Friday Finds Number Three!

So, I’m a slacker and I skipped last Friday’s post! I truly apologize for this! Truth be told, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’ve definitely been in a bit of a Mixed episode, thankfully muted by medication, but certainly still present. Ahh… the wonderful effects of Spring on the Bipolar mind.

For those of you who may be new here, Friday Finds is where I link to other amazing blog posts I’ve found throughout the week (or weeks, in this case). Spanning from engaging personal reflection to scientific research to resource links, I try to include a little bit of everything! Anyway, enough of my blabbering! Here are this weeks Friday Finds:

  • First up on the list this week is this piece written by an amazing young man named Sam on 6 things he’s learned in mental health recovery. It’s a great read and I found it very encouraging.
  • Then, there’s this post – amazing artistic renditions of the hallucinations one 18 year old living with Schizophrenia has experienced. She is incredibly talented and has an awareness that many of us are still struggling to gain well into adulthood. Check it out!
  • This post is a wonderful description of the way we need to re-learn to breathe with Anxiety. People without Anxiety struggles take breathing for granted. Those of us living with Anxiety know how hard it can be. Also, give the OP some love, they’re struggling a bit right now.
  • This post is a breakdown of passive v. active suicidal ideation, and the author’s experience with both. The post does not speak for all people, but it does grant a certain optimism that SI can be managed. As always, if you are struggling with any suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. Remember that passive suicidal ideation can jump to active before you really know what hit you. If you’re in the US, the quickest and most easily accessible resource is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which you can call at 1-800-273-8255. They also have a Crisis Chat for those of us that get nervous about making phone calls. Also, if you or someone you know feels that the danger is imminent, please call 911 or go to a hospital Emergency Room.
  • This article is on Persistent Depressive Disorder (previously known as dysthymia), which is a type of depression that many people never get diagnosed. Please give it a read.
  • This blog post is one person’s view of celebrities speaking out on mental health, and how that is simultaneously a good thing and quite frustrating for those of us who’ve been speaking out for a while and ignored or stigmatized.
  • For my #bipolarbuddies, this post is one person’s warning/ personal experience on the way mood episodes can blindside us and the importance of being mindful even for slight changes in our moods before they become full blown episodes.
  • This post on PTSD and people’s ignorance may be a little triggering as it includes an overheard conversation of two people discussing whether or not PTSD is even a real thing. But, it’s important that we know that there are people like this out there as we continue to educate and battle stigma.
  • Finally, to end on a positive note, here’s this optimistic poem about the future and integrating a traumatic past.

 

That’s it for this week, all! I hope you enjoy these posts! Despite the difficulties I’ve faced in the past few weeks, I’ve managed to accomplish some truly awesome things of which I am proud! If you missed it, I was a guest on The Sarah Fader Podcast! If you have time, I’d love for you to give it a listen and let me know what you think! Also, I’ve partnered with Schizophrenic NYC and Stigma Fighters to create a charity T-Shirt. There will be a larger post on this coming, but, this is the T-Shirt:

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It’s all about taking down stigma and owning our diagnosis! If you or someone you love is living with Bipolar Affective Disorder (of any form), please consider buying one of these shirts! All profits (any money that does not cover production, design, or time spent) will be donated to Stigma Fighters to help them continue to do the amazing work they are doing!

That’s about it from me! I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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