Mental Illnesses Most Affecting Today’s Families

Mental Illnesses Most Affecting Today’s Families

We all want a perfect family, but it is not always possible. Mental health puts a lot of stress on family members and even breaks up families. This is why you should learn as much about the signs as possible, so you can spot them before it is too late. Below you will find a few common mental illnesses that will have a negative impact on your family life if you don’t notice them early enough. Having a loved one with a mental illness is not easy. We struggle every single day in our home with my husband's Bipolar. To make matters more difficult,...
Anxiety And Your Baby: How To Keep Panic At Bay As A New Parent

Anxiety And Your Baby: How To Keep Panic At Bay As A New Parent

Having a newborn to look after is difficult for any mother, no matter what their situation is in life. When you have anxiety, though, the struggle of those first few months can become even more extreme if you aren’t careful. New motherhood is a time of high anxiety on its own. When you add a lack of sleep and a lack of time to yourself, those first few months of parenting become prime times for anxiety flare-ups. Which is obviously not what you want when you’re trying to provide the best care for your baby possible. In extreme cases, anxiety...
That Way Madness Lies Movie Review

That Way Madness Lies Movie Review

That Way Madness Lies – synopsis Shaky and utterly chilling, iPhone footage shows Duanne Luckow’s descent into madness: his daily interactions, paranoid delusions and a full-blown psychotic episode at the top of 611-foot Multnomah Falls' crashing waters near Portland, Oregon. He informs viewers that he means business. Mental-health experts from Yale School of Medicine and from the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University say the iPhone footage Duanne Luckow shot, as he descends into madness in late 2010, offers a rare,...
Bipolar Disorder: Struggles & Triggers and How to Cope

Bipolar Disorder: Struggles & Triggers and How to Cope

Bipolar is a mental illness may affect as many as 60 million people worldwide. More than half of all patients begin seeing symptoms between the ages of 15 and 25, but it can begin at any age. (source: Latuda.com)  I have shared a few times about how my husband suffers from Bipolar 2. It's hard on both the patient and the spouse. Especially if the spouse is the only caregiver. Being a caregiver for someone with a mental illness is hard. You never know what the day will bring. I saw a quote recently that hits home a lot: “Having Bipolar...
Holiday Stress with a Mental Illness

Holiday Stress with a Mental Illness

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends. It can also be a stressful time of year, especially if you suffer from a mental illness. Holidays mean lots of parties, gifts, guests and a lot of togetherness. If you suffer from a mental illness this can be hard to adjust to. My husband does not like the holidays at all. He will actually yell at the tv over the endless Christmas commercials. (They do get to be annoying when it’s the same ones over and over). Not everyone with a mental illness has difficulty with the...
Knowing triggers and warning signs can help control Bipolar

Knowing triggers and warning signs can help control Bipolar

Bipolar is a mental illness that varies in severity depending on the patient. There are Bipolar triggers, things that happen that can trigger an episode. I am not a medical professional, nor do I claim to be one. This post is based on the experiences of myself and my husband who has Bipolar II. If you or a loved one needs help with Bipolar symptoms please seek the advice of a trained medical professional.  Bipolar is a mental illness that I learn more about every single day. My husband suffers from Bipolar II and as his wife, I'm his...
The Real Truth About Anxiety Symptoms

The Real Truth About Anxiety Symptoms

We all have things we struggle in our day to day lives. This is especially true when you are living with anxiety. Anxiety can be managed to a point but you have to know what your triggers are and try to avoid them.  Life is hard enough as it is, having a mental illness like anxiety just adds to the everyday stress of things. I know personally, I do not like large crowds. My husband doesn't like to leave the house much at all anymore. He says it's too “peopley” outside. When people think of a mental illness they think of illnesses...
Bipolar is hard for everyone not just the patient: A caregivers perspective

Bipolar is hard for everyone not just the patient: A caregivers perspective

Bipolar is a mental illness that affects everyone that has a relationship with them. This is especially true for their caregivers. Being the caregiver of anyone with a serious longterm illness can be frustrating, stressful and lonely. This is especially true when you are caring for someone with Bipolar. The Bipolar caregiver stress is difficult to deal with because it's hard for other people to understand what you go through day in and day out. Bipolar is an illness that affects people differently. You can have 3 people in a room some of...

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