Friday Finds Number Four!

Friday is a sacred day for many people and for many different reasons: end of the work week, 90s Night at your local club, date night with your love, quiet night at home with a book, the beginning of a weekend with your kiddos – Whatever the reason, most people seem to put “Friday” on a pedestal. And this blog is no different! On Fridays in THIS corner of the internet, I like to share the love and show you all some posts by other bloggers that I found interesting, informative, and awesome. There’s not typically a theme, but for whatever reason (time of year, my own general disposition this week, or some strange universal force guiding my mouse) most of the selections for this week are personal narratives of the struggles many people with mental health diagnoses face. I hope you enjoy the selections here and consider checking out the authors’ other posts as well!

First up on the list is this raw and honest description of depression by Amy Mcdowell Marlow, who runs the blog Blue Light Blue. This particular piece is an honest reflection of a time when Amy was struggling with deep depression, and I think it’s a brutally honest portrayal of what that can mean.

Next up is this post on what psychosis is like for one woman. Written by Meghan Shultz, who lives with Bipolar I, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder, this is a raw and honest picture of what psychosis looks like in her life. You can find more about Meghan on her site Always Unstable and you can check out her Always Unstable: Bipolar and Hospitalization: A Memoir on Amazon.

Then there’s this piece on the pain of surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide. I chose this piece because it shows that grief is not one size fits all. It varies from person to person. Rayne’s experience resonated on some levels with my own grief process. You can read more about her on her blog Journey Toward Healing.

This is a very interesting and personal post that speaks to a much larger issue: the pitfalls of getting pulled into social media debates. As advocates and people living with mental health diagnoses, seeing ignorant people post stupid stuff can get our blood boiling. If you’re like me, you’ll get roped in and start going back and forth with some ignorant fool who has no interest in learning or challenging his/her/their preconceived notions, regardless of new information provided.  I found Eddie’s take on this particular exchange to resonate with me and, I assume, many others. Eddie is a survivor of childhood sexual assault and an author. You can find more about his journey on his website here.

And finally, to end on a lighter note, there is this piece on Mindful Photography by Sarah Lou. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that photography is my absolute favorite form of mindfulness. I was really excited to stumble across this piece and realize I am not alone in that! Sarah is a fantastic blogger based in Australia. You can read more about her on her site Hello Sarah Lou.

That’s it for this week’s Finds. I hope you enjoy them! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave ’em in the comment section below, or feel free to Tweet me @paradichotomy. Much love to you! 




Friday Finds # 2

Happy Friday everyone! I spoke prematurely in my last post about kicking this cold to the curb. Truly sorry to leave you all hanging (if you were hanging) on the Emotional Regulation post. In an effort to not jinx myself again, I’m not going to say “I’m better”, rather, I will say that I’m feeling well enough to at least get this post up to spread some love to my fellow mental health bloggers. And, if “feeling well enough” continues, Emotional Regulation will also be posted today! (Seriously, this cold is like every cold I’ve ever had compacted into one virus that took steroids before hitting me.) I really appreciate everyone’s patience and the many wonderful people who have reached out to check in.

Without further ado, I give to you the posts by other bloggers that really stood out to me this week in WordPress Land. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

This post  is a great description of one man’s struggles with anxiety. Wonderfully written with fantastic imagery and brutal honesty. This is not just a post “telling” you what anxiety feels like, it “shows” you, and it is a great read! CHeck it out and then hang around his blog for a while. It’s worth your time! 

For all my fellow #bipolarbuddies , this is a great read on he impact of “Spring Mania” on the hypomanic symptoms in BPAD II. It’s honest and personal, while also being insightful and educational. 

This one is a little “scholarly” and heady , but it’s very important research that exposes the “hierarchy of stigma” within public perceptions of mental health. This post highlights findings from a recent study on the way the label of “schizophrenia” tends to carry more stigma and ostracization than people with the same symptoms not labeled Schizophrenic. I found this to be very insightful, and I’m looking forward to more research being one and, hopefully, an application of the results of this study and the follow-up ones to fight the stigma of the broader society’s view of Schizophrenia and other “major” mental health diagnoses.

This post  is Emma’s story on her recovery from eating disorders. This will be a seven part reflective series, and I think it promises to be very interesting and informative. The first post is certainly wonderful! Please check it out and give her blog some love, too! 

And, finally, this post is a great write up of the impact of Bipolar, and a fantastic piece “Setting straight” the author’s actual experience versus people’s preconceived notions and general misunderstanding of the diagnosis.

There is is, folks! I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to check out some of these great posts!

For those of you tracking my progress on the 30 Day Mental Cleanse Challenge, I’m IMG_20170403_092747_525000actually still on track with that – goal yesterday was to watch Buffy or X-Files and geek out. I ended up watching Stargate SG-1 instead, which, I’m quite positive, knocks up the “geeing out” factor a little all on it’s own! And when it comes to Stargate, I’m even more of a geek than season one Daniel Jackson. (If you get the reference, I love you; if you don’t, don’t worry about it – keep viewing me as the cool kid, that’s fine, too!) Today’s goal was to do at least one self-soothing activity. I used two – I enjoyed a very tasty berry/kale/yogurt/orange juice smoothie and I took a super long, hot shower! (My daughter is with her dad today, so it was a rare opportunity to not rush the showering process. Hey, when you’re a mama, you gotta take it when you can!)

As always, please let me know what you thought of this post, and let’s get social on Facebook or Twitter! Peace and love!


Friday Finds

Want to get out of my corner of the Internet and explore a bit? These are some of the posts I’ve read this week that I found interesting and informative! 

Twisted Up Inside seems to be an anonymous blogger, but I find her creative depiction of a dissociative episode as seen by friends and family to be very insightful. 

You all seemed to really enjoy my “Scrawling Toward Sanity” posts – the journal entries from my first and second days on the inpatient psych unit. I’ll be sharing another one in the next few days, but, if you want to read of other raw journal entries on what it’s like to be inpatient, check out this journal share from Morgan.  Also, be sure to poke around the rest of her blog! She’s got some awesome content! 

You all know I’ve been doing the Mental Cleanse Challenge for self-care. If that’s not quite your cup o’ tea, but you want some sort of structure to help you establish a consistent journaling habit, join The Original Phoenix in taking on the NaJoWriMo Challenge! Make sure to explore the rest of this fantastic blog as well! 


On the topic of Stigma and seemingly politically correct terminology that actually further damages the perception of those of us living with mental health diagnoses, give this fantastic critique of the term “behavioral health” by the great Natasha Tracy a read! 

My friend and fellow PTSD Mama and Blogger Betty wrote an excellent post on staying sober when triggered

I hope you enjoy all of these posts and blogs as much as I have! Now, truly, I’m going to take my feverish ass to bed and stop typing things. But, you can expect the Mental Cleanse Challenge – Day 7 and a posting on an awesome technique in interpersonal effectiveness called the Relationship Report Card – how healthy are the major relationships in your life? Pop in tomorrow evening and find an effective, easy method of “grading” them (No, you don’t ever have to show the report to anyone, but it’s a good tool to see, for yourself, which people in your inner circle may be toxic, and which are truly friends.)