Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

Over the Line

I think one of the most misunderstood characteristics of Bipolar Disorder is depression. I’ve talked about it a number of times, and I will continue to talk about it numerous more times. Basically, the question is: when is normal depression no longer normal? We have all experienced depression, it is a normal human emotional state […]

Over the Line

I think one of the most misunderstood characteristics of Bipolar Disorder is depression. I’ve talked about it a number of times, and I will continue to talk about it numerous more times. Basically, the question is: when is normal depression no longer normal? We have all experienced depression, it is a normal human emotional state […]

Breakthrough eye test to diagnose mental disorders

http://m.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/breakthrough-eye-test-to-diagnose-mental-health-disorders-1-3932670#axzz3qQwFwCrR
A SIMPLE eye test which could help diagnose mental health disorders or spot them before they arise is a step closer to being available on the NHS.

The award-winning test developed by Aberdeen University scientists uses a specialised, ultrafast camera to track patterns in eye movement and early results suggest that it is nearly 100 per cent effective in detecting mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.
“We hope that as many people as possible come along to the open meeting to hear about what were are doing and what they can do to help in our research.” Professor David St Clair.

People with conditions such as schizophrenia did not explore images as fully as those without as they would rest their gaze on certain points for longer, according to the original research published in 2012 in the scientific journal Biological Psychiatry

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Why I Follow This Man’s Advice Even If I Don’t Feel Like It

Psychiatrist Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan Surprise everyone! I’m not writing a rambling 3500 word post this week. Are you amazed? Grateful? I hope so! ;) Consider it my early holiday gift to you… Ever since we had a death in the family on September 6th, it has been tough around here. I wasn’t close to my brother-in-law, … Continue reading Why I Follow This Man’s Advice Even If I Don’t Feel Like It

A symposium of similar minds – Part 1

Friday the 23rd of October I had the privilege of joining in on the bipolar symposium. The attendees were sufferers, supporters and speakers of course. What was most striking upon […]

Nesting

Henry's Pillow 2

It’s autumn.  Time for apple cider and the annual ugly chest cold.  Time to put away shorts and see if the crotch in any of my old jeans will embarrass me in public.  Time to start work on my Solstice cards and pull out my Happy Light.

I love autumn, even if the waning light makes me think St. John of the Cross was probably bipolar and talking about winter when he coined the term dark night of the soul.  I love the smell of corn dust and how it hangs in the air.  I love the slant of the sun as it hits a golden point on its arc, how it burns through a single, curry-colored leaf stuck in the weeds.

I’m profoundly aware of how much I’m enjoying autumn this year.  Even with bronchitis and a pantheon of prescription inhalers on my counter, I watch the squirrels in their pre-winter frenzy and feel joy rise up.  Like a breath.  Like a sigh.  Clear lungs are not required.

I’ve had moments of bipolarness over the past five months.  Moments—not days or weeks or months.  Moments where the illness broke through to remind me to stay sharp.  I can’t go back to sleep.  And I also don’t fight or fret when the illness presents itself.  This is me, too.  All of this is me.

New BookcaseMy energy amazed me, and the way my mind opened to possibility and change.  Over the summer, I catalogued my apartment—the rotting furniture, the squeeze and mess of a tiny space, all the ways I made do when the idea of doing more overwhelmed me.  Getting a new bathtub and replacing the damaged linoleum floor suddenly made anything possible.

On my trips to Minneapolis to see friends, I also visited IKEA.  I gave away or trashed furniture that was too big, too ruined or too inefficient and replaced it with four beautiful pieces put together with my own two hands.  Now our living room fits us.  There’s room for the cats to chase each other, new places to nap, and a more inviting entry (rather than sliding in sideways and banging a hip on some ouchy corner).

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I’m also working on more efficient storage.  I installed roll-out, metal baskets under my kitchen sink and bathroom vanity.  I cleaned out a skinny cupboard in the kitchen, found tubs that fit the narrow space, and got seldom-used art supplies out of the way.

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valje-wall-cabinet-red__0290149_PE424853_S4IKEA carries a wall cabinet—basically, an open box with mounting hardware.  I tossed the hardware and stacked two of those on my coat closet shelf to wrangle the magazines I glean for greeting card captions (My closets have lots of height, so I’m always looking for stackables).  There was plenty of room left over to store other crafty stuff.  No more cascades of musty magazines when I get out the broom.

Autumn is the season for nesting.  We make ourselves snug and warm, surround ourselves with treasures and love, settle in for the long winter.  Nesting makes a place a home.  We should find comfort and relief there.  And joy.

Sitting here at my desk, with Henry curled on his pillow, I listen to James Vincent McMorrow and feel my home breathing with me.

A moment of joy.