Posts in category "Medication"

The Amazing Grace

I didn’t know that I self-medicated my manic-depression before I knew I had manic-depression. By and large, I think the main way I did that before I got sober was with marijuana. I think that probably one of the reasons it stopped working was that it got better — it got stronger. I don’t know... Read more »

The Blessings of "Western" Medicine

I’m addicted to Facebook. It’s awful, and it needs to stop. I’m constantly getting a bunch of random articles, popping up in my feed, telling me some fact about this, getting me riled about that, contradicting itself an hour later. Today, I saw this article from Slate about a wonderful video that I should watch that... Read more »

The Story Of Josh Marks: When Reality TV Gets Too Real

A friend posted a link to Chicago Magazine’s article “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head” on Facebook a few days ago. I was going to write something here at the time that he killed himself, but reading this helps me get my mind around it a little more. Kind of. Honestly, at some point, reading... Read more »

I Think The Worst Is Over

So, I’m not wearing my father’s legit Navy peacoat from 1965. I stopped a couple of days ago and switched to this Guatemalan number I bought from two guys selling them out of a bag on Monroe/Wells in 1997. A slight upgrade, but not much. What matters to me is that it’s not my “winter... Read more »

I Don't Want To Sleep, I Just Want To Sit And Watch "The Office"

Sleep is a hard thing for a manic-depressive. It seems like we’re either getting none or getting too much. I don’t know about other people, I don’t really talk about it at length with others too, too much, but it seems like sleep hygiene is something we struggle with. I think it’s something Americans struggle... Read more »

What It's Been Like WITHOUT The Affordable Care Act

So, I’m going to try and use the next 30 days as a way to mine some of the topics that I want to cover in my theoretical book about manic-depression, navigating it, my memoir of my own journey, etc. I’m going to just write about what I’ve gone through and work it out here.... Read more »

Let's Talk Meds -- National Mental Health Awareness Week -- Volume Five

Just when I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write today, I read Nicole Kepper’s post about psychotropic medication, and who she believes has the right (?) to discuss said topic. At first, I thought she was telling people who don’t believe in psych meds to sit down and shut up. And I... Read more »

I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Is Gone

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There is a song called “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. According to Wikipedia, it is an optimistic song with an “unabashedly upbeat tempo in D-major.” I’ve never really thought of it as super upbeat. First, because it just seems kind of mid-tempo reggae style, and second, every time I hear it, I think... Read more »