Overview Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with … Continue reading What is PTSD?
Overview Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you … Continue reading What is Depression?
How to function with low energy from bipolar depression: 1. Get out of bed. It’s the last thing you want to do but it is really important that you do not stay in one place all day. It can actually make you feel worse to stay put. 2. Take some space. If you feel like you need … Continue reading Surviving Bipolar
Overview Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships. With borderline personality disorder, you have an intense fear of abandonment or instability, … Continue reading What is Borderline Personality Disorder
Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts to mania or hypomania (less extreme than … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?
Psychiatric Service Dogs assist handlers who have a mental illness or psychiatric disability. Psychiatric Service Dogs are often cross trained for other specialties, too. Provide Medication RemindersLay Across Handler to Provide Deep Pressure Therapy During Panic AttacksProvide Tactile Grounding Via Nuzzling or LickingApply Gentle Teeth Pressure to Forearm to Interrupt Dissociative EpisodeAlert Handler to Episodes … Continue reading Psychiatric Service Dog’s Tasks
I recently have become obsessed with getting a psychiatric service dog (PSD). Whether it is fortunate or unfortunate for my bipolar mind that the process can take anywhere between 6 months and up to 2 years. That doesn’t jive too well with my need for instant gratification. However with my bipolar obsession, I’ve done a … Continue reading Psychiatric Service Dogs
The worst part of having a mental illness is people expecting you to behave as if you don't. --The Joker
I just published a new podcast episode. Its short and choppy, but it also reflects my mental state. I am rather manic at the moment and I'm sure the trained ear can catch that in this episode. It was an act of sheer will to get this one out. I am being held back by … Continue reading Moving Forward
You are out one day, minding your own business, when there is a cascade blackout that sweeps across the country. You are twenty miles from home, traffic is jammed up, and you need to get out of Dodge. What do you do? That's the question many survivalists and preppers try to answer. What do you … Continue reading When the Sh*t Hits the Fan