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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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    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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    Weight no more

    Weight no more? I wish. And I wish my fat away if it’s not obvious already. “Some people have real problems,” I tell myself. Like poverty (more than being broke) or Cancer. Not that Cancer is the worst problem and other invisible illnesses are not problems but you know what I mean. Being fat isn’t the end of the world. Or is it? For most of my life I have been overweight. I wish I could get a prize for that (not edible). And if it couldn’t get any worse, I’d like to add that there were numerous times and long periods where even when I was “thin”, I didn’t…

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    My ongoing journey with Psoriasis

    Heh, Psoriasis? According to WebMD, Psoriasis is described as the following: “Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.” Look, I’m no stranger to writing about Psoriasis. I addressed it several times on my old site. PS Have a look at my entries here and here. I’m…

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