Reblog- Bipolar Basics, [Symptoms] — Broken Believers

Bipolar disorder symptoms are characterized by an alternating pattern of emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). The intensity of signs and symptoms can vary from mild to severe. There may even be periods when your life doesn’t seem affected at all. Manic phase of bipolar disorder Signs and symptoms of the manic phase of bipolar […]

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Some Observations


Sometimes I wish that I could go into a time machine right now and just look at my self and say, ‘Calm down. Things are gonna be fine. Things are gonna be all great. Just relax.’ Tristan Wilds

My friend will be visiting and for some unknown reason he will stop me and ask ‘who are you arguing with?’.

  • Sometimes I may be commenting about something I am hearing on a t.v. show.  
  • I will see something and have a flashback about a style of clothing or accessory.  Anyone old enough to remember ‘cat eyes glasses’?
  • Some guy has a suit on that looks like one I would have found in my father/grandfathers closet.  Lately it is the large check pattern.
  • I keep looking for ‘platform’ shoes to be back in style

There is an old saying, not Biblical, “this too will pass”.  I have noticed that when I first experienced panic attacks I would say that very thing to me.  Now, here I am again trying to remind myself that “this too shall pass”.

So, dear reader here are some observations I have made over a certain length of time!

Flu Shots Available – Canada

I am writing this post about flu shots being available because I lost my mother due to the flu in 2000

Please, if not for yourself, get the flu shot for those that love you. There are plenty of places that you can receive it.  I went to the Pharmacy that I deal with to receive mine.

So, dress warm, walk, drive, taxi, to the nearest location and be proactive and have a flu shot!

Thinking Of Others

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og MandinoRead more at

Sometimes I can get wrapped up in my own difficulties that I forget that there are those who are going through much harder battles.  Battles like, food, shelter, prescription medicine.

Today while thinking about something else a song that was very popular when I was growing up came to mind.  It was sung by Glen Campbell.  I am going to let the words of the song speak for me.

Let me be a little kinder
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those about me
Let me praise a little more

Let me be when I am weary
Just a little bit more cheery
Think a little more of others
And a little less of me

Let me be a little braver
When temptation bids me waver
Let me strive a little harder
To be all that I should be

Let me be a little meeker
With the brother that is weaker
Let me think more of my neighbor
And a little less of me

Focus, Focus, Focus


You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou

A Small Personal Note:

I write speaking of myself, my motive being if I am going through it, there are others going or have been through it also.

When I was learning to teach myself the piano there was one key and only one that I needed.  That was the ability to focus!  So, I would sit at my piano sometimes for hour upon hour working on one certain thing until I had it close to perfect.

Lately I having trouble with keeping focus on anything for a length of time.  I find that my mind starts drifting.  Which is the reason for lack of posts here on this blog.

I know that to be successful in anything you have to have a strong ability to focus.  It requires your whole being on your endeavors in life.

In talking to my best friend I finally told him that I was considering see my psychiatrist to see if I can get through this lack of focus.

So, my task at hand is one thing and one thing only, FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!






































Just Don’t Do It!


Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. Don Miguel Ruiz

I am not sure about anyone else, but I get so frustrated when people make assumptions about me.  When I tell them I am bi-polar they assume that I cannot make my own decisions.

  • When I mention I am having a bad day, they assume it is just my way of getting out of something.
  • They assume just because I look healthy that I am faking being ill.

There are many more that I could list, but, the above two basically tells it all.

So, do me a favor when you see me don’t make assumptions.

Just Don’t It!

10 Myths and facts about mental illness — Mental health from the other side

As a former mental health nurse and ward manager for many years in East London’s busiest mental health settings I was used to the many misconceptions people (including carers, visitors, family and friends) had. Here are my top 10. Mental illness won’t affect me. FACT – Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they do not discriminate—they […]

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Lesson, Hard Learned


In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett

The other night I went off a routine that I have at nighttime.  I usually get a coffee, take my night pills and give my dog her night treats.  For some reason I forgot the meds.

Well that night went horribly wrong.  I couldn’t get to sleep.  I tossed and turned all night. I got out of bed did some quiet things that usually helps me on nights like this.  Still sleep wouldn’t come to my eyes.  My brain just kept on racing.

At 4 a.m. I finally decided this exercise of trying to go to sleep was futile.  So, I did what I always do in the morning I call my best friend to let him know I am awake.  He then proceeds to tell me that I forgot my night meds.  You see he is the one that brings my meds for each day.  Well, that answered why a had such a horrendous night.

I found out that I will always need the meds. 

So, that was a lesson hard learned!