Libido-less, And Loving It!

One of the major side effects of anti-depressants and mood stabilizers is the lessening of a sex drive or “libido”. Along with weight gain, it is seen as one of the worst parts of having to be medicated. Some people will stop taking their meds because of the issue, as it may seriously affect a … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


So, Where’s My Oscar?

I hear and see a lot about “being yourself”, “finding yourself” and “being who you really are”, or “getting back to who you were”. I have discovered that who I am is part learned behaviour, part personality traits, part environment and experience, part mental illness and part medication – but is any of it actually … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


On Being A CSI

I am a CSI. Not a real one, but as my life has been enough of a mess to constitute a crime scene (I know my guitar “playing” is, I have a strap that says so), I believe that I deserve the title. The damage done in the past, the damage I have to continuously … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


The Nurture of Nature

I have always been looking for “THE CURE” to my mental illness, even when it was misdiagnosed as depression alone – “chronic depression” was what one psychologist called it. Then when I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and prescribed medication that actually worked to level me out, I thought that was IT. Well, it … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


What Does HOPE Mean?

On my Facebook page, I receive a lot of posts from Mental Health pages and sites about HOPE. “Never give up hope”, “there is always hope”, etc…I get them almost every day. I seldom re-post them to a page that I co-manage, called Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. Hope may mean different things to different … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


Menopause and Bipolar II – Fun (NOT)

Let me tell you, hormones can really mess up your recovery! Although my symptoms have been marvelously stabilized by my medication for quite a few years, the “change of life” has done a bit more than just change my life – it has turned me into a complete “nutbar”! (Mmmmm, nut bar…) For the last … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


Reaching and Teaching The Unwilling: An Unapologetic Rant

I have been trying to be an advocate for stamping out the stigma of mental illness for a few years now, but I do not believe that I have reached a single person outside of those who are also advocates and/or victims of stigma. I sure wish I knew a way to educate people in … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


How My Daughter Saved My Life. Frequently.

When I began to write this blog entry, I did not realize how HUGE it would become – chapter in a book huge, maybe two; cutting it down was a difficult task. Because I know without a shadow of a doubt that if it had not been for my daughter, I would have been dead … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


The Bullies Are Still With Me

It was a LONG time ago. Yes, it was – 1972 to 1981. You would think that I’d be “over it” by now, wouldn’t you? But no, I remember those classmates vividly. I remember things they said to me, names they called me, things they whispered to each other about me, the snide remarks and … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


The (Second) Guessing Game

“How should I respond to that email? Should I respond?” I ask myself. “Was that decision based on rational thought and logic or on a sideways anxiety-ridden emotional basis that may or may not be real?” My tired, anxious and obsessive brain ponders. Sometimes I really miss believing that all of my decisions, reactions and … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


Missing: The Part of Myself That I Actually LIKED.

I have heard a lot of people talk about someone “going off their meds.” I find this quite offensive, as it’s often said as a way to describe someone who is upset, acting silly or over-reacting…NOT someone who is actually ill and has been prescribed medication. So often I’ve bitten my tongue and said nothing, … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


Problems with Pop-ups

So many years of making seriously irrational and unwise life decisions while in either a depressed or hypomanic state have resulted in a lot of negative repercussions in my life and detrimental effects on the people I have known and those I love. The self-protective and relatively rational part of my mind wants to alleviate … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.


L. Song: A working professional battling bipolar disorder II

I am a fifty-something working professional woman who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II.  I was not properly diagnosed until I was in my mid forties, and have experienced many misdiagnoses and incorrect medication prescriptions over the course of my adult life.  In retrospect, I am amazed that I am even still alive.  I … Continued

About L. Song

L. Song is a middle aged professional who has been struggling with Bipolar Disorder II since her teens. After finally being properly diagnosed and prescribed the correct medication at forty-four, she has dedicated herself to helping others who suffer from the stigma of mental illness through her work. To try to make a difference, L. Song supports organizations such as Mood Disorders Society of Canada, CAMH, as well as HMC. As an avid “horse person,” she also follows and contributes to a Facebook page, Riders Against Mental Illness Stigma. She plans to someday work with people and horses in a therapeutic capacity and publish a book about her experiences living and recovering from the disorder. You can follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds blog.