A blog of stories about living with bipolar disorder and surviving. Whether you suffer from mental illness, know someone with it, or are otherwise affected by it, this podcast offers real stories of hope and survival.
#31 - Fatigue
I haven't recorded an episode in 1.5 months because of fatigue. Today I talk about my experience with fatigue caused primarily by a dosage of Abilify that was too strong. Other topics include self care, basic needs, and routine.
#30 - Depakote is saving my life
Depakote is a mood stabilizer that is helping me beat my mania and hypomania which I haven't been able to get rid of for many months. Depakote is saving my life. This episode details my experience with it.
#29 - Saying Goodbye to a Psychiatrist
This episode tells the story of me leaving one psychiatrist, and finding a new one. This involves topics related to medication, psychiatry, therapy, support networks, growth, and hard work. Primary medications touched on are Depakote, with references to Lamictal and Lithium.
#28 - The Pause - my new tool against mania
The podcast is alive and well! In this episode I discuss the tool I have discovered when reading Tara Brach's book Radical Acceptance. By pausing, I have been able to more skillfully address my mania.
#27 - Law enforcement and mental illness
I share my thoughts on the findings from the study "Road Runners" via Treatment Advocacy Center. Key findings can be found on:https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/road-runnersAn average of 10% of law enforcement agencies’ total budgets was spent responding to and transporting persons with mental illness in 2017.The average distance to transport an individual in mental illness crisis to a medical facility was 5 times farther than the distance to transport them to jail. Nationwide, an estimated $918 million was spent by law enforcement on transporting people with severe mental illness in 2017.The amount of time spent transporting people with mental illness by law enforcement agency survey respondents in 2017 sums to 165,295 hours, or more than 18 years.21% of total law enforcement staff time was used to respond to and transport individuals with mental illness in 2017.Law enforcement officers waited significantly longer — almost 2.5 hours longer — when dropping a person off at a medical facility than if transporting to a jail.Some officers reported having to wait with the individual for 72 hours or more until a bed becomes available.Survey respondents drove a total of 5,424,212 miles transporting individuals with serious mental illness in 2017 — the equivalent of driving around the Earth’s equator more than 217 times.The report was released in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and funded by the Achelis and Bodman Foundation.
#26 - COVID, Mania, Self Worth, and Black Lives Matter
After a short break from recording episodes, I return to document my experience with mania induced by the COVID quarantine; self worth; self care; getting better; and the Black Lives Matter movement and how it inspired me to not feel sorry for myself.
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