Living with an invisible disablity: Bipolar edition

Living with an invisible disability like bipolar disorder makes you feel like you’ve been categorized in the discount section of a forgotten bin of stuff during a highly anticipated Black Friday sale. As a result, it’s easy to not want to talk about it, and just forget you live with it entirely… that is until…

My problem with this new Facebook trend

J.K. Rowling is known for her brilliance in writing fantasy. Through her beautiful words, she has also precisely summarized my feelings in this simple line: It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. It made me question why I pound in the meaning of depression and other…

The death of me

I’m one for the dramatics and the title should be telling. Though I didn’t physically die, my former self sure got lost somewhere between an 8 year break up with my ex and my stay at a contemporary Sing Sing. I didn’t believe them when they told me I was bipolar. I was only jumping…

Self care & love

I hope your eyes and minds have travelled with me through SAD month this October. I hope you remember to be gentle with yourself with a little self care as the longer days and winter storms quickly approaching. Self care extends beyond doing things like reading, exercising, and going for massages though. If not, you can always click to…

Accessing therapy

Can I hear an AMEN if you’ve ever had the most difficult time trying to find a specialist, then book an appointment with them? I love being Canadian and Medicare is one of the first reasons why, but the system can be cruel. I’ve come across a lot of people who don’t even know where…

My dirty little secrets

SAD is not fun but it’s manageable with the the right tools. I’ll be sharing some of my tried and true secrets that I use to kick your depression and anxiety to the curb. The secret is to help yourself first because your family and friends can’t always be around to pull you up. One word: Try….

SAD Kick Off: What is it?

Welcome to my SAD Month Party, AKA my Seasonal Affective Disorder Month Party. As the name implies, SAD is not a celebratory occasion but I want us to acknowledge, accept, and salute the fact that things are about to get real craptacular this winter before they actually do! This October, I will be sharing some…

Living in your skin

Having a chronic illness means that you see it and feel it for the grand majority of your life. Sometimes it’s visible to the public and at other times it’s hidden beneath your skin. You become so used to it that you don’t necessarily see what life was like before it. But there’s one thing…

My Home

I’m blessed. I’m blessed by all the love and support from my family, my friends, my husband and my dog. I’m not trying to make an academy award speech but I’m grateful for them because I wouldn’t be here, alive, and healthy today without each of my gems.I learned that I didn’t have to fight alone….

Part 2: A will to live

I revisited a private and intimate passage from my journal last week – moments before I attempted suicide two years ago. This week, I’ll be continuing this discussion on the broad topic of having a will to live and what it means. I asked a number of questions last week because I wanted us to…

Part 1: A will to live

The fine line between living and dying is your will to live; only you and you alone. Anais Nin summed it up best with this line: You cannot save people. You can only love them. I believe that staying alive is primarily based on your will to live. Of course there are physiological components that will hold you back but…

Unplugging the triggers

In the world of mental health, you hear the word trigger a lot. Specifically, “What’s triggering you?” Triggers are the little dancing devils that control depression, anxiety and all sorts of feelings. Triggers can be anything and everything. It can be a thought, a person, place, or thing. They tug on your heartstrings and provide…