Depression Getaway

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How to tell the Difference between Rational Thoughts and Irrational Thoughts

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series The "Depression Go-Aways"


'Irrational Irene', do you know her? Is she you? Sometimes? Often? Seldom?

Why have I chosen this smiling positive face for 'Irrational Irene'?

Because, if you have a mental disorder, and you are being irrational, you usually don't know you are irrational at all. You may believe at that moment you are more rational than you have ever been in your life. You are often confident and forthright like this image of 'Irrational Irene'. Do you understand what I am saying?

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How Dangerous is ‘Manic Matthew’?

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series The "Depression Go-Aways"


I know this fellow looks carefree but he is actually ‘manic’. He is one of my ‘Depression Go-Aways’ cast of characters. I call him Manic Matthew.

‘Manic’ can present itself in many ways. ‘Manic’ is the other side of the mental disorder called ‘Bipolar Disorder’. Bipolar is a form of depression which shares the same symptoms as other forms of depression. It also has a flip side to the depressive side and that is ‘manic’.

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Bipolar Warning

forest floor 600What does spring look like where you live? This old house with the blossoming tree in front could be anywhere in Ontario right now, and this forest floor could be my backyard.

It is a beautiful time of year. Who doesn’t love spring? New life, new hope, new flowers, new…..well, everything is new, again!

It is a little hard NOT to get excited especially if you are prone to get excited like we who experience bipolar disorder are.

And you know what happens if we allow ourselves to get excited? We get even more excited and then more excited and then, and then, and then, we begin to crash, maybe slowly maybe not. And when we crash we may hit a depression that will last and last and last and last and could risk us losing the ability to enjoy the rest of the spring season altogether. Do you see what I am saying?

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Bipolar – 20 Minutes at a Time


 What could I possibly be talking about? This might sound kind of silly and maybe it’s just me but part of my bipolar causes me to do too much of things I enjoy, especially when I am manic.

The result is that when I first started blogging I got so into it and I spent so much uninterrupted time on the computer that I developed terrible headaches and had to quit for awhile.

Then I needed a hobby to replace blogging and I started sewing – with a passion! Hours and hours of pleasure, it was so good to do something creative again. The result? A spasm in my sewing arm that massage, acupuncture and pain killers could not erase. I had to quit sewing for awhile.

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