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You know, most people don’t know how offensive that is. This weekend I went to a party where many people seemed “liberal” in their social beliefs. In fact they were angry because gays are not given equal rights. But in a previous conversation during the evening someone had mentioned Mary Todd Lincoln and how Abraham Lincoln should have divorced her because she was mentally ill. I just about said, “So, maybe he loved her.” Or “Well if she had had MS should she be divorced?

It really bugs me when people say things like that.

One time in talking to a friend I told her about some strange behavior of my husband. She said I could divorce him if he were mentally ill. She had no idea how that just shut me up about telling her any of my issues. She had no idea that I was once labeled “mentally ill.”

You might want to read this story about her in Newsweek: Helcat or Helpmate: The Mary Todd Lincoln Sage


The song, entitled “SSRIs – S.S.R.Lies,” is Mike Adam’s of hip-hop answer to the child-destroying industry of modern psychiatry.

Hat tip to the SafeHarbor yahoo support group.


Mike says, “What’s important to note here is that the hip-hop music genre has the potential to reach teens and kids far better than articles or books. This song can get directly onto the iPods and computers of teens who need to hear this message, and they may begin to learn more about psychiatric drugs and resist being chemically abused by psychiatrists.

Spinning shoes

Spinning shoes

As many of you know, this is a very stressful time in my life.  Some of you have received private emails from me on what is going on. Let me just tell you ….LOTS!  Lots of ill family members and other very stressful events.

Two nights in a row I woke up at 1 a.m. thinking it was morning. I became fearful that I was going to have or already had and “elevated” mood.  One night I took leftover tablet of  Zyprexa. The next night I took a left-over tablet of Lithium.

Yesterday I saw my holistic MD so that we could nip any “mania” in the bud.

Here is my patient plan:

  • 5-HTP 50 or 100 mg. Take at bedtime, on empty stomach (Although at this time I may take much more.)
  • Discontinue L-Tyrosine (Can be energizing.)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids 1,000 mg 3 x day
  • Magnesium 400 mg 2 x day
  • Balance B-50 (may be energizing at this time)
  • Discontinue most vitamins at this time as they may be energizing.
  • L-Glutamine 1-2 teaspoons in drinks x day.
  • GABA 500 SL or PO as needed for anxiety
  • Sleep Essentials (Swanson’s blend) for sleep…but can take during day for anxiety
  • Melatonin
  • Taurine 500 mg 1-2  2-3 x day.
  • TMG 500 mg 1-2 2-3 x day.
  • Emergency prescription for Lithium in case I need it.

Key SL-sublingual (under tongue) PO per os (by mouth) mg – milligrams.

Hands with wedding rings

Hands with wedding rings

Do you think your status as “mentally ill” or “well” affects who you marry? Or how your feel about your marriage or your spouse?

I found something on the net that said that people who have problems with depression improve after marriage, even if it is a so-so marriage. Marriage is good for people, even if it is a not the best marriage. A bad, abusive marriage is not good. Read story here.

I wonder if people “settle” when they have a mental illness…thinking who would want them with their mental illness. Have you ever experienced losing a boyfriend or girlfriend because of mental illness?

Have you put up with things that you wouldn’t have put up with before you were diagnosed?

Well, I said I wasn’t posting today because I was too busy, but I did some more reading, starting with Gianna’s Beyond Meds blog. She included a post of a You Tube Bipolar Disorder: How to Heal Bipolar Mania and links to several other blogs (Different Thoughts) and through surfing I came to some people who were able to put into words what I felt about Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk about her stroke, A Stroke of Insight.”

Here is what Stephanie of Idealwg has to say about that TED talk:

So many people have sent me the link to the TED talk given by Jill Bolte Taylor (transcript here). I watched it and was a bit curious as to why people are so impressed with this 18 minutes. She is a good performer but not a good scientist. Some thoughts from others are below. What did you think of the video?

From a professor:

It is unfortunate that Jill Boltes dragged out the left-brain/right-brain stuff as an explanation for her experiences since the brain does not work that way. In other words, while the sequence of events might have been somewhat different, she would probably have had the same sorts of experiences had the stroke occurred in the right cerebral hemisphere rather than the left.

The only reason I can think of that she used the left-brain/right-brain metaphor is that she must have gone to school in the 1970s when we really did think that the

brain worked like that, and then didn’t read anything relevant after that (that happens more than you think in academia). By 1980 it had become obvious that the brain didn’t work like that even though the left-brain/right-brain distinction persisted in new age books and popular culture for quite some time after that. If you don’t believe me that there is no left-brain/right-brain duality then read the following two articles:

Yates, F. E. (1980). Two minds about brain asymmetries. American Journal of Physiology, 238, R1-R2.

