AIM program at CAMH

So a lot has happened since I last wrote.  After making the decision to go into the in-patient program (called AIM), it was a lot of hurry up and wait. Barbara told me that I have to go in for four weeks while Dr. A told me it was more flexible. I finally got a […]

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January 15th, 2011 by "Alice"

Up next: Another change in meds

Well, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, mostly because I haven’t really had anything to say, but also because I haven’t had the energy. I’ve been sleeping so much the past few days; it’s all I can do to pull myself out of bed to log in for work. I’m not sure […]

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February 23rd, 2010 by "Alice"

Hibernating — and not from the winter weather

So things are still on the downward slope. I’ve been hiding out, hibernating in my apartment, which has been helped by the fact that I’ve been working the evening shift for the past couple of days, at home — which means I haven’t changed out of my pajamas in a couple of days. Until today, […]

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February 18th, 2010 by "Alice"

Proposing changes to DSM-IV

I haven’t really been watching the news lately. Actually, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched the news. This evening, when I got home from work, all I wanted to do was fall onto the couch and veg in front of the TV. But the sitcom reruns weren’t doing it for me, so I […]

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February 11th, 2010 by "Alice"

Changing meds, changing variables

Last night I went out with a bunch of friends to celebrate my birthday. I got quite inebriated, but luckily I had a good friend with me the whole night who made sure I kept drinking water so my hangover wouldn’t be too bad today. Other than being tired, I actually feel alright. We’ll see […]

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February 11th, 2010 by "Alice"

Mood charting

Mood charting was one of the first things I had to do when I was hospitalized. It’s the easiest way (I’ve found) to keep track of my ups and downs. I was in the habit of doing a mood chart daily for the first couple of years after my diagnosis – mostly because I was […]

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January 29th, 2010 by "Alice"

Nausea and tremors and weight gain, oh my!

Ah, side effects. As I was preparing to write this post, I decided to research as many medications as I could remember being on. (I know it sounds weird to say I don’t remember some, but I really don’t.) Since many of them have the same side effects and warnings, I’m just going to go […]

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January 27th, 2010 by "Alice"

The trouble with being diagnosed

From what I’ve read over the years, the problem most people with depression or bipolar experience is getting diagnosed. So many people can’t get taken seriously until they’ve attempted suicide. It’s like depression or mania aren’t problems until it runs a risk to your life. I had the same problem. I first realized that I […]

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January 23rd, 2010 by "Alice"

You can call me Alice

Chances are if you’re reading this that you either (a) know me and I told you I was starting this blog or (b) typed in a Google search that led you here. I suppose there’s also an option (c). That it’s a few years in the future and you found an established blog and wanted […]

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January 19th, 2010 by "Alice"