“…because I had never, ever figured out how to f**king deal.”

– Marya Hornbacher said that in her book Wasted. Why is this part of my “favorite things” series of posts???  Because Marya Horbacher is not only an amazing woman and I have a deep admiration for her, but she is an outstanding writer and even more than that, her first book Wasted may have saved my life.  After reading that book, and seeing how she could get down to 54 pounds and be given one… Continue Reading

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Even more favorite things for surviving the bipolar coaster

A traditionalist?!  ME?!  I THINK NOT!  So when it comes to therapy methods, you better be creative.  Like right now for instance.  I just started physical therapy and become I am hyperflexible (which is what caused the degeneration of the discs in my back etc.) the standard exercises will not work for me.  So, off my therapist goes to do some research and to get creative with my therapy routine.  Sometimes that is just what… Continue Reading

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Holy S**t! A HERO?!

Well, today was quite an amazing day.  While I did know that I had been nominated for this (I had to provide my bio and pic ahead of time) seeing it actually posted on the Psych Central website and all over the internet has left me completely awestruck.  I mean, here I was, almost 16 months ago, at ground zero, going on disability and now, here I am being honored as a Mental Health Hero!!!… Continue Reading

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The Bipolar Hot Mess Favorite Things Post for Tues May 7

They say that when times are stressful, meditating can help.  Well, to be quite honest, I don’t know that I have the patience to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone be able to sit and meditate.   UNTIL I found this book.   Another one of the Bipolar Hot Mess  Favorite Things.  The book Peace of Mind is a book that has a page for everyday with a… Continue Reading

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BIPOLAR HOT MESS BOOK REVIEW!!!!!

Every now and then I get a bundle of books sent my way from a publisher to read and review with my opinion.  Yes, sometimes I also wonder if they were thinking clearly when they gave me the power to read a book and give my opinion to thousands of people! lol… JUST KIDDING!   I absolutely love to read and if you give me a book to read by either an author I love… Continue Reading

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The Bipolar Hot Mess 2013 NAMI Walks Team – Chicago style!

ATTN!!! NAMIWalks IS COMING! This year I have created a team for the Bipolar Hot Mess website to do the NAMI Walks in Chicago. If you are in Chicago and would like to join the team, it is Sept 21 at Grant Park. If you would like to support the Bipolar Hot Mess and her incredibly awesome team (already 1 member from the site!) and donate a TAX DEDUCTIBLE amount to our team that goes… Continue Reading

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Emotions cause our body pain?

Yes.  They actually do.  I just found this AMAZING chart that shows where our body feels the pain of the different emotions.  Think of the last time you were so angry either at someone or about something.  Did you stomach hurt?  When you have a lot on your mind or have so much going on, almost like the “weight of the world on your shoulders,” do your shoulders hurt?  When you are afraid of something,… Continue Reading

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YOU WIN!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody needs a good rant.  And this rant was apparently one that I had a long time ago.  At times, its nice to go back and see where you were and where you’ve come….but there are times it kinda sucks because sometimes, where you were  was actually BETTER than where you are now…. hmmmm…. —————— FOR F**K’S SAKE….. GOD YOU WIN! YOU WIN! YOU WIN YOU WIN YOU WIN! I give up!!!!!!!!!!!! I give up… Continue Reading

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I used to….

I used to have a home.  An almost 4,000 sq ft home, right on the Chicago River with a bedroom that looked out onto the river. I used to have a home that was considered mine, that I cleaned, I decorated, and lived in for about 6 years.  I used to have a husband.  I used to have a husband that at one time was charming, sweet, and I had many good times and memories… Continue Reading

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Stigma. I did a little research study.

Stigma. One very important issue we, as a community, try to battle.  It’s the negative assumptions associated with bipolar and those who have been diagnosed with the illness.   I personally have experienced instances where certain assumptions were made about me once I revealed I had bipolar.  I became viewed as a liability.  But then there are the stigmas we see being promoted in the media.  Not too long ago we witnessed a huge media blow up… Continue Reading

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