The Art of Living with a Mood Disorder

 Mental Health Manifesto 

 A healthy relationship with your mood disorder must be created and nurtured

In a healthy relationship the little things are the big things

It is never being hard on yourself for having one

It is remembering to say ”I’m powerful and will not be disempowered by my diagnoses ” once each day/hour/minute  – whatever it takes

It is never going to sleep without your medication or support managed

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives with your doctor and care providers

It is standing together and facing the world with your family and others that support you

It is forming a circle of love and support around you, and finding those individuals who accept you, no matter what

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude to yourself in thoughtful ways

It is having the capacity to forgive and let go of the past

It is giving yourself an opportunity to become self aware and compassionate

It is a common search for peace and freedom

It is not only letting go of the meaning you have attached to your diagnosis,

it is being fully self-expressed and creating a future to live into.

 

Letting the Dragon Out…..

As I stood in the warm kitchen with my back up against the sink for support, trying to contain my anxiety, the voice inside my head  kept repeating:

  • ” You can shut this down right now”

  • “The escape is the backdoor, 2 steps to your left”,

  • “Don’t tell him you are crazy, he won’t want to be in a relationship with you”

This repeated in my head over and over and over again.

The warm breeze of late summer was making everything hotter than it should be. I kept reminding myself that there is an escape plan – the back door and my freedom was just steps away. I could be outside away from this conversation in less than 3 seconds. (more…)