DIAGNOSED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, NOW WHAT?

Note: This is the first in a three part Blog Series on being diagnosed with mental illness.   It does not matter if it is you, personally, receiving a diagnosis of mental illness, or your loved one. The acceptance and realization of the scope of that diagnosis can be a hard thing to swallow. I […]

THE DOORS OF LIFE

TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDAL IDEATION There are many doors in life. There are doors we open with much joy and anticipation. Doors for love, marriage, a new job, the birth of a child, the start of spring after a long winter. We walk through those doors with hope and a willingness to grab hold of all […]

SEROTONIN SYNDROME

URGENT NOTE: Please see a doctor before starting or stopping a medication. Knowing the danger and symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome should help you and your caregiver(s) avoid a dangerous serotonin overload that could be lethal. For those of us who live with mental illness, taking psychiatric medication comes with the territory. This Blog may come […]

THOUGHTS ON GHOSTING

The very first time I heard the term “Ghosting” was when I worked part time at our local Boutique last year (2018). One of our employees never showed for her shift. She was a part time worker in her early 20’s. No effort to call-in sick, no communication whatsoever. We who worked there were concerned […]

THE THINGS WE SAY

I remember the childhood chant we used to say…”sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. We found in retrospect that this is not a true statement. I also remember my elementary school in the 1970’s. We were segregated, but not by color. There was a “special class” in its […]

FOUR TYPES OF BPD

If you have been following my Blogs at www.searchingforgrey.com, I have been doing a series on the different types of Borderline Personality Disorder. As I wrote in my first Blog in this series, “The Quiet Borderline”, I was intrigued to find out, through research, that not all of us with BPD are alike. There are […]

Are You a Quiet Borderline?

I’ve decided to start the New Year off with a series of Blogs that address the different types of Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing, as this is the first in the series, I thought I’d begin with a type of BPD that is a polar opposite from what we have come to know as the stereotypical […]

Join the Journey

About two years ago, I made a decision that changed my life forever. Much as the Hockey Player, Theo Fleury, in the video below and many others I have since met, I chose to leave what I now call Mainstream life and taking off my mask. I had no idea what I would face in […]

For Auld Lang Syne My Friend

For auld lang syne, my friend we’ll take a cup of kindness yet. As we close out 2018, I look toward a new chapter in 2019, so let’s do some reflecting together. We who share mental disorders, know that Holiday time can and always will be a huge trigger for most of us. The majority […]