Category Archives: mental illness

FREE-WRITING

  I always write out my blogs before I post them, but TODAY IS THE EXCEPTION. I’ve tried putting the significance of today out of my mind, concentrating on my participation in the Women’s March tomorrow as a stand I … Continue reading

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ANXIETY IN PARADISE

  The ocean pounds the shore, a peaceful noise. The air is warm, perfect. Birds sing, the coor of a dove. I have no place to be, no time constraint, nothing on my agenda, yet I am anxious. It is … Continue reading

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ALZHEIMER’S: MEMORY AS WATER

**If you have a loved one with dementia and you don’t have time to read this blog, skip to the end links for invaluable information on how you – the friend, family member, or caregiver – can survive this insidious … Continue reading

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ALCOHOLISM: NOT AS BAD AS KARL

I knew I had a drinking thing, but I didn’t call it a problem. There’s an old joke found primarily on tee shirts: I don’t have a drinking problem. I drink, I get drunk, I fall down. No problem. That … Continue reading

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ANGER

Anger, like a white dwarf star after implosion, lives on.  Like a star, anger is deadly.  Unlike a star, anger is personal.

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CYMBALTA DISCONTINUATION SYNDROME or THE CURE IS WORSE THAN THE DISEASE

I vow to never take another SSRI, no matter what! I will handle my chronic pain and depression/ anxiety in other ways. In my opinion, Cymbalta, and the withdrawal, is worse than the disease for which I took it. I … Continue reading

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I AM NOT A WRITER

Here is a poem I wrote at work, proving that I am, in fact, a writer after all.   I am not a writer. I’m a records scanner for a large medical group. I hear it in the mind-numbing whir … Continue reading

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FALLING APART OR TRANSFORMING?

  My world is falling apart. It’s all inside me; the outside is the same as ever. Outside my head, life goes on: Work, chores, cats, sleep, meals, family, writing. But inside, my mind is crawling with worms, my head … Continue reading

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I SEE LIONS EVERYWHERE

I’M SEEING LIONS EVERYWHERE. Not just the sweet face of Cecil, the slaughtered icon, but everywhere: a moss-covered statue in a neighboring garden; a year-old birthday card; a logo for a film company; an intro for a classic movie; a … Continue reading

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HAVE A BAD DAY?

There are some days where nothing goes right. Where work piles up like paper stalagmites on my desk and I can’t catch up. Where my mouse dies and the TV pixelates on channel 6 so I can’t watch NCIS. Where I can’t … Continue reading

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