Mental Health

Bipolar 2 Journey thru life to happiness

Soul-Luminous Radio Interview of Sloan Rawlins

Sloan Rawlins

Author Sloan Rawlins.

I have introduced you all to Sloan Rawlins before with her Book Taming The Invisible Dragon and some of her posts at She is a talented writer and inspirational speaker, soon to be coaching. I have gotten to know Sloan personally and she really is an amazing woman.

Her book is full of inspiration, wisdom and practical ways to help further your spiritual journey. I am sure you would all love her book and now she has been interviewed by Michelle Rober and John Masiulionis of Soul-Luminous Radio! 

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Introducing My Spiritual Side

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I have decided today to share another side of me with you all. I have written before about Clairsentience (Clear Feeling) and since then have been on quite the journey of discovery.

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Depression and Fish Oils

Disclosure: I received a free 30 day supply of this product in the hopes that I would write a review, but I would never suggest a product I did not feel would be beneficial to my readers. Ask your doctor before taking any supplements!  All opinions here are my own and may differ from yours.

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Did you know that taking fish oils every day can help you with your level of depression?

For years my doctors have told me to take fish oils and for what ever reason I have never taken them regularly, until recently.

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I need your help


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I am writing today to ask for some support. I have been taking a class online with a spiritual energy healer, to learn to use my healing gifts. I have discovered that I have a strong healing ability, I have the gift of Clairsentience (which I have written about before) and I have the ability to help others and need to hone those skills.

There is a weekend intensive class in Massachusetts in May, and I have a place to stay and can be picked up from the airport and can walk everywhere I need to go so all I need is a plane ticket. That ticket is going to cost me at least 450.00, plus I will need a bit of money for food.

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Book Review: Stinky Fumes King of the Wild

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my honest unbiased opinion and belong to me, my opinion may differ from yours. 

Stinky Fumes

Stinky Fumes King of the Wild is one of the most adorable books I have ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone with children. A wonderful children’s book teaching how being different can be a gift. This story is about a family of skunks taking in two orphaned rabbits as their own, and of the coming of age for their oldest baby skunk.

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Reblog: I So Want You to Feel Better


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This is a re-blog of sorts from a friends blog, Muse In The Valley. I highly suggest you visit her site to read her post. She writes beautifully and shares so much wisdom.

I am sure that you have known someone that you wanted to help but felt you couldn’t. I know I have so I wanted to share a video that was included in the lovely post by Muse In The Valley.

Sending you all love and Light!


Pure Gacinia Cambogia Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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I was granted the chance to review a product I have been wanting to try for a while. It is called Garcinia Cambogia;  it is intended to help you lose weight and is a natural supplement. So you can imagine I was thrilled to get the product for review.

If you do not know about this product, I suggest you do some research and you will find it is being called one of the biggest weight loss breakthroughs ever.

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The daily struggles…

Telephone Phobia

Yep, this is the device that renders me helpless. lol
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Hello everyone!! I have not written in a long while. Have had a bit of a block on what to write about, until today. I have this phobia of the phone, or that is making calls when I do not know what I am talking about and it spills over into things I do know about. Even answering the phone at times is not possible.  Let me explain what brought this up right now.

About 6 years, maybe even 7 years ago, I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and ordered a machine to help me keep breathing at night while I slept.  I had a terrible experience with the company that I got the machine from and once I had the machine never called them again.  I have since been paying for the supplies, ie masks, filters, tubing etc, out of pocket as I didn’t know where to turn for supplies.  Actually about a year after I got the machine I called my insurance to find out if the supplies were covered, the problem was every number the insurance gave me was disconnected or a wrong number.  At the time my mom was in town and helping me make these calls, but we got no where!

