Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Indiana State NAMI Convention - WOW!

Today I attended the 2008 Indiana NAMI Conference in Indianapolis. This is my first state NAMI conference, but it most certainly won't be my last. Over the years I have spent what seems like endless hours at conferences, seminars and training events. Honestly, this is the first one that I didn't want to end. The plenary speakers were wonderful, one of which gave the best presentation I have ever heard. The breakout sessions were well attended, informative and very beneficial.

And the meal, oh, the meal. For $18 (part of which was my membership renewal) we were well "snacked", well "displayed", well educated and very, very well fed. Earlier this year I attended a banquet, and for $29.95 I wasn't nearly as well fed as I was today. A great big "Thank You" to the people who make this possible.

Let me encourage you to join and attend on a regular basis a local support group. NAMI is the most recognized, and I highly recommend them. This group made it very clear that they care. Give them a chance. You won't be disappointed. Ciao for now.

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