Caught in the Borg of Depression

Hopefully, when I share my struggles with bipolar, psychosis and anxiety you can feel less alone with what you go through.

I write books on mental health management. I have all of the tools you can possibly imagine at my finger tips. I do everything you read in my books. My relationships are non contentious. I ask for help when needed. I know my symptoms and I have a plan for stability.

And I still get sick! Darn it! This nasty illness is so sneaky and like The Borg it sucks the life out of me!

That is the nature of mental illness. There are positives of course. I am 75% better than in the past.

But the [ Read More ]

I Will Not Lie in Bed When I’m Depressed. I will help others and feel better!

 

If helping others helps depression, what is something you can do from the depths of depression to help someone in need?

– You don’t have to feel good about helping someone. – You don’t have to be motivated. – You don’t have to have energy at all.

Pick one thing, do it and report back about doing it. That is all I am asking for today’s research.

I’m going to be nice to myself. I got in bed again and binged on a British police procedural. This is my go to depression behavior on the rough days. But I stopped after 30 minutes as really- watching murder mysteries is not a good depression management technique. HEHE.

I’m not depressed [ Read More ]

The Kickstarter for Hortensia and the Magical Brain is Live!

Hortensia and the Magical Brain introduces a therapeutic poetry technique that helps parents, caregivers and health care professionals lovingly talk with a child and create an open and healthy conversation around early onset mental health disorders. The poems cover the mean and nasty, scary and suicidal, angry and elated, sad and over the top thoughts and behaviors children with mental health concerns regularly experience.

Let’s shine a light on these NORMAL mental health symptoms and teach kids that they are often a result of brain chemicals that can be fixed though lifestyle changes and if needed, medical help.

This is a beautifully crafted, hard back book that was created for kids whose brains aren’t always on track. Just like mine!

Please visit our Hortensia Kickstarter page to read more about this amazing book. Pledges start at $1 and everyone receives a fun reward as a thank you!

Julie [ Read More ]

Why Can’t I Just Take a Walk When I’m Depressed?

I was recently asked why it’s so hard for us to get out of bed and just take a darn walk around the block when we are depressed. We KNOW we will feel better. Why can’t we do this, darn it!?

Here is my answer.

If your goal is to get out of bed and take a walk to feel better and get on with the day- the depressed brain will be overwhelmed and will often shut you down. Here is why.

When we are stable, we have NO idea how many steps go in to getting things done. We just do them.

The depressed brain is different. It breaks tasks into micro steps and gets easily overwhelmed. How many steps do you [ Read More ]

Julie, Help! I don’t have plans for the holiday weekend!

A Christmas Cake from the amazing Alana Jones Mann

Here are some ideas: 1.Know you are not alone. I have spent many lonely holidays simply from not planning ahead. 2. Remove yourself from the idea of what this day SHOULD be like and focus on what you can make happen from this moment forward. Holidays are stressful because even though they are simply a day on the calendar, society puts enormous stress on what we should be doing on that day. Step out of this and create something of your own. 3. If there is time, plan something now. Call a person you think might be available. It you were invited to a party and [ Read More ]

The End of Bipolar Disorder Depression Isolation

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The following is an excerpt from latest blog on Bp Magazine.

by Julie A. Fast

I used to think that being alone was a strength. I grew up with the very 1980s and 1990s idea that we have to ‘learn to be alone in order to really be with another person.’

That might make sense if you are stable and life is going well.

For people with bipolar disorder, alone-ness and learning to be by yourself before you can really succeed can be dangerous if taken out of context.

I have found that accepting people into my life when I am depressed is far more difficult than being alone. Depression makes me isolate. It makes me see the phone as [ Read More ]

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