• 7 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Being A Parent With Mental Illness
    Ramblings in Recovery

    7 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Being A Parent With Mental Illness

    I was diagnosed with mental illness a few years before I had children so I had time to think about how to be a good mom with a mental illness. The kids have been there through the times I was suicidal, hospitalized, manic and more.  They seem to have adjusted to it as a part of their life. Some kids can develop emotional or behavioral problems when their parent has a mental illness. My boys both have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is more related to genetics and the prenatal environment than it does with living with a mom with a mental illness. To raise resilient children, kids who…

  • Some Tips To Get Out of And Stay Out Of Bed When You Are Depressed
    Depression

    Some Tips To Get Out of And Stay Out Of Bed When You Are Depressed

    This morning was just terrible. Having a bad day like this once in a while reminds me of the deep dark chasm of depression I have been known to fall into for years at a time.  Anyway, my alarms started going off at 7 am and continued every 15 minutes until I finally got out of bed at 8:30 am. I forced myself to go to the store skipping the shower I needed to take. When I got home, I didn’t want to do anything – not even things I enjoy like watching YouTube or social media. Instead, I got back into my pajamas and crawled into bed. I was…

  • How To Avoid Divorce When Your Spouse's Mental Illness Gets In The Way
    Ramblings in Recovery

    How To Avoid Divorce When Your Spouse’s Mental Illness Gets In The Way

    My 16-year marriage ended in 2012.  After a series of suicide attempts in 2009, my husband was so hurt that I would want to leave him and my children.  He felt this was very selfish and as if I didn’t really love him. I never was able to explain to him that that wasn’t the case.  This is when my husband started thinking about leaving me. Later, he would tell me he left me because of my mental illness. My ex-husband and I managed to remain good friends but it would have been better to maintain our marriage if possible. Years later as he struggled with his own mental health…

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    For Your Own Mental Health, Identify and Break Free Of Workplace Bullying

    So your boss is a bully? Mine too. I have spent a couple years justifying how I am treated by my boss. Because I have a mental illness and was abused, I often blame myself for issues that really aren’t my fault. I believe I’ve been taking the blame for my boss’s shortcomings. Because of client and family privacy, I cannot go into great detail about it. I’m a nurse and I care for a child in their home. I have been praying for a solution for months. I recently started working with another parent and child. This has really highlighted just how poorly I have been treated. There are…

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    2019 Versatile Blogger Award

    I am honored to be awarded the Versatile Blogger Award for 2019. Thank you @MissJoblogger for nominating me. Here is her blog – https://www.peacefullybroken.com/ Below are the rules. There may be affiliate links in this post. There is no cost to you by clicking on an affiliate link. By buying products through the links, you are helping to further the mission of Live Mentally Well. Here is an awesome book to get started with natural medicine for mental health – Beyond The Label. This is an informational post. It does not constitute professional advice. Please consult a medical provider for medical issues. What’s a versatile blogger award? The versatile blogger…

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