• Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Gardening,  Mental Health

    How Gardening Helps My Depression & Anxiety

    Tips on Getting Started Living with bipolar disorder, I get to ride a roller coaster of ups and downs. Since medication entered my life, the ups are more manageable, but we’re still working on figuring out the downs. That’s where therapy comes in. It was in therapy that I first discovered that trying new things helps me combat depression. So, I’ve tried drawing, reading, journaling, walking, and now gardening. Drawing stresses me out because I am a perfectionist. Reading is fun most of the time, but it can be difficult, depending on the seriousness of the book. Journaling I…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Writing

    A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

    I like to think that I am fiercely independent and do not require friends. Acquaintances on social media are as close as I get. Most people believe that is sad, and I guess in some ways it could be, but I have never felt the loss. However, I have recently been leafing through the pages of my life and highlighting moments of significant change or impact. Therapy is responsible, but I also want to see where I have been. In particular, I want to see the people who have passed through. So, this article is going to examine a few…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Mental Health

    Tips on Living with Bipolar Disorder

    Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there… 😺 In 2017, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. It was a punch to the gut, but it was not a shock. I have always felt as if the way that I reacted and thought were different than the people around me. I was a capricious child, a terrible teen, and my early twenties were fraught with bad decisions. I sojourned through mess after mess, but I never sought help. I blamed everyone around me.…

  • Bipolar Disorder BPD,  Mental Health

    Managing Change

    Am I ready for any of this? Andy Warhol said, “When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” How I Am Handling Change. I hate change. I hate the way it makes me feel and I hate my reaction to something that I know to be necessary for personal growth. Sometimes it is beyond my control, but most of the time, I’m the…