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But I am Here for Mental Health

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I have a few friends over in the UK that have told me of an issue where the government has hired a private company to review all cases of those on disability to see if the recipients of the benefits are physically capable of working. This isn’t as of yet affecting those in the United States but the word is that this too will be happening here in the future. There has basically been a nationwide uproar in the UK as they are unfairly sending most benefit recipients back to work even when they are not able to work or after a short time end up losing their job or having to leave it due to being unwell. It’s very stressful for those with a physical disability but can you can imagine the affect that it has had upon those with Mental Illnesses? When a claimant is

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Come Support Us at #LOU Tweet Up

Hey all we are looking for your help with this ‘Tweet Up”!  This is not something that affects the states at this point but I am hoping that you can share a bit and help spread the word about this issue. The time is GMT so Pacific time would be 11 am and Eastern time would be 2 pm, that is when the event will start.. I hope some of you are available to help out. This is very important subject, the disabled are being treated unfairly and it needs to stop. Lots of love to you all, Thank you for your support! 

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Depression and Obesity Are Linked – How Weight Watchers Can Help


Article written by Biologist Matthew Denos

Clinical health psychologist David Engstrom conducted extensive research on the connection between depression and obesity and published his findings. Dr. Engstrom’s work is similar to what many other health experts have been alluding to over the years: being overweight leads to depression. According to Engstrom, the leading causes of weight gain are lack of physical activity and increased appetite, which incidentally are symptoms of depression. Therefore, it is quite clear that there is some link between the two.

Not only does Dr. Engstrom highlight the fact that obesity can cause depression, but has also hinted that weight loss can help alleviate many of the symptoms of depression. As published in his findings, his subjects had a better Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score after losing weight. BDI is a widely used measure for depression. Prior to weight loss, the same subjects had a significantly higher BDI score. This enabled him to float the idea that losing weight could help ease off depression in obese people. (photo courtesy)


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Do Bipolar Disorder or Depression Symptoms Differ in Men and Women?


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I got curious recently and went looking around to see if men and women’s symptoms differ in Bipolar Disorder and Depression. I have found a couple articles that talk a bit about this difference. I decided to share a bit of what I learned.

One of the articles was at PCH, (Psychiatric care and healing treatment centers)and it states that the symptoms for Bipolar Disorder in men tend to be more Manic and for Women it tends to be more depression.  I went from this article to NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) and found an article there that says men’s depression symptoms are also presented differently.

There was a study done in France by psychiatrist Dr. Jean-Michel Azorin, associated with Sainte Marguerite Hospital, Marseille, France, and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. I went hunting around the internet to see what I could find and there are several different articles on this study that I found interesting.

It seems that for men, early on, the disorder presents as more mania than depression and for women present predominantly with depression. The study suggests this is why it takes longer for women to be diagnosed than it does men. It also suggests that women are more prone to suicide, likely due to the delay in proper diagnosis, but men are more prone to substance abuse. Women are much more likely to have an eating disorder  and specific phobias than men as well.

I picked the following up directly from the original article on PCH :

       Women with bipolar disorder in the study were also:

         Less likely to be single than men with bipolar
         More likely to have developed symptoms of bipolar later in life than men
         Less likely to experience psychotic features along with manic episodes compared to men
         More likely to experience metabolic disorders (obesity, type 2 diabetes) compared to men

I realized in reading this bit above that Bipolar Disorder will affect men and women’s lives differently as well.

I have found this to be very interesting. When I think of my interactions with people in groups for Bipolar, it does strike me that the men do seem to speak more frequently of dealing with Mania. I am not saying they don’t have their share of depression but in my observation I have noticed more Mania, but this makes me wonder if it is because depression presents differently in men that it isn’t treated like it is in women. So are the men suffering from depression that is not being treated because the mania is so prevalent?? Just another thought of mine. I wonder if this makes it harder for our Male partners, husbands, boyfriends to understand our symptoms as well.  Again just a thought.

What do you all think of this article? The link is in the second paragraph run on over there and let me know what you think.

To me it almost makes sense, since men and women are so different in their thought processes etc..


