For any of you who are not feeling the excitement of “a-new-year-new-you-kind-a” feeling this post about possibility & the Crazy Naked Truth is for you.
Do you have a mental health story to share? But don't know where to start. Here are eight resources I love that can help you on your way.
The kids don’t get bathed every night but they have a deeply content mother. What better way to raise kids? They see me stand up for my mental health at all costs.
While we are emotionally drained, physically exhausted and psychologically depleted, we are asked to deal with a maddeningly convoluted mental health system.
Desperate parents write me every week because they want to help their adult child who has a mental illness, but refuses help. These are the essential and most effective resources.
We think “true” creativity is dancing, painting, singing, music making. But that's not the only kind. I’m referring to ‘everyday creativity’.
A month ago I was blindsided by a bout of anxiety, the likes I hadn’t seen in ages. But there are steps you can take that can help. Support from others being one of them.
Suffocating in mucky depression and scrambling in scratchy anxiety, my world feels convincingly and unrelentingly foreboding. A reminder to myself can help me navigate the con job.
I try to find the punch line in living with mental illness.
We are living in a society where it's more insulting to call someone mentally ill, than evil.
Regardless of how we define laughter or humor, the important thing is that we make room for it in our lives. The health benefits are hard to deny.
Having the attitude of gratitude is easy when I’m on top of my game. But how do we access a sense of thankfulness when we’re stressed out or struggling with anxiety, or depression?
Don’t let the festive season drive you ’round the Xmas tree, over the dreidel or into the Solstice fire.
This depression will pass if I get my butt (which apparently has a black dog dangling from it) in gear. I’m taking to Face Book Live for some accountability and support.
As a family member or friend it can feel powerless when your loved one with mental illness refuses help. There are steps you can take. Here are a few.
If you're wanting to add a healthy habit to your life, find out first where you are in the stages of readiness for change. It may make the process more comfortable & successful!
Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ride Don’t Hide are leading the way so our invisible community no longer needs to stay in the shadows.
With depression I felt perpetually shielded from the sun. Like I was wrapped in a wet sleeping bag, a hat with large visor on my head and heavy rimmed sunglasses over my eyes.
There’s a chance you’ll make it out in one piece, but then again, there’s also the possibility of going down in flames.
You just may find that these books fortify your mettle so you forge forward in your creativity and your life.
Well ok – let me qualify that. I reduced my meds.See there’s always been this niggling feeling if I could just reduce & eventually not take any medication I would be better off.
It started when a writing friend told me of an exercise her teacher gave her. Write your life story, but write it in 3-word sentences. Here’s the long and the short of it.
I know there are others like me out there, loving someone like my brother. I don’t know what concrete guidance I can give you, other than continue to love that person.
Accepting the naked truth (that I was dealing with a psychiatric condition not just ‘mood swings’) helped me recover from bipolar disorder and recover my career.
The Holiday Sanity Clause is thus: you have the right to say graciously ‘no’.
I recently discovered my incessant battle with food and eating has merely been a smoke screen for my generalized anxiety disorder. Now what?
Victoria Maxwell is a playwright, actor, and lecturer on her 'lived' experiences of bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis and recovery.