At age 63, I discovered that my life-long depression and anxiety could be described by at least two major diagnoses: Bipolar 2 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (as well as Panic Disorder and PTSD). Almost immediately I knew that bringing my story to others who deal with significant mental illnesses and those who love and care for them would become an important part of my own healing. I hoped that this would contribute to others' healing as well. This did not come easily. Eventually, I came to terms with "going public" about my own illness and this blog is a major part of that journey.
IN Sunshine OR Shadow--Bipolar and Self Care
Depression, Anxiety, and Mania in Real Life
In addition to my blog on my experience with Bipolar, I invite you to check out my memoir "The Journey of a Wounded Healer: The Mystical Web of Mental Illness and Spirituality". It is available in eBook and paperback on all major online distributors. Click on the book cover to see the book on Amazon.com.
I am slowly developing a private FB page for those who would like to discuss their experience of mental illness, spirituality and aging. I hope that if you are interested you might be willing to join this page and see if it is for you. I have discovered that many mental illness "support groups" online are full of negative energy and hopelessness and very few address the issues of those of us who are aging. I understand this, BUT I would like for this to be a place where we can balance the negative with the positive and talk together about experiencing more of how are journeys are intertwined.