Welcome to The Lithium Chronicles, Dori Owen

The Lithium Chronicles Guest Blogger: Dori Owen Learning she had Bipolar Disorder 1 as an adult, Dori has used her tumultuous journey of diagnosis, noncompliance, hospitalizations, and ultimately acceptance and self-advocacy to tell her story to others to share the “oh, me too” moments for people to understand they are not alone in their mental Continue reading Welcome to The Lithium Chronicles, Dori Owen

MindTrip CROSSFIRE: Bipolar Edition #2

A section where I take one topic and hit it from two different bipolar perspectives. This is the place where we encourage you to join in on the conversation, share your experience, and let us know where YOU stand. MINDTRIP CROSSFIRE: BIPOLAR EDITION #2 ON MEDICATION–Contributors: Nicole Lyons & Dori Owen I Consider Stopping My Meds On Continue reading MindTrip CROSSFIRE: Bipolar Edition #2

Supreme Court Of Canada and Dying With Dignity

In a landmark decision this past Friday, The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help people end their own lives should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations. The court also found an individual’s response to “a grievous and irremediable medical condition” is a Continue reading Supreme Court Of Canada and Dying With Dignity

My Response to Tom Sullivan Calling Bipolar Disorder A Fad

**Trigger Warning** Talk of Suicide Attempt By now I’m sure most of you have heard the ridiculous statements made on air by the ignorant Tom Sullivan of Fox News Radio. I mean yes it is Fox News, but come on, this is a new low even for them. If you still don’t know what I’m Continue reading My Response to Tom Sullivan Calling Bipolar Disorder A Fad

Bipolar Disorder isn’t a fucking fad

Originally posted on Mad girl's lament:
An American report by the Social Security Administration (SSA) found that “one in three, or 35.2 percent of people getting federal disability insurance benefits have been diagnosed with a mental disorder.” The SSA reported that “disabled beneficiaries have increased 49.7 percent over the past decade” and the “largest ‘diagnostic group’…

Meet Capone My ‘Therapy Pooch’

Over the past couple of years we have seen a rise in the use of therapy animals for people living with psychiatric illnesses and traumas such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and PTSD. Traditionally “service animals” have been used to assist individuals who live with illnesses such as seizure disorders, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, the Continue reading Meet Capone My ‘Therapy Pooch’

A Snow Day? Dude, I live in Canada.

One would imagine, me being Canadian, that having a Snow Day happens often and that they’re an unexpected holiday where you cocoon all day into a magical white wonderland. I do live in snow country,  Kamloops, British Columbia. Picture south central BC, where the two branches of the Thompson Rivers meet, a stunning sight. The Continue reading A Snow Day? Dude, I live in Canada.