Rapid Cycling Mixed Episode

In This Mental Illness Life, Things Change Fast For the last two days, I had a rare feat even for someone that is dealing with Bipolar One–a rapid cycling mixed episode. I think it has only happened to me about ten times in my mental illness life, but it is the worst feeling in the… Continue reading Rapid Cycling Mixed Episode


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This is something that I’ve been struggling since I’ve hit my “bottom” after my depressive episode last summer. I don’t think I really understood what it meant to be hopeless until then. I keep looking forward for “exciting” things. Things that can make me happier, or new things that bring positive changes to my life.… Continue reading Hope

Depression for Dummies

Hi. I’m Chelsea, and I am married to a wonderful, talented, intelligent man who is pretty dumb when it comes to mental illness. Perhaps you know someone like this. Your bright, helpful person may be a friend, parent, brother, sister, or boss. As well-meaning as he or she might pretend to be, this acquaintance just… Continue reading Depression for Dummies

The Long Road to Betterment

As human beings, regardless of our backgrounds, we’ve become conditioned to evaluate our success in life based on the monetary value of our material possessions. The impact of this trending train of thought has become detrimental to our society, and is especially toxic for those of us who already struggle to find our sense of… Continue reading The Long Road to Betterment

Finding Hope, Sharing Hope

With my most recent medication adjustment, and focus on self care, I find myself feeling better and better each day.  I am so grateful that things were easily remedied this time.  I know, from experience, that things can be much worse. This causes me to reflect back on where I’ve been and see how far… Continue reading Finding Hope, Sharing Hope

Juggling, Hiding, Saying No

When there is a relatively calm week with nothing outside of the ordinary happening, I can easily handle a hiccup or two. Now, if you expect me to be able to juggle multiple situations at one time, I may start to withdraw. Like a turtle drawing his head into his shell, I close myself off.… Continue reading Juggling, Hiding, Saying No