Talking About Depression & Other Mental Health Illnesses

As we near the daylight savings time changes, where we get shorter days with less sunlight, I am reminded each morning as I have to fight to even move from my bed that this season sucks badly for me. Each time Fall comes and then Winter, my complete being wants to just sleep. I could classify it as a mild case of depression, that is strictly induced by lack of sunlight. I really hate dealing with this each year, and every time I get older, the harder it is. This year I will be turning 33 years old and it […]

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Getting a Social Worker Degree Means Helping Others

Can you name something better than working to help people find homes, to find a way to eat and to work to better themselves into becoming an integral part of society no matter what unfortunate cards they may have been dealt? The answer should be that there are very few things better than helping those in need. The oppressed, the downtrodden and the unfortunate are the kind of individuals whom social workers work with every single day. They ensure that no person should have to live in a despairing situation without some sort of hope. With 15 percent of the […]

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And This is Why I Miss Out on Stuff for the Kids

My daughter is the one who suffers most around her with the mood disorder of her brother. You see, my son Aj is six years old and has a mood disorder, up until about six months ago, his medication was never really quite perfected yet and for the first five years of his life he wasn’t even being diagnosed for the mood disorder. We lived in hell, literally. It was challenging more so than anything we go through today. With that being said, mood disorder under control for the most part, we still have occasional issues. Usually the issues are […]

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Journey with Mood Disorder/Bipolar – Fighting For My Kids

Since my last blog post on the weight gain with risperidal that has worked well for Aj’s bipolar/mood disorder diagnosis there has been some changes.  For one, it dawned on me that the medication Aj takes to help keep his moods steady also brings on weight gain, therefore one would safely assume there is a contradiction between this medication. For one, risperidal is somewhat based on height and weight of the child for dosing, but at the same time Aj gains significant weight on this medication due to the increased appetite side effect from risperidal. Make sense?! I think not. […]

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Kicking Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Taking Names

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder when my daughter was a baby, she is almost 10. They put me on lexapro and I was about so numb that I could have seriously just cut my thumb off and not even cared. Can we say “too much medication?” … so I worked to wean myself off of the lexapro for two reasons; lack of insurance & the thought I could kick anxiety in the butt on my own. Yes I am stubborn and extremely strong willed… Let me start by saying if you have major anxiety I don’t recommend just […]

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It’s Frustrating When Your Child, or You Are “Different”

I honestly hate the word different as it is pertains to defining any human being, I prefer the word unique because every person is unique in their own way. If you have kept up with the What Would you Do Show on ABC, then you know they seek out various situations and try to see what other people would do. It’s amazing to see the judgements, the non judgements and how people truly respond to various situations. One episode showed a girl with a stutter working at a local ice cream type shop, waiting on customers, but she struggled with […]

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Just Listen to me; Medication Options Suck

When my son Aj was born believe me the last thing I ever thought of was having to deal with a child who has a mood disorder. Everyone who isn’t living in my household seeing the day to day mood changes of my five year old can lend advice and speak without knowing the exact situation but when it comes down to it, believe me I am a no med kind of mom, I hate the idea of tossing meds at my children. Three years ago I finally got a pediatrician to listen to me about Aj’s aggressive behavior, how […]

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Give Me Energy

Raising three children under age seven is a challenge no matter what but throw in a middle child with what appears to be ADHD and mood disorder well you just plain have a major challenge. I have a huge level of patience with it comes to children, always have. Truth is I admire a child’s honesty as well as their thirst for knowledge. Children are simply amazing in my eyes, why do you think I had three of them?! Some days are good, some days are great and then other days are a disaster. The days I consider a disaster […]

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