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NAMI Walks -- We All Win

This is my second year for the NAMI Walk Johnson County, Iowa.  It's how people across the United States raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization whose mission is support, education and advocacy with and on behalf of people with mental illness and their families.

National Alliance On Mental Illness

I became passionate about NAMI when I learned about its origins.  Once upon a time, not so long ago, the holy writ on schizophrenia was that it was caused by overprotective mothers and disinterested fathers.  Wow.  In 1979, a bunch of these mothers started to push back.  They organized and demanded better research, better treatments, better treatment.  Would there ever be any progress in the world if it weren't for uppity women?  A new documentary, When Medicine Got It Wrong tells the story, coming soon to a PBS station near you.

NAMI has grown into a national program, built on local chapters.  It fights stigma.  It advocates for funding of services, r…

National Blog Post Recyling Day -- I Am Not SAD

"In order to do my part for Earth Day, I am participating in a new national celebration in conjunction with Earth Day called “National Blog Post Recycling Day.” Other than the sentences you are reading now, I will be posting no “new” content on my blog today. Grab your lap top, your smart phone or your iPad, sit under a tree and enjoy some digital recycling."

From April 12, 2009 -- I Am Not SAD

What month has the highest rate of suicides in the northern hemisphere? What about the lowest? You will find the answer at the end of this post.

Calling All Mood Charts

A comment on yesterday's post inspired this quicky.  Based on a my narrow experience, I have a rigidly held opinion on the topic of mood charts.  Well, like a lot of things.
But I have a readership that might have a broader experience.  And while I am not above blathering away on my own opinions, I do have the wit to listen and learn from others, even to ask.  So...
What are YOUR experiences with mood charts?  (Mental health professionals can answer based on your clients' experiences, if you are sure they aren't bullshitting you.)
What kind of charts have you used?  Are you still using one?  Why or why not?
What have you learned by using a mood chart?  Or not?
Make liberal use of the comment section below.  When I get to that post, maybe I will have a slightly larger experience base from which to draw!
Thanks --

The Mood Chart Video

I call this video Mood Chart for UltraRapid, Ultradian Cycling Bipolar, with a Touch of PTSD.

To the Therapy Theme Song.

Much more fun than some old DSM code, doncha think?

A family member said, "If you can relate to that song and video, now I know your mind works on a completely different level."  To which I responded, "Then we are making progress."

Yes, this is the inside of my head today.  Someday when it's not, I'll write about mood charts.  Very useful things, mood charts.  A basic tool for recovery.  My favorite is here, also listed among the Resources on Mental Illness over there on the left.

But that's all for this week.  See ya.

One Year Later -- A New Look for Prozac Monologues

What do you think of the new look?

I talk about how my brain turned into Swiss cheese.  Lately, I spend most of my time in the holes.  So if you are waiting for the second PTSD post -- keep checking back.  The good news about cycling is that it comes back round again.  (That's also the bad news, depending on what part of the cycle you are talking about.)

Anyway, as an alternative to thinking, and to celebrate my first year online, I decided to renovate the site.  So, what do you think?

Okay, I stayed with the dark blue motif, this being a blog about depression.  I rejected many new options that, my host, now offers.  Just think, I could have spread the page with barbed wire -- really!  I gave it a lot of thought, but in the end, I am just not that Goth.  I could have used rain as a backdrop -- no, too cliche.  Another option was this flock of birds flying over head.  I live by a pond, so I know -- way too messy!

So, same color, a little texture in the banner.  I was a…

Good Friday Reflection

American Tune by Paul Simon, sung by Art Gunfunkel and Paul Simon 
These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:13-16 The Bible, Revised Standard Version