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More Than Self Care

Jess Change Your World, Down with the Sickness (Mental Health), Following My Dreams, Massey Approach to Recovery, Personal Care 3 Comments

If you have a serious, persistent mental illness (SPMI), than you have been told over and over again how to “recover” from an episode of your illness. Focus on self-care. Make sure you’re getting enough rest. Take it easy, try not to overwhelm yourself. Make sure you’re taking your medications and seeing your doctor/therapist/other practitioners as scheduled. Get on a …

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One Helluva Ride

Jess Change Your World, Down with the Sickness (Mental Health), Following My Dreams, I Make Poor Choices, Medical Maladies (Physical Health), My Marriage, The Bipolar Roamer (Travel) 1 Comment

Things are not good. It’s 2:00 AM. I’m drinking again, and listening to Johnny Cash—a dangerous combination. I’ve been fighting this depression for weeks, months, maybe years. I don’t remember the last time I was fully “happy.” I’ve been content, or happy for a short time, or satisfied, and I’m really good at faking it; but down-to-my-core-joyful for an extended …