What Is Madness?

I’ve been asked what the difference is between mental illness and madness. I absolutely love language, and words are fascinating to me. While some people find the term madness to be outdated or even offensive, it is a word that resonates deeply with me. I do not want to step on anyone’s toes here, because […]

How Mental Illness Affects My Life

I am disabled because of my mental illnesses. I have bipolar II, major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I was diagnosed when I first presented my bipolar symptoms at age 19, 12 years ago. I also dealt with major depression as a child. I am disabled because I have mixed-state, rapid cycling episodes with […]

What Is a Mixed-State Episode?

I’d like to explain what a typical bipolar episode is like for me. I have rapid-cycling, mixed-state episodes with psychotic features. A mixed-state episode can lean one way or another, so it can be helpful to refer to them as manic or depressive for purposes of communication, but every mixed-state episode has features of both […]

Help! I Think I’m Mentally Ill!

So, you think you may have a mental illness. Time to start the process of getting a doctor. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a doctor, ask yourself if your mental state is causing you pain or problems. If it is, you need a doctor. Make an appointment with a psychiatrist today, […]

What is a Mental Illness? What is the Cause?

All mental illness is a sickness involving changes in thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or behaviors, and they stem from a combination of chemical imbalances in the brain, brain structure abnormalities, and personal history/environment. It is not something you choose to have, and we’d all cure ourselves if that was possible. No one would choose this. Something […]

Can Mental Illness Ever Get Better?

Most mental illnesses cannot be cured, but treatment has the goal of putting the illness into remission, which means you are healthy for a while, sometimes a long while, before you relapse. I am currently in remission for Major Depressive Disorder, which means that depression is not preventing me from functioning, and I’m in partial […]