This week I am making an observation: “Gratitude and intention are two of the most loving concepts.” Please reply seriously … Continue Reading Philosophical Friday
I hate this shit. Truly. You can’t make this stuff up! I thought (and still wonder) if Bernie dropping out has anything to do with my blog. Yes, I know that Sanders dropping out of the presidential race has nothing … Continue Reading Today I Thought That Bernie Sanders Dropped Out Because Of My Blog
I am scared of several things right now! My health, getting COVID-19, my wife’s health, and my wife getting COVID-19. I am also fearful of not being able to make changes to my daily routine (in order to address the … Continue Reading I Am Frightened, But Maybe That’s Good!
I just want to get this down. And, for the record, I have no alcohol or street drugs in my system (nor do I ever). That said, I am sure with this post title, I come across as being “paranoid.” … Continue Reading I Am Afraid Of The Government!
As I sit here in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, I am reminded that I have a good 20-40 years left of my life—if that (and, if I’m lucky)! And, this is entirely contingent upon my lifestyle/life … Continue Reading What’s It Gonna Take?
I am getting closer to figuring some things out. It’s about goals. And, I do better with one goal at a time. So, for today, it might mean that I have a degree of happiness. Somewhere on the inside… 🙂 … Continue Reading What Can Stable And Functioning Look Like?
That’s a pretty neat thing to think about… Having courage for a particular situation or set of circumstances. I have … Continue Reading How Long Did It Take To Have The Courage To Say, “I Will Fight This?” (Week Five)
Here is an article published earlier today, discussing the age old argument of nature vs. nurture in schizophrenia: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/05/826695581/in-hidden-valley-road-a-familys-journey-helps-shift-the-science-of-mental-illnes
And, I worked in some psychology-related jobs while attending college. However, I remember next to nothing about the subject matter, except I can tell you all about my lived experiences with chronic mental illness. I do read psych articles most … Continue Reading I Have A Four-Year Degree In Psychology
How and where does someone with schizophrenia (or schizoaffective disorder), learn better insight? Sure, you may pick up a few tips in the counselor’s office, or by visiting with your psychiatrist 15-minutes, three times a year. But, for me, I … Continue Reading Insight Is The Name Of The Game, The Name Of The Game Is Insight (Part Of A Series Of Essays)
I’ve ultimately been living with schizoaffective disorder for over 20 years. It has totally taken me down, in the sense that I am a fraction of the person I used to be. Much of my progress has either slowed down … Continue Reading Doing One’s Best With Severe Mental Illness
This week I am posing a question: “What is the purpose of life? How do you ascribe meaning to it?” … Continue Reading Philosophical Friday
I am planning something else as well! I am posting essays that I’ve written—four in the month of April! They’re … Continue Reading Now Posting Seven Days Per Week At 8:30 AM CST!
I was having a discussion with my wife today, about where I’d be if I had kept my very first blog going. And, what I learned was interesting. There is a very small percentage chance that I would have fully … Continue Reading Striking A Balance With Your Perseverance (And, Not Being Dumb About It)
I can discuss my symptoms until I am blue in the face. And, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind talking about them. It’s what I want to do! The challenge comes though, when people walk away without a greater … Continue Reading People Don’t Understand Schizophrenia And Probably Never Will