My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my … [Read more...]

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder & World Bipolar Day

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. I'm over at Postpartum Progress this morning and we're talking about Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. Many women who experience PPD in the classic sense also experience the very often misdiagnosed symptom of hypomania/mania. And some women even go on to actually develop chronic Bipolar after … [Read more...]

On the Move: 14 Tips for Healing from Sexual Trauma

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. Licensed Professional Counselor Kathy Morelli and I are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual trauma and how it can affect the stages of motherhood (pregnancy, birth & postpartum). She offers great advice on ways to help.  I myself have experienced a date rape, and … [Read more...]

Mental Health Triggers Explained and Tips

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. Have you ever seen a blog post with a "Trigger Warning" at the top? Have you wondered what that means exactly? There are a lot of normal everyday things that can trigger symptoms of mental illness like anxiety or panic. For those of you who don't have a mental illness it might be difficult … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

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. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

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. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

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. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

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.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and … [Read more...]

On the Move: Beyond Meds, Treatment & Self Care

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. Once again today I'm honored to be over at Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary … [Read more...]

On the Move: Needing Meds is Not a Weakness

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. This week I have the honor--as a member of the Warrior Moms Leadership Team--of managing the Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of … [Read more...]

Sleep is My Holy Grail and I’m sharing on WhatToExpect.com

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.   Today I'm on the move, over at WhatToExpect.com, talking about my own personal "holy grail" of self care: SLEEP. Come on over and let me know your thoughts on sleep as a #1 priority for mental health and motherhood. What to Expect is a great resource site for preconception, … [Read more...]

This is My Brave.

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When I started this blog almost three years ago, writing about mental illness and suicide, I did it out of grief and inspired by my Facebook friends and family.  I had no idea at the time how much the world needed to bring mental illness out of the darkness. How much misinformation and stigma there … [Read more...]

Treatment is Possible.

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Today is World Mental Health Day. I've been having a rough time with my own mental health the past few days so I haven't been as active as I'd like this awareness week, during which I'd normally be writing up a storm. But I think today it's appropriate to mention that I have bad days, even though … [Read more...]

On the Move. My Story of PPD.

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Today I'm over at Home Life Simplified sharing my story of postpartum depression and anxiety. Once a month Debra Dane features the story of survivors of perinatal illnesses (this covers PND, PPD, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Psychosis). Who is Debra? She's an American (New York City born and raised) married … [Read more...]

Language Matters Dr Phil and Brian Williams

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OK I admit it, I’m one of those people who thinks language matters. Go ahead, call me a buzz kill. Its not that I can't take a joke. I can laugh at myself. I definitely have a sense of humor. But I’ve also learned that when it comes to mental illness the vast majority of people in this world … [Read more...]

The Power of Media to Fight Suicide

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Last night I met with American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter board members Erin and Seth, and officially joined the Media Team. Please follow AFSP WA on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE. I'll be tweeting personally from @AFSP_WA on a regular basis, along with … [Read more...]