Category Archives: Psychiatric Diagnosis

My Cloud

The question usually comes from good friends, at a time when I am struggling. They want to know how to help me the most. What is it like to have a psychiatric diagnosis? It’s like there is a dark cloud … Continue reading

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“Pop Quizzes”

On this blog, I have always tried to be pretty transparent about the fact that I have a psychiatric diagnosis as well as my physical one. And in the same way that my cerebral palsy affects me in a million … Continue reading

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Silence Can Be Bliss…

It was the beginning of June, an extremely hot day this past summer. My caregiver Michael and I had spent the afternoon, as usual, running errands and doing necessary things around the house like cooking and laundry. There was about … Continue reading

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Stay With Me

It’s a complicated issue. Stay with me. I have made no secret on this blog about the fact that I have a psychiatric disability as well as a physical one, and I am willing to talk about it as much … Continue reading

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Try Kissing Your Elbow…

There are some things in life that are simply impossible.  Kissing your elbow.  Raising only one eyebrow.  Sneezing with your eyes open.  Try any of them, I double dog dare you.  Chances are you will discover they cannot be done. … Continue reading

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What A Semicolon Means…

Most of the time I can keep you at bay, just underneath the surface.  Most people don’t know your depth, strength or intensity.  If I can ask them how they are, you get deflected.  I’ve become an expert at keeping … Continue reading

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As Your Dog Does

I am losing one of the biggest supports in my life today. It’s hard for me to look back to who I used to be, to the scared, angry, insecure woman I was when we met. I didn’t know how … Continue reading

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