This post does not pull any punches. It's about homelessness, the reality of self and personal agendas. It is not targeted at anyone but myself and the experiences I have recently had on this topic. I realise it may not sit well with people. Please consider your responses before you comment. I appreciate you reading my … Continue reading Looking with eyes closed
As part of Mental Health Month, I will be sharing more on what my day to day life can be like as a Christian living with Bipolar 2 Disorder, Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder. I hope to uncover some real life battles that go on and how I am learning to manage the onslaught, fight the battle and come out stronger in my faith and my wellbeing.
As it's Mental Health Month here is Australia I got to thinking about my own journey with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorder. The past few weeks have been quite flat out with family, church, obligations and well, just life! I've not stopped a great deal but I have made the effort to have an … Continue reading A New Perspective Can Bring Change if You’re Paying Attention
I've been thinking about suffering lately. I am coming to believe that we live in a society that values happiness and it's continual pursuit over the necessity of acknowledging struggle, fear, grief and suffering. This leaves many of us feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. It sends a message that if we can't find happiness we … Continue reading What if happiness is a lure and not an antidote?
Being real, and working toward understanding who we are, is really hard work. It's not just daily, it can be hourly. Minute by minute. But over the past six months or so I've been learning (much to my frustration, of course) some keys that seem to be relevant in moving forward and becoming more healthy … Continue reading Three Keys to Being Real
Today I want to talk about overcoming the fear of the unknown. I realise that everyone deals with 'the unknown' in different ways and the things that cause them to fear it are complex, unpredictable and diverse. My current challenges lie within two predominant areas: flying and being around large congested crowds. I'm going to … Continue reading Overcoming The Fear of The Unknown, One Panic Attack at a Time
***UPDATE*** I've finally had a formal assessment for my mental health. Even though I feel the jury is still out on Cyclothymia, my psychiatrist has confirmed the original diagnosis of Bipolar 2, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. To be honest, I am not worried. I am still 'relearning' about Bipolar 2 and how it differs from Cyclothymia, and … Continue reading The daily swings explained: understanding a Cyclothymic mind.
I tried. I really did. But then my brain started shooting off emails to the rest of my body and before I knew it, my stomach was replying to the morning instructions with growls. Twenty minutes passed and I had fully constructed this post in my mind. Bugger. I'm fully awake now. Sigh.
I am a hopeless case - I just can’t write bullshit. I can’t pretend to write stuff that doesn’t touch the heart and pull it out into the light. I can’t devote my energy, time, point of view or ideologies to words that when strung together are ‘just fine’
Hey Dad, It's been a while. So much has happened and I'm not too sure where to start. I became a writer - did I tell you that? Yeah, I know, you already knew that this was what I was supposed to do, but it just took a while for me to find it. The … Continue reading Hey Dad, it’s been a while…