Tag Archives: Recovery

The green zone: how “recovered” do I want to be?

I’ve been reflecting on and discussing the concept of recovery a lot lately. I meant to write quite a political post about the recovery model, about which I’ve been openly critical both on here and on social media, about how … Continue reading

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Autobiogramophone: six songs of a bipolar life

Here are six songs. I’m not making a story from this list; there is no beginning and certainly no end, just some songs, songs that represent a feeling, a mood state, a moment in my bipolar-filled life. I haven’t gone … Continue reading

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Changing woman

As the seasons change it’s hard not to notice the dark nights and wet and windy weather. I feel like I’m changing too. Until very recently I felt trapped within cycles that felt as closed and inevitable as the shifts … Continue reading

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Don’t rock the boat!

A week since my last post and I am still feeling stable. I’m beginning to answer, “How are you?” by saying that I am well, or even good. I still do it with a slight sense of trepidation. Is this … Continue reading

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I don’t ask for the moon

So here I am in this… zone. It’s a zone that I’ve been in before, although not for as long this in years. I’m scared to write about it actually in case drawing attention to it bursts the bubble. I’m … Continue reading

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In a heartbeat: I may be in remission, but I’m not in control

Let’s start with the positives. I am well. I am pretty much entirely free of bipolar symptoms, so I guess I am in “symptomatic remission”. I’ve yet to attain the dizzy heights of “functional remission” – I’m working more than … Continue reading

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Hope

Living with depression is a bit like being trapped inside Pandora’s box. You are in a dark place, surrounded by guilt, shame, anger and despair, by envy of those who are mentally healthy, by self-hatred despite your achievements, by loneliness … Continue reading

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