Happy belated new year. I’m disappointed its taken me this long to contribute anything but I have felt so uninspired, but it helps to have a new computer and I need to still get used to it. There is a lot coming up in the next few months so there was no better time than now to write about it all. On a personal note, since you last heard from me, I had been newly diagnosed bipolar II and was on Abilify. It was working great, however I had gained 20 pounds in four months and my psychiatrist decided to change my mood stabilizer to Latuda. I’ve had some adjustment to it but feel good on my current 80 mg regimen and haven’t gained any weight (nor lost) in two months. So there is something to be thankful for.
This month I will be attending my first Mental Health First Aid class. These classes teach you how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to react in such a case. It is an eight hour course that I hope I will learn a lot from and have the opportunity to meet new people because of it.
Coming up in April, is the NAMI walk in San Diego, California. NAMI, which stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a foundation that helps provide resources for those learning about mental illness and those living with it. All money raised before and during the walk go straight to the organization.
Then in May, we celebrate the blog’s second birthday! I’m very excited for whats in store and look forward to sharing it all with you. Remember, the blog is an interactive format where you can share your story of living with or caring for someone with mental illness. We are always seeking guest posts and suggestions on topics are always welcome!