December 2011

Keeping the Holiday Blues Away

Though I love Elvis’s “Blue Christmas,” my daughter absolutely hates the song! She is six and thinks it is too sad for Christmas. Maybe it is, but Christmas isn’t just about joy and cheer—it’s also about remembering loved ones lost, those less fortunate than us, and plenty of other sad things, too. She’s not young enough to know that just yet, but most of us “get it” by the time we’re in our teens.

Bipolar Disorder: Make Plans!

The more prepared you are for a manic episode or depression, the better your friends and family will be able to help you.

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder almost twenty years ago and have a truthful handle on my medication. Finally. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t need a good support network or a plan when things are tough. The most important thing for anyone who has just been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder to realize is that it is important to make a plan for when things go wrong.

Don't Let Your Depression Go Untreated

Your Life IS Important!

I was talking with a family member the other day and grew increasingly concerned as he described his depression. He told me that he didn’t care if he lived another day or not. Part of the reason was side effects caused by his other medication and part of the reason was dealing with a history of depression.

He said that he had taken anti-depressants on and off for several years, but that he didn’t like to take too high of a dosage. I asked him why, and he said that he was concerned that they wouldn’t work or that the side effects would be too bad.