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Taking Bipolar to Work

Taking Bipolar to Work

I become aware of a familiar hollowness in my chest, like something has been removed and I don’t know what it is. I feel shaky. I suggest to the participants in the 2-day workshop I am co-training that we take a break, even though it […]

The Writing on the Web

The Writing on the Web

An electrical cord has somehow twisted around his neck. He lies on his back, his arms pinned behind him underneath his convulsing body. His head is smashed at a right angle against the wall and there is so much froth in his throat he is […]

A Suicide of One’s Own

A Suicide of One’s Own

There are different ways to say it: Took his own life. Self-inflicted death. Died at her own hands. Offed himself. Committed suicide. Killed herself. Multiple ways to wonder the same thing: Why? * Though her body of written work is extensive and laudable, Virginia Woolf […]

The Unwelcome Presence of Epilepsy

The Unwelcome Presence of Epilepsy

I started to hear a repetitive banging noise coming from the living room, and I yelled out, “Stop the banging!” When it did not stop, I marched out to the living room. “I said to stop the banging! What are you doing?!” I yelled again, […]

The Health of Our Heads

The Health of Our Heads

In retrospect, I can recognize the signs. It starts with agitation. I mismatch and contradict what people say. My filters are gone and I sometimes say insensitive things, things I wouldn’t normally say or would have said more diplomatically. I don’t sleep well that night. […]

The Journey: Our Neurological Perfect Storm

The Journey: Our Neurological Perfect Storm

On average: 35% of people who have autism will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives 45% of people with developmental disabilities have at least one co-occurring mental disorder 75% of people who have autism have a parent with a mental disorder These are […]

Awakening the Heart: Patience

Awakening the Heart: Patience

Part 3 in a series of posts about improving any type of relationship by practicing basic Buddhist teachings, based on a non-residential day retreat taught by the lamas at the Buddhist temple where I used to work. The six basic Paramitas (a word which means […]

Manic Doesn’t Always Mean Euphoric

Manic Doesn’t Always Mean Euphoric

After mentioning my medication, I recently told a new friend of mine that I have bipolar. He got this knowing look on his face and nodded, a slight smile appearing on his lips. I might have detected a quick, almost negligible eye roll, but that […]

Avoiding the Pain of Misdiagnosis

Avoiding the Pain of Misdiagnosis

Not the first time I knew I needed mental health help – but certainly the most memorable – was when I found myself rearranging the kitchen chairs for probably the tenth time by early afternoon, crying because I didn’t want to be doing it but […]

The Autism-Bipolar Link

The Autism-Bipolar Link

I first became interested in the concept of autism and dual diagnoses (aka comorbidities, although the term is not used much these days, I’ve discovered) long before my autistic son was also diagnosed with bipolar. I’d been picking up on “rumors” here and there about […]