This is an excellent idea and I encourage you to check it out.

Mental Health Cop

I was a bit early to collect my son from school today so I sat in the car listening to BBC Radio Five Live – my preferred radio channel.  Richard Bacon was interviewing the actor / singer John BARROWMAN and his sister, Professor Carol BARROWMAN and the subject came up of accents.  These guys were born in Scotland to Scottish parents but moved to the United States as children.  Consequently they can speak easily and naturally with with Scottish and American accents and often switch for different reasons.  They were talking away about the concept of having two ‘natural accents’ when Carol suddenly described the practice of swapping between them as “a bit schizophrenic”.

It reminded of a boss I once had: someone who on one occasions took exception to two opinions I had which she regarded as inherently contradictory and informed me that “it was a bit schizophrenic if…

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Nominate your favourite blogs

I want to bring to your attention…

*drum roll*

… announcing The World of Mentalists Annual TWIM Awards!

So head on over to TWOM and submit your nominations for your favourite mental health blogs by clicking this link: and you might even spot some really cool bloggers while you’re there.

I think it is a great way to recognize the blood, sweat and tears that go into these blogs.

Have a great weekend.


p.s. So I gave up on blogging everyday for the National Health Blog Month.  I ended up with too much on my plate and it is one of the things that fell off.  *sigh*

I’m on a roll…

This is my second day in a row participating in National (Mental) Health Blog Month.  I’m on fire!

Write about a time you had to take the high road.

This is a tough one–I don’t think I’ve ever taken the high road.  I’m stubborn as hell.

I guess that’s not true–I am married. 🙂

I took the high road recently with my family doctor.  She was asked by the agency who I am filing for disability with to provide information for my case.

She didn’t.

They sent her a second notice and I followed up.

She still didn’t.

Last month I received a notice that I had been declined disability.  One of the reasons cited was:

Information was requested from your family doctor in letters dated Aprill7, and June 1, 2012, however as of today, no information has been received. The information currently on file indicates your treating psychiatrist retired in September 2011. There is no indication your care has been transferred to another psychiatrist for ongoing treatment and medication adjustment.

I was livid.  I had an appointment scheduled and I was going to give her a piece of my mind.

I didn’t.  It is her prerogative to disregard disability requests and it’s mine to find another doctor who understands my mental disorder.

Is that taking the high road?  Or did I just wuss out?

How about you?  When have you taken the high road?

Sucking at doing this National Health Blog Post Month Thingy

The info on the National Health Blog Post Month:

Yeah, so I have missed a few days.  I have the best intentions to do the post and then I forget.

I blame it on my meds. 🙂

Today’s exercise is: Write a list of 3 things that you’re thankful for / excited about / or inspired by,

  1. I am grateful for my life.
  2. I am grateful for my health.
  3. I am grateful for the love I receive from my kitty cats.

What 3 things would be on your list?

National Health Blog Post Month: Day 2

I decided to participate in the National (insert Mental) Health Blog Post Month (

I missed the first day 😦

Okay, on to the second day…

Write about the weirdest thing about your (mental) health

The weirdest thing about my mental health disorder (C-PTSD) is since my trauma started, I have a floating sensation.  It feels like I am floating like a buoy in the water–sometimes the water is rough and sometimes it’s tiny whitecaps.

Weird, right?  In all my travels, virtually and from alternative practitioners to allopaths, I have not heard of anyone else who experiences this sensation as consistently (i.e. all the time) as I do.

In fact, when I researched it on the Internet a few years ago, I came up with zilch.  Notta.  Google failed me.

So I wrote a post and drew a cartoon about it with the hope that others like me would find it and feel less alone: Relief from floating anxiety.

How about you?  What’s the weirdest thing about your mental health?


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I want to share something pretty awesome with you today!

Last week, fellow Partners for Mental Health Community Correspondent, Casey, started an amazing campaign – #IAM.
First of all, in case you don’t remember.. Casey is 16 years old. SIX. TEEN.
At sixteen, Casey was changing the world. What the heck was I doing at sixteen?

Anyway, I digress.

Here’s the details for #IAM that I directly from the website:

#IAM is created for people who are affected by mental illness directly or indirectly. We want to help end the stigma that comes with mental illness along with creating awareness and educating society on what it’s really like to suffer. Our main goal is to get people to open up and tell their story about mental illness. 

One in every three news stories about mental illness are about crime and murder. We want to show society that not everyone with a mental illness is violent and homicidal. We want to give hope and strength to our viewers. 

We love fireworks. The stigma that comes with having a mental illness is the black, white and grey in life. Even in brain scans, a person who suffers with depression has a darker and more shawdowed brain than those without. Fireworks represent the strength to reach the sky and immense amounts of color. We want to show our viewers that recovery is possible and that we all have a firework inside of us, bursting with color. 

#IAM wants to get people to share their stories, pledge for better services, speak out against stigma, and believe that mental illness includes recovery, strength and even color. 

It’s simple to help us color the world. Simply take a picture of yourself, or take a small five-second video clip holding a sign saying #IAM… (with up to four positive words about yourself) then send it to us at You can also send us a tweet, post on our Facebook wall, or send us who you are on tumblr. 

We would love to hear from you and appreciate it if you spread the word!

Give Casey’s project a glance and help spread the word 🙂

Book Project Call for Submissions

A wonderful opportunity to tell your story in a collection of experiences to raise mental health awareness. Check it out!!

...But She's Crazy


“I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide.”

-Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”

-Margaret Atwood

With May and Mental Health Awareness month just behind us (at least for US residents), the question that may be on many a mind is what we, as individuals who live with mood or personality disorders, can truly do to raise awareness and understanding about this often-underrepresented and marginalized segment of society and the issues it faces. How can we go about undoing the enduring stigmas surrounding mental health struggles? How can we put a familiar, human face on an issue so laden…

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