Ellenberg, L. & Sperry, R. W. (1980). Lateralized division of attention in the commissurotomized and intact brain. Neuropsychologia, 18, 411-418. [Note here that Sperry was one of the people who STARTED the left-brain/right-brain metaphor in the first place.]

Also I’m not sure why she misleads viewers about the interconnections between the cerebral hemispheres, which are multiply connected, most notably through the brain stem and massa intermedia in addition to the corpus callosum. The problem is that that sort of professional blundering discredits the rest of what she says for those who do know brain physiology. And that is unfortunate because of the rich layers of experiences that she has during her near-death experience.

Thank you Gianna for your post on Bipolar Awakening and the link to Different Thoughts.

These posts and blogs got me to thinking even more about the discussion that on our circle of blogs. Recently I posted about supplements and Susan of Bipolar Wellness Writer stated that she did not use supplements and that she had had a bad experience with a charlatan who had prescribed supplements to cure her depression. I have, for a long time been focused on healing myself through the use of supplements and food. But the Susan’s experience and the video make me think that when we focus on only the biological aspect, without the spiritual aspect as the cause of mental illness, we truly lose valuable insight and alternative ways of healing.

I do some complaining about my past docs. But several of them did prescribe walking, canoeing, roller-skating out-of-doors, ice-skating, and camping. Intuitively they knew it will help my state of mind. Research is now backing this up.

It doesn’t have to be that energy intensive. Sometimes just more green space in an urban area can have great affects on mental health. Especially children diagnosed with ADHD. Read more from the website:

Mental health benefits from nature.

Green Exercise Reduces Depression and Aggression in Adults and Kids

© Sue Cartledge

Researchers are establishing credible grounds for green prescriptions — where doctors ‘prescribe’ contact with nature for various conditions — and for parks to be considered a national health resource.

Read more here.

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In the past, I suffered from CHAOS. That stands for Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome.  My place was so messy that I was totally embarrassed. While I was single, I would never invite a beau in for fear he would drop me like a hot potato once he saw my mess.  I also lost important documents.  One time I even lost my glasses!

I was so poor that I would have qualified for some financial aid (food stamps, heating assistance, etc.), but I was so disorganized that I couldn’t find pay stubs and bills. I would bring in some of the documents that I needed and the service worker would tell me I was missing some. So I would go home and bring her back other documents, but in the meantime I lost the first set of documents I brought in. 

A mental health diagnosis just exasperates this issue.  Maybe I should be labeled with ADHD, maybe with mania, maybe depression. Or maybe instead of rehashing through my past through psychoanalysis, or doping me up with drugs, (pharmaceuticals) a more helpful technique would have been to teach me how to deal with CHAOS.

Four years ago I found on the web.  The first thing she asks you to do is shine your sink.  Her other big hints are to get dressed to the shoes and make the bed first thing in the morning.

You know, when I suffered from depression I would lay in bed all day, get up and sit in my robe and before I knew it they day was almost over…Or when I was working, before I knew it I was late for work.


Four years ago I started to do ONE thing every single day.  That one thing was make the bed.

(I also got up and drank a cup of coffee with my husband. I hate mornings, so this was very hard. I really wish I would have done this in my first marriage.)

It took me a whole year to get this habit down….a whole year do to this one thing. But you know what?  Now it is a habit. Now my bed is ALWAYS made. When the bed is made, you aren’t tempted to get back in it. And you just feel better.

The other thing I do is get dressed to the shoes.  If I don’t get dressed to the shoes, I tend to read the paper, surf the net, or be late for an appointment.

Flylady is a big proponent of sinking the sink…then you want to keep the kitchen clean. And she says, “You can do anything 15 minutes at time.”  I hate housework.  We don’t have a dishwasher. Sometimes I set the timer for 15 minutes and work at cleaning the kitchen and washing the dishes for 15 minutes. When the bell rings, I stop.

I had a friend say, “Oh when you get started, you just want to keep going and finish right?  WRONG. I hate housework. I love a tidy house. But if I make a promise to myself that it isn’t going to be a marathon session….just 15 minutes; then I do get some cleaning and straighting accomplished. And then later on, I do 15 minutes worth of work. Often by this time the kitchen is clean!

What if a caseworker would have helped me like this?  What if I would have spent $150.00 to $300.00 an hour on a person to help me organize instead of a person to psychoanalyze?  What if I had spent only $20.00 or a little more an hour to a professional organizer to help me?

Yes, I believe there is some reason or cause for my problems. And has helped me just as much as any mental health professional.





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