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How Far We’ve Come

Until the late nineteenth century, emotional distress in women (what we today would call Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder or PTSD) was almost universally diagnosed by the doctors of the day as “Hysteria”. Doctors believed that Hysteria was often caused by – wait for it – a woman’s uterus floating around her body. They literally called … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Things Are Looking Up

One night in January 2015, I got an electric-feeling headache in my right temple. My speech slowed and my vision went blurry so I went to the ER. I was told it looked like my psychiatric medication was doing damage to the nerves in my brain and I had to change it immediately. I started … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Young and Sick

If my makeup is neat and my clothes are clean, does my depression lessen? If I interview well, does it mean I’m not anxious? If my hair isn’t yet grey, am I less tired? My Mother has always said that I look great, even when I’m sick as a dog. People often say they never … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


You’ve Got a Friend in Me

To be understood; it’s something we all crave. Often the hardest part of having an illness no one can see is an overwhelming feeling that no one around you understands. They don’t understand your fear, your medication, the way you look at the world. It can be a very lonely place, wrapped up in your … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Twenty-Six and Not Counting

I have been off work for 26 weeks this Friday, and I feel no closer to answers than I did in April when I unexpectedly left my job. I’ve spent early mornings at labs for tests, days in doctor’s waiting rooms and nights in hospitals, and I have no answers. More than once I’ve allowed … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Ten Years In, Two Years Later

On the night of September 5, 2013 I went for a walk up Yonge Street. I was unemployed. I was anxious, sad and confused about what was going to come next. Fall is always the worst time of year for my Depression. A chance encounter with a phrase from my past spurred me to write … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Positivity Doesn’t Apply

As we sat in my favourite coffee shop, discussing what to write this week, my boyfriend and I got into a conversation about what the difference between passive faith and active optimism are. At first I agreed with him that putting positive thinking and optimism into daily actions will have better results than just hoping … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


The Other Half

My illness has changed my whole world in the last few months and my co-habitating boyfriend has had a front row seat to the whole thing. People are constantly asking how he’s holding up. Well, he’ll answer for himself this week in his own words. From the Perspective of the Other Half By Roberto I’m … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Acceptance

Life has thrown a lot my way in the past few months. In mid April I woke up without much warning in scary, mania territory that I don’t think I’ve ever been in before, and I hope to never go back to again. Since that Sunday morning, my world was shaken and then flipped upside … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


The Little-Big Moments

There are certain days in everyone’s life that represent a turning point. Most change is so slow and incremental that we don’t even notice it happening until we wake up one day and the world is different. However, some dates stick in your head forever. On most of these life-changing days, we go to bed … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Dear Nurse

Dear Nurse, When I entered the Emergency Room that night, I had no idea how long I would be there or how painful the visit would be. We didn’t meet right away as I spent my first few hours sandwiched between a broken handed soccer player and a wailing woman who was certain death was … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Courage. Wisdom. Serenity.

Eventually, everyone has to accept his or her limits. Circumstances over the last few months have forced me to gradually accept some of the things I cannot change. I will have bipolar disorder for the rest of my life and the serious episode that I just came out of likely will not be my last. … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Crisis is a Different Beast *Trigger Warning*

* Trigger Warning * Mental illness has good days and bad. When things are good, life is all about maintenance strategies and finding things you love to fill life with joy. The really bad days, being in crisis, are about basic survival. I’ve written many blogs about my maintenance strategies because most of the time … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


See Things for What They Are

See things for what they are, no better and no worse. It’s so easy to say, but hard for any of us to do. I’ve often tried to explain my illness as two concurrent inner monologues which fight inside my head for supremacy. One is rational, cool headed, down to earth Sarah. The other is … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Winter Maintenance

Good mental health often comes down to maintenance. Everyone needs decent sleep, nutrition, exercise and social activity to be healthy and happy. Those with mood disorders may need to go a bit further and take medications daily and on time, avoid substances including alcohol and closely monitor mood swings.  Those are just the basics. Even … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Your Favourite Moment

My boyfriend and I have opposite schedules (he works nights, I work days), so every weeknight we leave each other a short letter on my laptop. We write about our best moment of the day, how we are trying to be positive about something we really didn’t enjoy, and something we are hopeful for tomorrow. … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


2015: The Year of Hobbies

Good mental health is an ongoing pursuit, and complacency can be disastrous. I’ve realized over the past few months that if all of our happiness relies on only one aspect of our lives, be it work, money, or a relationship, then our good mental health is precarious. Happiness is truly grounded in a well rounded … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Take a Mental Health Day

Every once in a while I like to check out. Usually on a Sunday, I decide that the day is mine; I free myself from all social obligations, demands and pressures. I turn off my phone and I take a Mental Health Day. All day I do exactly what I feel like, when I feel … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Thank You Note

My grandmother Lilah passed away about a year ago. From that loss came a blog post I wrote which changed my life. You can read the piece here; it was featured this week in a new online magazine called Side by Side Mental Health. The piece is about my grandmother’s Bipolar Disorder, an illness we shared … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


What I Learned in Silence

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new therapy I am experimenting with called Mindfulness. It is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and meditation. The therapy consists of weekly meetings with a group and one hour of private meditation practice per day. The process has been harder than expected to this point … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com