May 15-17 is the National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope and Life, designated as a time to pray for those like me who have survived the suicide death of someone we care about. Find my reflections on opening the door to grief at The Perennial Generation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging our language about emotional distress. Some see a co-occuring epidemic of “mental illness” in a tidal wave of anxiety and depression crashing over our world. Others suggest we are experiencing something more profound … more human … and more ordinary,Continue reading
For some people, sleeping and waking at odd hours makes no difference. But I learned by experience that I need to go to bed and wake up at the same hours every day of the week all year round … no matter what wonderful opportunity I would have to forego.Continue reading
The coronavirus pandemic is making everyone crazy. Anxiety is through the roof. Depression is ramping up. Access to treating professionals is limited, just as access to everything is becoming increasingly limited.
The COVID 19 pandemic is the right time for those of us who are skilled at dragging ourselves through difficult days, weeks, and months to help others with our hard-earned wisdom. For me and for many, an important way to keep steady is to make lists and check off what I’ve done.Continue reading
Bipolar disorder tends to shatter relationships. We sometimes “burn bridges” with anger, sometimes vanish into holes of despair. It’s hard for friends to stick with people whose patterns are so inconstant. And yet, I have found, it is possible to maintain even long-time friendships when living with bipolar.Continue reading
A flower may “recover” from a long drought or an insect infestation, but she doesn’t live “in recovery” thereafter: she just lives. Likewise, I just live with Type II Bipolar disorder.
“You can’t recover from a chronic health condition,” I say. “You live with it. You manage it. It’s like diabetes. If I had diabetes and lost enough weight to stop using insulin, no one would say I had ‘recovered’ from it. I would have just managed it really well.”Continue reading