GUEST POST: New Life Patterns- Breaking Bad Habits

GUEST POST:  New Life Patterns- Breaking Bad HabitsLonely-Tree


Part of addiction recovery is learning the basic mechanics of giving up a bad habit. This skill will help you manage your addiction, but it will also help you make changes in many other areas of your life. Knowing how to give up a bad habit can be useful with anything from quitting drinking, to quitting biting your nails. The basic principles behind stopping are the same, although sometimes you’ll be working on a much larger scale.


Set a Goal


The first step in giving up any bad habit is setting a goal. It’s best to keep your goal simple and easy to focus on. Trying to quit multiple bad habits at once is overwhelming and hard to stick to. It’s best to pick just one thing you want to work on and focus on it. Come up with a game plan that will work for you, and one you feel you’ll be able to stick to. For instance, don’t plan on losing weight by hitting the gym every day if your work and/or home schedule is going to make this impossible. Instead you could plan on working out at home, or at the office during your lunch break.


Once you’ve decided what your goal is and how you’re going to accomplish it, you need to make yourself accountable for it. Write down your goal and your plan in a journal or a notebook where you can refer back to it. Post reminders around your home about what your goals are and why you want to accomplish it. Let your friends and family know which bad habit you’re trying to break and what your plan is. Ask them to remind you if they see you getting off course.


Give it Time


Breaking a bad habit doesn’t happen overnight. You’ve conditioned your mind and your body to go through the motions of the objectionable activity for quite a while, and it will take some time to undo it. Generally speaking, you need to cease a certain activity for at least 30 days in order to get rid of a bad habit. After 30 days, the habit will no longer be second nature to you. After 90 days, it should be just as easy to avoid your habit as it would be to engage in it. After a year, most habits will seem foreign to you.


Replacing Your Bad Habit


Although the term habit sometimes has a negative connotation, humans are actually creatures of repetition, and habits make up the bulk of our daily actions. For every 11,000 signals sent to the brain, only 40 of them are consciously processed. The rest of them are carried out by our own version of autopilot, leaving the brain free to think about and sense other things. Many times, the trick to getting rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. If you have a habit of eating sweets before bed, fill that time of day with going for a walk or reading a book instead. If you have a bad habit of gossiping about others, try striking up a conversation about an interesting news story instead every time you feel like gossiping. Soon, the brain will automatically steer you towards the replacement habit, leaving the bad habit behind.

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Harm reduction has been one strategy for minimizing addiction, but does it work?

Guest Post: Harm reduction has been one strategy for minimizing addiction, but does it work?


The idea behind harm reduction is to give addicts tools to lower the risks associated with the lifestyle of certain drugs. As the name suggests, reducing the harm surrounding addiction at least removes some highly injurious and possibly fatal aspects of drug abuse. 

Heroin addicts can die from lethal injections of the drug, so one avenue of harm reduction has been needle exchange programs. For addicts who are going to inject the drug anyway, the idea is to offer a place for people to trade in used needles for new, clean ones. The spread of Hepatitis C, HIV, and other diseases is a major problem in the heroin community, so when utilized, needle exchange can reduce the otherwise continuous spread.

The United Kingdom has adopted another form of harm reduction for heroin addicts: offering free tin foil to encourage the choice of heroin smoking instead of injection. Again, with the spread of disease and high risk of overdose from intravenous heroin use, the idea is to provide safer alternatives for those who are going to use heroin no matter what.

The cost of treating a heroin addict in the long run skyrockets when a life-threatening disease is added to the mix. Medical bills for someone who needs treatment for addiction and for HIV, as you can imagine, are not cheap, and who pays? Can a young person with both diseases afford proper medical care? Usually not, so taxpayers are really the ones paying for the lifelong treatment needed in countless cases.

Harm reduction seeks to lower those potential costs. If free tin foil stops the spread of one person’s HIV, in what would have been that person’s ongoing needle sharing, while continuing the injecting method of heroin use, there is a real cost savings of treating all people who would have contracted HIV.

