Constant Battles

When mental illness is present, there is constant conflict within.  Many of us share similar battles because we have a similar set of symptoms.  Some of us fight battles very … Continue reading Constant Battles

The Night Run

The Night Run A short story based on actual events by Chelsea Walker She sits down on the brown couch in the living room to tie her shoes and then … Continue reading The Night Run

I need my Sleep

My husband and I enjoy old movies.  My favorite movies of all time are Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life.  In fact, we have a jumbo canvas print of an original … Continue reading I need my Sleep

Retrospective

There are times I find that it’s hard for me to accept how things have turned out in life, being 27 and unable to work due to chronic illnesses such … Continue reading Retrospective

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

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

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

Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part II

I am glad to share with you today, 5 more helps for enduring severe depression.  These are things I learned during my deepest and darkest depression–the hardest thing I’ve had … Continue reading Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part II