My Brain Review

I received my brain over 46 years ago. I think I was given a prototype that hadn't yet had the glitches ironed out. A gift nonetheless. Repairing the glitches and disarming the many self destruct buttons has been my job. Incorrectly placed, faulty circuit breakers between my brain's communication ports have seen some erratic and... Continue Reading →

Who Cares for the Carer?

Who cares for the carer? It's a good question. Raising children with mental health issues, it's not often something we think about. All our efforts go into parenting and dealing with the daily issues or stresses associated with mental health conditions. We are usually the last person we think about, if we consider ourselves at... Continue Reading →

Giving Kids Language Around Emotions

Language is the most powerful tool we have.   Language gives us the means to: • communicate our thoughts • express our feelings • ask for what we need • negotiate • learn • teach • understand • belong Take a long, deep breath in through your nose...and slowly exhale. Imagine you are in a tiny space, about the size Continue Reading →

The Christmas Boycott of 2016

Christmas Day felt so strange. The whole lead up to Christmas has felt 'dishevelled' to me. It's always been a time of great excitement and enthusiasm, with the tree and decorations put up on December 1. But not in 2016. My daughter Jessie had told her Nanna 6 weeks or so ago that she didn't... Continue Reading →

Manic Depression and its Evolution to Bipolar.

Manic depression was the name previously given to the mood disorder, bipolar. Back in the late 1800's the work of Jean-Pierre Falret, a French psychiatrist, led to the term Manic-depressive psychosis becoming the initial name for this mental illness. He identified the "folie circulaire", the circular insanity of manic and melancholic episodes, interspersed with periods of... Continue Reading →

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