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    When suicidal ideation is a problem

    Suicidal behavior vs suicidal ideation What’s the difference? I believe the difference between suicidal behavior and suicidal ideation is in the planning. In my last post, I announced that I am experiencing a mixed episode.  A relapse. What great timing! My fellow mental health advocate, Natasha Tracy writes openly about these types of issues. She wrote a piece- filled with statistics but also a non-scientific gauge for you to determine just how suicidal you may be. Again, it’s not scientific approach- but it may help in helping you arm yourself with some courage to ask for help. You can find it here. I’d like to insert a trigger warning here, as I…

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    Relapse is a bitch – a tale of mixed episodes and how YOU can help

    I didn’t think I’d be writing about relapse so soon this year. Yeah, especially since I was doing well. Right? But here we are, talking all things relapse signs (in) bipolar disorder. And I guess it must seem pretty weird that I write this post right after I shared my four unexpected lessons in my first year of sobriety, right? Well, such is life. Actually, it’s more than just life, it’s the nature of my illness, Bipolar Disorder, combined with life stuff- all the day-to-day stress that any other “normal” person may endure. According to Hilary Simmons from www.sane.org: In bipolar disorder, a relapse is defined as the return of depression or a…

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    My first year of sobriety brought 4 unexpected lessons!

    Reflecting on one year sober Wow, who would have thought what could be possible in one year sober! This post is quite delayed as I celebrated my first year of sobriety on the 5th August 2018. But the fact remains: Yay Me! Since my last post, where I spoke in a podcast to a counsellor, author and friend, Freddy van Rensburg, about my spiritual journey and the 12 step program, a lot more has happened. I decided to share a few lessons I learned during my first year of recovery. I’ll be honest and say that these lessons definitely solidified as  I got further into my recovery journey. But for…

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    Meet Me in the Field interview – Spirituality in addiction recovery – with Freddy van Rensburg

    The biggest issue I faced in my recovery, specifically in the beginning, was tackling spirituality in addiction recovery. I struggled with the wonderful 12 step programme. Yes, of course, I’m going to be honest. With one year of being sober behind me, which you can read about on my blog (I include writing about that time I “woke up” wondering who the hell I am ), I can honestly say that if I had a better grounding, spiritually speaking, I believe it could have been easier. Perhaps. But everything happens for a reason, they say. In the long run, I suppose that I needed to do more work spiritually. I don’t speak openly…

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    Sober and Awake – in recovery from addiction – the journey continues

    I’m awake. I’m awake and living officially in recovery from addiction. Who knew in recovery from addiction would feel like being very awake Suddenly I’m alive and well. “But who are these people in my life and how did I get here?” “And who the hell am I?” These are some of the questions I ask myself now. I am not sure if it’s normal. I should probably have a proper session with one of my best friends and sponsor, Lynne Huysamen from Living with Addiction and Kaboutjie. She is going for 10 years sobriety on the 2 August. I’m heading to one whole year (which feels like much longer) on the 5…

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    Women and suicide – Kate Spade leaves us and I am not surprised

    Mental health is not a new topic for me I started blogging in 2011 with Yve’s Corner. I only started writing about mental health, specifically women and suicide, with my own experiences as the focus in 2012. In that same year, I started Our Lived Experiences, a South African blog that documented the experiences of others with my dear friend Ulla. She committed suicide in 2016. In my last post, I touched on the intrusive thoughts that have been plaguing me. And we know that intrusive thoughts are normal and very common. But it doesn’t feel that way when you are experiencing them. In fact, I know I feel guilty and I feel…

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    Maintaining a positive attitude in life sober and off psychiatric medication

    You’d think that having a general ‘positive attitude in life’ would be easy. Especially now that you’re sober, right? Well, not entirely. Why life, why? My first solo exhibition at the AVA Gallery is done and dusted. The official review was very well-received by my peers. I sold several works during the exhibition. I got clarity and focus and even got a break from the family and life when I went to Cape Town for the week. And then life happened. Ag come on, life is always happening Yes, I agree. Life is always happening. So? How we react is always changing. It is influenced by the opinions of others, our mood (yes medically…

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    Review of Yvette Hess AVA Western Cape ArtReach Solo Exhibition – Yvette Hess

    For me, as an emerging female visual artist, there’s so much more to just creating art. The process of creation itself is multifaceted and the complexity of being everything to everyone adds to it. If we include living with mental health issues and all that comes with that, it becomes much to deal with. But it also becomes richer and the journey much more fulfilling. Hosted by the AVA gallery as a female visual artist When I wrote about my experience at the AVA gallery in April this year, never had I imagined that I’d learn and be pushed so much in such a short time. And at the same time,…

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    Featuring Jo Petzer from Cosmic Creations – Local Creatives in South Africa

    Graphic design in South Africa When I think “graphic design”, I used to think “Photoshop”, “ag, come on, this is easy” and “Can’t I just do it myself?”. Now, graphic design in South Africa holds new meaning and understanding. This, especially since I move heavily in creative spaces.  With the influx of small businesses on the rise, business owners need to be fully aware of everything that has the potential to differentiate them and understanding graphic design is just one of them. Local Creatives I love Following my last feature post with the brilliant visual artist, arts writer and curator, Scott Eric Williams (who now is an assistant curator at…

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    280 days sober – And all I want is a cold beer – Still learning to control alcohol cravings

     Can you control alcohol cravings? I’m not shy to say it. I’m still learning to control alcohol cravings. And I’d bet a few hundred Rands (not dollars guys!) that even recovering addicts would definitely feel the same. Triggers don’t go away, so it makes sense that the coping strategies would still be a problem, right? So much has happened after my last update on where I was on my sobriety journey. To name a few: featured in the Cape Times. I recorded my first Youtube video! Have a look below!     I was also approached by KIS Furniture – an e-commerce platform for architects, interior designers and consumers that…

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