Category: Health

  • Self-acceptance and Self-Awareness: Zabian’s Welcome Home

    Self-acceptance and Self-Awareness: Zabian’s Welcome Home

    Self-acceptance and self-awareness are key to building a solid foundation in our lives, writes Najwa Zabian in her book Welcome Home. When I started reading the book and its powerful description of how the foundations of the homes of our lives are built on self-acceptance and self-awareness, rather than on other things that would lead […]

  • How I (Usually) Avoid Bipolar Spending

    How I (Usually) Avoid Bipolar Spending

    Let’s just say I have bought a lot of books and donated a lot of money. This would be the affective aspect of schizoaffective disorder. The mood part. The #bipolar part. It’s no secret that people with bipolar disorder, when mania hits, will spend tons of money without thinking twice about it. We also genuinely […]

  • The Somatics Blessing

    The Somatics Blessing

    I have written about the blessings of somatics (here), but in a recent post I described what I called the somatics trap, where somatics isn’t always the best if you’re on a higher dose of antipsychotics. Somatic therapists, I wrote, often don’t acknowledge that their approach isn’t for everyone, especially if a person has a […]

  • My Life in Dog Years

    My Life in Dog Years

    By Betsy Rectenwald, photo credit, Henry Rectenwald, featuring Erin, Todd and Addie Recently I lost two of my very best friends. Dearest Penny dog lost her life to a raging blood infection, and my beloved Granddog, Addie, died of cancer. The grief has been incredible. My heart is broken. So, given this sorrow and heartbreak, […]

  • The Somatics Trap

    The Somatics Trap

    I’m still doing fine, but have had to go up on my medicine because I started doing “too” well, if you know what I mean (hello – mania!). I got really productive there for a couple of weeks, and then I got too excited about that to really enjoy the fruits of my labor. I […]

  • Non-striving: It really works!

    Non-striving: It really works!

    I have gotten myself really worked up in the past few weeks. I went to a Christian conference, and let’s just say that I got a little bit into the works-righteousness mode. I became super obsessed with becoming perfect and also started worrying about behaviors that I saw in my spouse and friends that didn’t […]

  • Breathable Love

    Breathable Love

    By Lindsay Vernor *I am publishing something I didn’t write myself. This essay describes what, had I experienced it, I would have seen as a clinical problem, maybe dissociative identity disorder. It is a powerful reminder that sometimes we experience normal things but because of our illness, we assume it’s not normal. Lindsay writes: My […]

  • Flexible Routines are My Version of Health

    Flexible Routines are My Version of Health

    It seems that as long as I have remembered I have been learning about highly successful people and their rigid routines that helped them to be so productive during their lives. One formidable figure took a walk a certain time through Heidelberg every day. Another one would write at least 1000 words a day from […]

  • Going deeper still…

    Going deeper still…

    I have bought several secular books on meditation. In the mornings, I always used to do a meditation, whether mindfulness (mindfulness based stress reduction) or some other trending book with beautiful drawings and formatting. The only spiritual devotional I use is Peter Bellini’s Truth Therapy. I wrote about Truth Therapy and its positive influence in […]

  • Stability continues…: My Grandmother’s Hands

    Stability continues…: My Grandmother’s Hands

    I think that it is important to realize that we are all at different stages of wellness. Medication does not guarantee wellness, but neither does avoiding medication and thinking that you’re well because you are not medicated. I have worked through more trauma in the past few months and am making serious headway in building […]