Category Archives: Classic

How Growing Up With Wire Monkeys Added To My Self Destructive Behaviour

“The theory of learned helplessness was then extended to human behavior, providing a model for explaining depression, a state characterized by a lack of affect and feeling. Depressed people became that way because they learned to be helpless. Depressed people … Continue reading

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Unimproved Roads

I recently discovered there’s a road designation in Ontario called “unimproved road”. It basically means a trail wide enough for a car, but barely suitable for a horse-drawn cart or an all-terrain vehicle. I had dinner with my friend Dean … Continue reading

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Ten Ways To Make Your Recovery From Manic Depression A Lot Easier And Your Life A Lot Longer

“We can spend so many years trying to convince people of how sick we are then, when we’re finally diagnosed, we’re left by the health care system to fend for ourselves as if our family and friends network was fully … Continue reading

Posted in Bipolar, Bipolar Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Classic, crazy people with no pants, Depression, Health, Intervention, Lithium, Living With Manic Depression, Manic Depression, Mental Health | 35 Comments

Sure A Rose May Smell Just As Sweet But Call It Herpes des Quatre Saisons And People Will Never Plant Them Again

My name is officially changed… it took two years when it should have taken six weeks, but the last piece of my father’s identity has been removed from my wallet. My new birth certificate came in the mail yesterday. It’s … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s Time For A Manic Depressive Anonymous Or At Least Someplace We Can Go To Get More Than An Emoticon Of Support

In 1989 I was diagnosed with manic depression based on symptoms which were about two years old. I went untreated for the next fourteen years. For most of that time I was unemployed, living in extreme (for Canada) poverty and … Continue reading

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Looking Forward To An Intervention Any Day Now

There are so many days when all I want is to open my door and have family and friends sitting around my apartment with concerned looks on their faces and as they come towards me with their arms wide open … Continue reading

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