Advice to Loved one of Someone who is Mentally Ill

The most important thing to do is to take care of yourself first. You won't be able to help them if you get overwhelmed to the point of getting sick. Part of this is to set boundaries with your loved one. Make sure they know your boundaries and have them agree to them beforehand. If … Continue reading Advice to Loved one of Someone who is Mentally Ill

Guest Post: My First Experience with Inpatient Hospitalization  By Bipolar Taxi

The first time I ended up in a psychiatric hospital I was 20 years old. It was shortly after my first attempt at getting off heroin after being on it for a few years. I don’t exactly remember how I ended up there but it was a foreign place to me and I was scared. … Continue reading Guest Post: My First Experience with Inpatient Hospitalization  By Bipolar Taxi

Guest Post: My Bipolar Life Story by Jason Miller

Every one of us has the capacity to make a fundamental choice that has a huge impact on the quality of our time here on Earth: Whether we going to settle for survival or we are going to thrive. And If there is one truth I have learned over the years, it’s that human beings … Continue reading Guest Post: My Bipolar Life Story by Jason Miller

Guest Post: Briefly Me by Scott Martin

    I'm Scott. I am 32 , from Lincolnshire Uk , Married  , 2 kids , a chef .. And one other major thing in my life .. Bipolar Disorder…      Have I always had bipolar disorder? Hmm... I don't know.  They says signs show from the ages of 18 -25 .. So … Continue reading Guest Post: Briefly Me by Scott Martin

Positive Things Can Come From Amanda Bynes’s Extended Hospital Stay

When I read an article by ABC News that Amanda would be required to stay at the psychiatric hospital for another two weeks, I was relieved and am really hoping that good things can come from this. I wrote a blog yesterday that talked about how I was disappointed in her mother that she after trying … Continue reading Positive Things Can Come From Amanda Bynes’s Extended Hospital Stay

Does Amanda Bynes’s mother regret telling everyone that her daughter does not have a mental illness?

Amanda Bynes's tweets and recent actions show that she is obviously not doing well. In May, when the stories first were breaking that Amanda Bynes had done some "crazy" things, was arrested for DUI, and then was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, it prompted me to write "My Opinion on Involuntary Commitment and Conservatorships (For … Continue reading Does Amanda Bynes’s mother regret telling everyone that her daughter does not have a mental illness?

Mental Health Bed or Psychiatric Bed: A HUGE Difference

If you have ever been hospitalized for a psychiatric reason, you know that it is not like you are in the hospital for a medical reason. You don't lay in a nice bed where you can adjust your legs and head, you don't have your own television that you can control, you don't have call … Continue reading Mental Health Bed or Psychiatric Bed: A HUGE Difference

What can you do if you suspect someone might have a mental illness?

If you suspect someone might have a mental illness, here are some things you can do: First, if they have shared with you that they are suicidal, do not take this lightly.  You can contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their number is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) You may want to encourage them to call this number. You also … Continue reading What can you do if you suspect someone might have a mental illness?

My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 4: Back to The Hospital

My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided (Part 4) Back to The HospitalI was not out of the hospital very long when I ended up back in.This time, I was in the teenager section of the psychiatric hospital. I do remember a lot about that stay. We had a board that controlled our behavior and we … Continue reading My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 4: Back to The Hospital

My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 3: My First Full Blown Manic Episode

My Story Divided Part 3: My First Full Blown Manic Episode I actually don't remember a lot about this episode and this is common with mania. Another thing that happens is that I get different manic episodes confused with other ones. However, I will tell you what I know and or remember. I was 17 … Continue reading My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 3: My First Full Blown Manic Episode