Is harm reduction enabling? Are needle exchange programs and free tin foil sending the message that drug use is okay, as long as you are safe about it? With this kind of alternative, what is the incentive for getting clean? If a heroin addict does take the free tin foil as an opportunity to smoke the drug instead of inject it, but the high is not the same, they may return to intravenous use and a higher likelihood of an overdose. At the same time though, if that user reduces harm by smoking heroin, and can gradually see the need to quit, he or she may choose rehab at some point. That same person, without harm reduction strategies, could have continued injecting heroin to the point of disease, overdose, and death.

What do you think about harm reduction?

Do you have firsthand experience with a drug addict that influences your opinion? Even with harm reduction, drug addiction is potentially deadly with every use. Formal treatment is needed to get someone clean, bottom line.

When you, or a loved one, is ready to make changes, the staff at Shadow Mountain Recovery is here to help. Contact the treatment team today to find out what approach to recovery best suits your unique set of circumstances and needs.

Fully reduce harm with sobriety and healing.

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Who do you give your smiles to?

If You only have One Smile in You

I have found that in my lifetime of experience with Bipolar Disorder, I spent many years being able to hide it in public, but when I was home with the ones I loved the most I couldn’t hide it. I could be mean and rarely shared my true love for them, rarely smiled. This has always perplexed me, why would we be the hardest on the ones that we love the most?

Of course I got to a day where I couldn’t control any aspect of it and that is when things in my life had to be changed. I just want to say this quote really got me thinking. Why do we do this?, Maybe it is because we don’t have the energy it takes to hide it 24/7, maybe it is because those people are in our presence so much more than strangers, maybe it is because we take them for granted? I really am not sure!

I think we all, whether mentally ill or not, take those we love for granted at one time or another. Sometimes we do it for long lengths of time and other times we do it intermittenly but it is most important that we realize what we are doing so we can change it. When you are affected by a mental illness, it is very difficult to see things clearly, I think therapy was the best teacher for me and of course life’s lessons.

I just wanted to share these feelings with you all and see if you can relate to it?  I think most people can!

Have a great day, much love sent to you all. ♥


Maya Angelou Quote, I Love this one!


“Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”

― Maya Angelou


This quote from Maya Angelou rings true with me. I hope you all enjoy it as well. Much love to you all.


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Trying a New Medicine for Anxiety in my Teen

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I have talked a bit about my 17 Year old daughter and her severe anxiety. She started taking Lamictal and it worked okay at 12.5 mg for a short time then we needed to increase it. I reacted to it, I got the rash, So  my concern was that my daughter will also react to it if increased. When we increased it to the 25mg she very quickly got a rash that was super itchy. A bumpy red rash on her hand and arm. We had to stop the medicine and I asked the doctor to prescribe her a new one, with her severe anxiety I do not want her left without medicine.

The doctor prescribed 12.5 mg of Seroquel. There are some serious side effects with Seroquel but the nurse tells me that the side effects are very little on a  low dose. A normal adult dose is 300 mg but at a very small dose it works well on anxiety. I am obviously going to keep an eye on her and make sure her side effects are kept minimal.

I can tell you that within a few days my daughter is feeling so much better. Her anxiety has been high for months on end and just getting worse but this medicine is really changing things for her. She has actually been in a good mood since she started taking it. She told me her anxiety is almost non existent. It is still there but it isn’t troubling her the way it has been the last 6 or more months. She is in a good mood, I haven’t seen her this happy in a long while.

So fingers crossed this may be the right medicine for her at a low dose.


How do you choose to live?


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This is one of my favorite sayings. We do not have to live a negative life, no matter how hard it gets we must hold on to love and kindness. Choose to live by choice not chance…

I choose to live by choice, not by chance: to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful not used; to excel not compete.

I choose Self esteem not self pity.

I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.


May you all have a wonderful weekend filled with love and happiness.