The illness factor

Living with bipolar disorder, or any illness for that matter, is all consuming and eats you up when you’re ill. It’s your whole world. Everything is jolly when you’re stable but when you’re not, people surround you and bless you with their love and support if you’re lucky (at least their version of love and…

Growing through grief

Some of us may remember learning the five stages of grief identified by the very honourable psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Grief extends beyond death and dying; there doesn’t have to be a physical death in order for something to feel dead to you. For example, I felt completely dead last week so there was no new…

The common denominator

While I was in the hospital post suicide attempt, I distinctly remember this brief interaction I had with my friend. I was given an hour to be on a “supervised outing” and somehow we began discussing religion and Gods, which left me a little defensive because I always had my reservations about organized religion. Nonetheless, the discussion continued…