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November 5, 2018
Pros and Cons ~ An Adapted DBT Style: Rational + Emotional = Wise

FROM A BILLBOARD NEAR ME: Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you're stupid and make bad decisions. Imagine you have been offered a new job and you want to do a pros and cons analysis. Would it look something like this? PROS More money Better insurance Corner Office CONS Commute (from 30 […]

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October 22, 2018
Split Personalities (A DBT Concept)

I tried to determine the best way to describe the Wise Mind concept from Marsha Linehan’s DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) mode. This particular treatment/coping modality has been the most helpful to me. Ms. Linehan has developed many tools to help someone like me calm myself and make rational decisions. Over the next several weeks, I […]

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October 8, 2018
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back (and a comment from the husband)

The last two posts I have shared with you a problem that occurred while vacationing in paradise with my family (husband, daughter, son and future daughter-in-law). Basically, I got my feelings hurt in three ways (having breakfast alone every morning, my children not reading my novel, and my family playing without me). I used Tara […]

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September 24, 2018
“R.A.I.N”ing In Paradise: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about hurt feelings turning to anger while I sat in a paradise. I walked through the R.A.I.N process and stopped when I got to I[nvestigate]. In order to investigate, I had to ask myself: What am I believing about myself? How is this situation feeding my story? That sounds easy but […]

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September 17, 2018
Unhappy In Paradise: let it R.A.I.N.

Seventy-five degrees. Swaying palm trees. Heaven. Paradise. Free food, free drinks and even pool boys to deliver. Warm blue water. Paradise. Heaven. It’s 7:15AM and there I sat. The sunrise filtered through the trees and reflected off the pure white sand. The night before, my entire family laughed and teased and simply enjoyed each other. […]

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September 11, 2018
Mental Health and Alphabet Soup: My Journey to Accept & Transform

My Goal for Myself and This Blog Over the last month, I’ve been considering what I want to accomplish with this blog. Over the last two years, I’ve tried to show what life is like inside a bi-polar mind – the good and the bad. When I embarked on that writing plan, I had several […]

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July 31, 2018
Vacation Time -- Yippee

HELLO FROM THE BEACH! I hope you are having a great week! I am taking the month of August to regroup and plan for a better, more useful blog experience! I'll be back on Labor Day. I can't thank you enough for all the support and encouragement. Be safe. Be cool. I'll be back!

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July 23, 2018
A Husband Discusses Life With A Bi-polar Wife

This is a first-ever – June’s first guest blog coming to you from Dave, the husband referenced in quite a few of her blogs. June’s the writer in the family so please forgive me for the rambling. And, the fact that this guest blog exists will hopefully teach me to keep my mouth shut. I […]

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July 16, 2018
The Solution Is the Problem: The Shame Series: Part Two

Two weeks ago, I started a series on shame. It’s the first time I’ve tried writing a series of articles on the same topic. Normally my blogs are more impromptu so that you can see the variety of mind-tricks someone with bi-polar experiences. But I realized shame colors every aspect of my life. Bi-polar – […]

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July 2, 2018
The Shame Series: Bi-Polar and Shame: Part One

It’s amazing how learning to write a decent story takes you into the depths of yourself. In one class, the teacher said that too many novels are shallow because the author starts to feel uncomfortable with his/her own emotions and therefore backs-off in the writing process. It’s tough to put your own vulnerabilities on the […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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