I am a mom to 4 wonderful kids and a wife to my best friend. I enjoy being in the great outdoors, and being with the people I love. I like to decorate, read and reflect. My hope, in blogging, is to have a positive impact on the world. I want to help others by sharing what I have learned from having bipolar disorder. In doing so, I have loved being able to connect with others in the blogosphere who have walked a similar path. I have also felt an amazing sense of community and support--I learn much from each of you. My ultimate goal is to be a part of ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues and point others who are suffering toward resources that can help with cope with their symptoms. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your journey.

Less is More

Something I have learned over the course of the last 17 years in struggling with mental illness, is the application of the principle in the title: “less is more.”  Learning … Continue reading Less is More

Reflections

Reflections A short story based on true events, By Chelsea Walker A wave of hot air washed over her as she left the air-conditioned grocery store.  She almost didn’t notice … Continue reading Reflections

Journey to a Diagnosis–The Series

It’s hard to sum up about 17 years of ups and downs with mental illness in just a few posts, but that is what I have attempted to do in … Continue reading Journey to a Diagnosis–The Series

Journey to a Diagnosis, Part III

Today I will write the final chapter in my Journey to a Diagnosis series.  Find the rest of the story here and here. When I got home from the inpatient … Continue reading Journey to a Diagnosis, Part III

Maybe I Shouldn’t Care so Much

I have been talking to my husband in recent days about the struggles I am still having with depression.  I confessed how I often feel bad that I haven’t done … Continue reading Maybe I Shouldn’t Care so Much

Gratitude–a Game Changer

According to Google Dictionary, A game changer is defined as “an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.”  … Continue reading Gratitude–a Game Changer

My advice for the Mom with Postpartum Mental Illness

Because both of my depressive episodes occurred during the postpartum period, I have learned a little bit with regard to how to handle this situation.  Most of it, I learned … Continue reading My advice for the Mom with Postpartum Mental Illness

Dispelling Emotional Darkness

Alien Mind A poem, by Chelsea Walker Within this crypt, This coffin deep The real me gone– Dead, fast asleep I dwell inside the doorless keep of my alien mind. … Continue reading Dispelling Emotional Darkness

Overstimulated

The clinking of dishes; The lights; The “Mom, I’m hungry.”  “He’s hitting me.”  “Can you play with me?”  “What’s for dinner?” The piles of laundry; The overflowing dirty dishes; The … Continue reading Overstimulated

From Traumatized to Trying Again

The pain and darkness of my depression were so severe, constant and intense, that for a long time, even after these symptoms started to let up, I felt traumatized by … Continue reading From Traumatized to Trying Again

Logic, Your Greatest Tool

When the greatest pain and darkness of my depression started to lift, I was left with an overall feeling of sadness as well as a constant barrage of negative thoughts … Continue reading Logic, Your Greatest Tool

A Favorite Poem, and Today’s Thoughts

Today, I’d like to share a favorite poem that I heard many years ago when I was in the struggle of figuring out and accepting my diagnosis.  It resonated with … Continue reading A Favorite Poem, and Today’s Thoughts