Torie B. Simmons June 10, 2020 Abstract Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes an individual to experience erratic shifts in mood, energy levels, and concentration, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities and affecting their quality of life and their ability to function psychosocially. (National Institute of Mental Health, n.d.) According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, “There are … Continue reading Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder
There are so many threats to our existence today and they bring me great anxiety at times. I struggle to stay positive but always try. When I first heard of the coronavirus, I felt panic set in. The worst thought that came to mind is the idea of losing loved ones and what may happen to my baby girl. Continue reading Death Note to my Daughter
for the last few months I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed, lost, like a deer in the headlights. I have so many opportunities and wonderful options in my life that I just don’t know what to do. When my daughter was an infant I didn’t have much time to do anything other than care for her, mostly due to sleep deprevation; she’s over a year old now and I have some choices to make. Continue reading Priorities
I was watching a television show today, and one of the characters–a surgeon, posed like a super-hero before performing a surgery. They said “it inspires confidence and improves performance”. I had to look it up, and sure enough: “it alters hormone production; lifting the power hormone and reducing the stress hormone. As science demonstrates, body posture influences our brains and, consequently our feeleings. According to … Continue reading Pose like a Super-hero!
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How can setting goals promote wellness? One of the topics I am was asked to write about is goal setting. Seeing as how this is the first post lets talk about goals! Goals for this page, goals for myself, and ways that teachers can set goals for themselves — without becoming overwhelmed. The goal of this blog is simple…meet… Continue reading Goal!
I woke up this morning. Today is my 25th Birthday. The sun was already shining when I opened my eyes. What an absolute blessing it is that I am alive to see this day. The beautiful gift of life has been something I have taken for granted for far too long. A lot of you might not know this, but I shouldn’t be here right … Continue reading StopSuicide#
Maladaptive coping mechanisms fascinate me. Often times we know what we are doing hurts us but we do it anyway. Immediate stress relief is addictive. An entirely different part of the brain is responsible for impulsive behavior— as opposed to long term, carefully considered decision making. It’s our brain’s reward system. When we are used to using that part of the brain, I suppose it’s like exercising it.
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One way or another, if human evolution is to go on, we shall have to learn to enjoy life more thoroughly. —mihály csíkszentmihályi1 In a blog I posted, Failure Is a Part of Success; If You Don’t Try, You Wont Succeed, I talked about how I was ‘holding it together’. How my husband and I had transformed our lives and wanted to keep it that … Continue reading Lets Play a Game! How My Hubby and I Made Housework Fun!
One of the apps that I’m trialing is isavemoney, click the link to download. Unfortunately this version is only compatible with android mobile devices. Continue reading The “B” Word
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that wont work.
I write a lot about bi-polar, PTSD and self-medicating. It’s kinda my thing! I’ve been accused of using mental illness as an excuse or a crutch, and I feel the need to explain why I think it’s important to recognize a “diagnosable” mental disorder. I’m sure many people use mental illness as an excuse but there are other reasons to identify whether or not you … Continue reading Excuses, Excuses..
When I was young I was overweight and extremely low in confidence. I had severe self-esteem issues from grade-school up until my junior year in high-school when I lost 60 pounds and started taking care of myself. When I was struggling I never wore make-up or even brushed my hair and I always wore baggy clothes. For a while I even went as far as … Continue reading Guest post by: Annmarie Reddie