Featured Blog…Of Cabbages – and Kings-!

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I give you this fact which should be obvious:  No one ever does anything that to them, at least in that moment, does not make some sort of sense.  We may often have a WTF moment afterward, but that is hindsight talking. So, what are we doing when we say an action is “senseless?”  We are saying we need not consider how that action made sense to that person when they did it.  We are saying we need not think about how they came to think and feel that way.  Most importantly, we are avoiding looking into the mirror they hold up to us.  It may be about our politics, our theologies, our educational systems or health care systems, our justice systems, or our economic system, whatever, but the mirror is there, always.  Yes, the person may have some mental illness, and that allows us to say he couldn’t possibly…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Saying What Goes Unsaid!

Saying what goes unsaid

Chris Cornell’s death hit many of us quite hard, and one of the things I keep hearing is that it was especially hard because he was someone who had beaten his demons. I saw very similar comments when the toxicology report recently came out about Carrie Fisher’s death.

There is no denying that it is hard. Mental illness is really hard. But that so many people consider relapses and suicide risk shockingly unexpected outcomes of mental illness suggests a profound misunderstanding of what it means to battle it.

Despite what movies might have led you to believe, mental illnesses like depression and substance use disorders don’t have a single cause — and treatment rarely is a matter of exorcising particular demons (or memories). Even psychologists who believe that there is something to be gained from reaching into and airing out a traumatic past believe that this process requires repeated…

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New diabetes pen has sugars all over…

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

It is called Tanzeum. I was wrong with the name the other day. They decreased my oral meds and said it will take a couple of weeks to settle down. I was only 74 the other day than today it was 159. Crazy.

Got my new diabetic shoes. Took forever. The smallest pair is too big for my feet. She had to rig them to fit.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Stomp Out Stigma

Peace from Panic

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This past Saturday, I woke up to a cold and rainy morning. My bed was warm and it sounded great to stay home and curl up on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee.

But I had to get moving. This was the day of the NAMI Walk, rain or shine. I’d heard about this fundraiser since I started volunteering almost a year ago, and was excited to finally participate. What a perfect time, since this is Mental Health Awareness Month.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. There are hundreds of NAMI chapters throughout the United States. The 5K walks are the largest fundraisers of the year.

NAMI uses the money to offer free classes and programs to those affected by mental illness, and also to their families. I’ve seen the benefits of their resources firsthand. I…

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Mania: The Blinding Light on Top of the World

The Bipolar Storyteller

“The blinding light? Wait a minute, I thought that spending life on top of the world was a good thing!” I’m sure that’s a thought that went through some of your minds when you saw the title (If it’s not, we’re just gonna pretend it was, mkay?) I guess in a sense, being on top of the world is a good thing; however, there comes a point when the pedestal you sit upon becomes so tall, the awesome might and power of the light ends up turning you into the demon deep within yourself. The truth is, my manic episodes have caused more pain to myself and those that I love than any depressive episode I’ve ever had. Which is unfortunate, because I’ve spent most of my life sitting high above the world on my manic throne.

For those of you that aren’t quite sure what I’m talking about, let…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post for May 2nd

My Loud Bipolar Whispers

Prevalence of Mental Illness:

  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance abuse disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

(~ Information from NAMI – National Alliance of Mental Illness)

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Moving Forward: Letting Go of the Past

The Bipolar Storyteller

Look, I’ll be straight with y’all.  I’m As I continue to move forward in life and learn to cope with my illness, there is one thing I find holding me back:  Who I used to be.not proud of the guy I was in high school.  I spent so long hiding behind a mask of confidence and a wall of bravado, I honestly couldn’t tell you who I really was back then.  I was so worried about letting people see that I was just a normal human being – that I wasn’t some indestructible superhero – that it turned me into a monster.  I spent so long hiding me feelings, that I just stopped caring about others. I was mean; if I didn’t think you were worth my time, I just didn’t give you it.  I was heartless; I just simply didn’t care about how my actions affected other people.  If I…

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Sugar level was 114…FitBit

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

Have to recheck it in a bit since I ate more carbs than usual and need to see what it did to my sugar levels.

I  just checked it at the 2 hour mark and it was 271. Way too high!

My numbers come down slowly. They should come down faster. At least they are still coming down.

I wear a fitbit now and keep track of my steps. I made a goal of 1000 and my son changed it to 1500. Still fighting to meet the 2nd goal.

My pain level isn’t that bad today, but I do have the external yeast infection again and that is sore. Have cream to put on it.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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