This has been an amazing weekend for me. A good friend of mine has done me a solid and hooked me up with a service dog through the woman who provided him with his own. The dog’s name is Harper and she is a rescued Pitbull. She has been fully trained and is going to … Continue reading Service Dog Update
One of the things that bothers me a lot is the constant conversations that are going on in my head. My literal every waking moment I am talking to myself in my own head. I didn’t realize till recently, that I was not the only one who suffers from that. My conversations can last from … Continue reading Constant Conversations
This was meant to be a podcast, but I have exceeded this month’s limit on uploads. I guess I’ve been more active than I thought I was. It looks like I will have to go to the next hosting plan up which will more than double my data plan for hosting. I talked a little … Continue reading Take Your Meds
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