Daily Archives: April 4, 2018

April Linkup Party with “A Chronic Voice”

Sheryl, from “A Chronic Voice” gives five prompts each month and invites bloggers to comment on all or some of them. This month’s prompts are Marveling, Splurging, Continuing, Balancing & Investing. I will do my best to do them justice. Marveling I marvel every day at the positive changes that have occurred in my life since we …


So today was a lot of talk about loss in my individual therapy session.  WE explored some the idea that I had lost more than a son when my youngest was born–since I had gotten depressed and  manic and had to drop my writing that it was a loss of identity as well.  So that was interesting to explore.  I knew I had mourned losing my career but had thought it was in the past by now, but my therapist said that it might have been brought back up by my not teaching this semester and that might have triggered this most recent loss of control.  So we talked about that.  That was a worthwhile conversation, I think.

The rest of the groups went well.  I took a screening tool for people who had been through child abuse and one section, whatever it represents, I really subscribed to it–there were 15 questions in it and I responded positively to 13 of them.  I’m interested to see what the results of it are all about.  I should hear about it tomorrow.

I guess I need to wind up so my and my youngest can go to church.  Bob’s not going since he is still getting over being sick yesterday.  He’s just going to come home instead of meeting us for dinner at church.  We will see how it all goes.



Love or Fear

Just been thinking about this, always and forever an ongoing and newly discovered issue for me! Just wanted to share it again.


IMG_0407Yoga, Sufism, Buddhism, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Christ teach about love. All these great philosophies and teachers say there are only two ways to live our lives. One is in fear of everything, the other is in love of everything. I think everyone understands what living in fear means, but not everyone knows what I mean by living in love of everything. So I’ll explain. It’s not just romantic love, although that’s included of course. But what I am talking about here is “out of love.” Your heart is full of love for all beings, and all things. Even when you encounter something “bad,” you act out of the love in your heart. You never say to a child who is unhappy, perhaps needlessly according to you, “If you don’t stop, I’ll really give you something to cry about.” You act with the love in your heart and try…

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Assessment for Bipolar Disorder

delasseBipolar Disorder Assessment should be done by a professional. Here are some things they should look for and discuss at an assessment:

If you are the person experiencing mood changes, a friend or family member may mention it to you or you might come to the conclusion on your own.  Your inquiry oftentimes starts with looking at information on the internet.

This is where the assessing begins.  People then usually go to their primary care doctor.  If they think they meet the criteria for bipolar disorder, they will refer them to a psychiatrist or some place/person that can better diagnose them.

The assessment usually starts with surveys or questionnaires. However, it should be more thorough and in depth.  It should cover the person’s life including their current circumstances, their triggers, the way they view the problem, coping strategies, and where they will get support.  An evaluation can result in other diagnoses before the correct one is found and can take 5 years to figure out.

During the evaluation period, the person doing the diagnosis should go over several things including:

  • Do you have any history with mental illness in your family?
  • What makes you think you have bipolar disorder?
  • What is your physical health like?
  •  What are your sources of stress and how do you deal with it?
  • What are your goals?
  •  What are your currently struggling with?
  •  What are your triggers?
  • What are the warning signs?
  • What were all the previous episodes like and what was it like in between the mood changes?
  •  What are you individual strengths?
  •  How do you cope?
  • What are your support networks?

It can be difficult to make a proper diagnosis for several reasons. That is because the experiences are usually misidentified as unipolar or depression first.  The hypomnic mood states are often missed.  That is why when be assessed, it is important that it is very thorough.

It can be difficult to figure out what normal behavior is and therefore hard to determine what hypomania would look like for that person.

Also, other things can present like bipolar disorder, but aren’t.  For example it could be a head injury, trauma, a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, among others.  Many times, alcohol or drug abuse masks the bipolar disorder as people will self medicate.  Therefore, it is difficult to determine the underlying cause.

If the assessment is done correctly and the person is diagnosed with bipolar disorder then that is just the beginning of a long road the person and their psychiatrist will endure to figure out ways to help them.

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Countdown to Muskogee. . . 16


You can only say good-bye so many times.

Then, it’s just a matter of waiting.