Burnout: More than a Buzzword

burn (oneself) out adjective (burnt-out) work too hard, work like a Trojan/horse/slave, work/run oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one’s fingers to the bone, drive oneself into the ground, sweat, sweat blood, work day and night, burn the candle at both ends, burn the midnight oil, overtax oneself, overtax one’s strength,…

A Christmas Tag

Blogger Elizabeth Mosley-Banks of the “Uncustomary Housewife” blog tagged me in a holiday questions post! I’m a little late to responding (sorry!) but here it is:   Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?     I like giving gifts. When I have the time, I like to get creative and personalize things so that…

My Bipolar Christmas List

Given the season, I created a list here of what I want, things that certainly cannot fit in Santa’s sack.

bphope.com Vlogging

I am very excited that my 2 bipolar disorder videos are online on bphope.com! The first video is on how to deal with excessive empathy and the second one is on the impact of bipolar disorder on one’s physical health.   Please check them out and let me know what you think!   If you…

Analysis Paralysis

I tried to make it to a cafe on about a dozen occasions. But I’d wind up sinking to the gutter in a truly awful state of analysis paralysis… When you’re anxious, decisions can be your undoing. Anxious people are shocking decision makers. Plus, the process of making decisions heightens anxiety. Plus, any kind of…

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Jay Griffiths asks if bipolar is really an illness (as does anyone who’s got it). Illness is a condition that impairs normal functioning. “But in the foothills of mania, normal functioning is enhanced,” she writes. -Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful   Recently, I met an older woman who is in the depths…

A Star Is Born: A Look into Addiction

    Tell me something boy Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? Or do you need more Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hardcore?   I recently watched “A Star is Born.” I did not expect his movie to have such a heavy mental health component, but it certainly showed how a main…

Blogger Recognition Award

Originally posted on like as the waves:
Photo by Jess Waters on Unsplash I’m very touched to have been nominated for another blogger award. Nicole from Navigating Darkness has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. This award is given between bloggers in recognition of each other’s work. It means a lot to me that…

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I’ve heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I’ve listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer,…