Myths About Mental Illness # 2

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” Glenn Close

Myth # 2 – Mental Illnesses will never affect me.

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness.

If I am remembering correctly the first real dealing with mental illness in my immediate family is my aunt. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The next was with myself when I started experiencing panic attacks, then an attempted suicide.

So dear reader mental illness can attack any person, regardless of race, nationality, financial status, gender, and age.

Me Too, Me Too!


“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown

Stop Stigma

One of the most encouraging moments for me is when I am reading different posts and come across the writings of what someone is going through, to find out you are not alone with the same struggle.

So, I continue reading on how they have battled their situation, the steps they have taken to help combat the struggle.  How they have had some of the same ups and downs with their mental health issues.

Even though I have never physically met the writers of the posts here in the WordPress community I find that there is a bond that takes place as they share their inner most feelings knowing that maybe someone might scoff at them.

I know this may seem strange to some, but when I realize that others are facing the same struggles, it is like my world is a bit brighter, my step slightly has more bounce,  a weight lifted from shoulders.

So, to all those who feel that they are alone in their struggles, please know that in this community of bloggers that their are others standing up and saying, “Me too”!

Life In A Shoe Box


People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box, or they need to label you and fix you in time and location. Alice Walker

Little boys like to collect cards, baseball, hockey, or any sports.  I am not sure about little girls what they prefer to collect.  For my daughter it was Barbie dolls, even this Christmas she received one that she has always wanted but could never obtain it.

For most we put our precious photos, mementos, postcards, and even letters.  Letters from loved ones who went to fight in wars overseas.

For me my life is like one who is limited to a shoe box.  My collection is those things that have been curtailed, many of which I have just lost interest in.  I keep them in that so called shoe box with the thought of maybe taking them out of that box and start to do them again.

Life seems to derail and our focus leans to just getting the train back on the tracks.  This seems futile when I try to get back on track without the proper help, the trained professionals.

All those things that I placed in the shoe box use to make me feel like a complete person.  Reading, music, crafts, movies, etc.,

I have put myself into one label, a label I have placed on myself.  It comes with so much baggage, baggage I should throw off and stop carrying them on my back.

Life feels one dimensional.  I know the answer, but, I do not know how to execute it.

So, a goal for me in 2020 with help from others I want to break out those things I have placed in that shoe box!

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!