Sunday, May 2, 2010

Back in hospital...

So after many months of relative wellness, here again I find myself in hospital. I spent a week at the Civic before being transferred to the Royal. I find comfort in the familiarity of my surroundings and of the staff at the Royal.

I don’t know exactly how I slipped or what went wrong…looking back, I believe I had a hypomanic episode and then just crashed to the bottom. It’s frustrating to find myself back here because I was so sure that I was doing everything right: my diet, exercise and medication regimen remained stable throughout the time before I landed in hospital.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rachel's Story - Matt Good

I don’t know if you are familiar with Matthew Good but he is one of the several famous people who openly suffers from bipolar disorder. In 2007, he released a very candid album, 'Hospital Music', after a long stay in a psychiatric ward, a diagnosis with bipolar 2 disorder and a struggle with an addiction to anxiety medication.

I was only recently introduced to this album and though it’s not for you if you’re looking for something uplifting, it’s something I feel I can relate to from the perspective of someone who’s been on a similar journey.

Also, Matt Good has written a blog about depression and bipolar disorder and in 2008, received an award for raising awareness about mental illness.

In addition, there is some interesting info about the album in the context of his illness here: