Thursday, January 31, 2013

Living With Depression II

After reading your comments, I think we all have come to a consensus that living with someone with a mental illness is difficult. It affects everyone around. It can be hard to watch and triggering. That must be very difficult to have someone else trigger your personal struggles day after day. How can you avoid that?

And there is a comment that touched on the fact that depression is an invisible disease. Everything looks fine on the outside, but on the inside you are struggling. I would agree with this. Most days I feel horrible, but people don't know that. I look fine.

My boyfriend and I just broke up and one of the reasons is living with mental illnesses. It is too difficult for both of us. But God knows we tried.

Thank you for sharing your stories with me.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Living With Depression

I talk a lot about living with depression, but I never say anything about living with someone who suffers from depression. I was wondering what your thoughts are. Maybe you live with someone or maybe you know someone who lives with someone. Any thoughts are welcome ones. I can't imagine it is easy. Actually I bet it is really difficult. Maybe I'll summarize my findings later.

Thanks everyone.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What I am Reading

What are you reading?

Great question! I started my Master's of Social Work program. This is the third week and it is a ton of work! There is a ton of reading. So right now, I've been reading Unequal Lives: Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities and a bunch of articles and websites. For the most part, everything has been really interesting. I am learning about how health is a human right and how inequalities among different social groups cause inequalities in health. 

This is a very exciting new challenge for me!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Good Day

It is a good day, so far.

I had a meeting with my son's teachers to discuss his IEP (individualized education plan) and his continuing need for special education. Currently he goes to occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. Found out today that after 2.5 years, he will be graduating from OT and PT! I'm so proud of him! He has come such a long way. He will still continue with speech for a while. We will see if he needs summer school a little later in the year.

Because I had the meeting at the school, I had time to get breakfast with my wonderful boyfriend! We got bagels for breakfast and an extra couple for lunch too. And orange juice. Delicious delicious orange juice.

After the meeting I went over to the train station and wouldn't you know, the train arrived at the same time I did! What timing. It was a good thing too, because it is pretty chilly out there.

That is it so far. I can't wait to get out of work and go home. That'll be the cherry on top.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What I Am Doing Right

Jaime over at James & Jax is accentuating the positive! She has listed things that she excels at and is inviting everyone to join her.

I always linger on the things that I am bad at. Then I add things to that list things that I am good at. Then I just add more things and more things until I am convinced that I suck at life. So, I am going to join Jaime in listing things that I am good at.

  1. My job. I've been doing research for about 7 years now and you know what? I'm damn good at it.
  2. Being a mom. Okay, so 95% of the time I think I'm a terrible mom, but in all honesty, I am good at it. I'm a good mom with a great kid.
  3. Helping people. I enjoy helping people, especially those that I love.
  4. Following a recipe. I wouldn't say cooking, because I think that implies doing something creative, but I can follow a recipe.
Phew! Okay, that is enough for one day. I am going to try to linger on these things instead of the usual. Maybe I'll start liking myself better.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Not Much of a Post

As you might have figured out, I suck at blogging. At least lately. I didn't ask you about your holiday shopping, I didn't wish you a Merry Christmas, or a Happy New Year. Sorry, loyal readers, I meant to. I swear. Actually, that's not true. I gave you all a Christmas card! It was just a touch late.

Loads of stuff has been happening around here. I start a Master's program next week. I'm going for a Master's in social work. It's a big change from science and I am excited for it.

The holidays were good around here. Ryder got his marble run, I got my Coleman grill. I can't wait to go camping now!

I'm sick. My boyfriend is sick. My son was sick. It sucks. Being sick sucks.