Getting out of bed 'full of the joys of spring' in the deep, mid winter is, for the most, unheard of; falling out of bed and tripping up in the dark is more like it. For people with a variety of sleep disorders, life all year long can be difficult, but without a doubt, wintertime is the most challenging part of the year because of the effect the reduction of available light and drop in temperature has on how the brain and body functions.
Dumped by text. I knew it was coming; I was just waiting for the 'you're dumped', and I just knew it would selfishly be delivered by text instead of in person or by a phone call. That's the way she is.
Hypersexuality and manic episodes are known to go hand-in-hand, but hyposexuality (low or no sex drive) can also be present as part of the bipolar illness. It is a known side effect of bipolar medication, so identifying whether it is the illness or the medication to blame, is not so easy. However, it is also easy for the psychiatrist or doctor to just blame the medication rather than talk about it and try to help with the problem.
I think I have given myself a dose of it, accidentally; or rather, by over-enthusiasm. I fell in love with blogging almost straight away after writing my first post, and never looked back. From then, I couldn't contain my excitement as I researched topics to write about and thought of stories to tell. Blogs… Continue reading Technology Fatigue
I use a variety of techniques to treat the daytime effects of sleep deprivation and reset my circadian rhythm. This blog discusses how I stimulate my brain with smell using Aromatherapy.
One of the beautiful aspects of this recovery is being able to see properly again; to see a flower appearing out of the darkness and appreciate its depth of colour, pumps the zest through my arteries.
Gadgets can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, our gadgets, gear and social media can bring us much closer together and make the world a smaller place. Our family and friend relationships benefit from this, which can have a positive effect on our mental health.
When I am struggling with depression, I have found one of the most therapeutic relationships I can have, is the one with my cat. Our pets are instinctual creatures and care for us unconditionally.
The relationship you have with your partner is important for mental wellbeing. Excellent relationships can enhance mental wellbeing, but poor relationships may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. It is often a difficult subject to raise, but one worth considering for the benefit of both partners. Three simple things that can improve the quality of relationship with your partner are:
Do I have I have a mental Illness or mental health problems? We can have problems with our mental health in the same way we can have problems with our physical health, but I believe calling a serious mental illness 'mental health problems' is wrong! It is belittling to the seriousness of the illness and the complications that sufferers have to endure.