My first introduction to Robin Williams was in the TV sitcom, “Mork and Mindy”. As an awkward child with undiagnosed Asperger’s disorder, I related to the social challenges experienced by […]
Having a chronic illness makes it difficult to feel hopeful. It’s easier to feel depressed and anxious, too. But it’s not always like that for everyone.
So much of our awareness efforts focus on the acute symptoms of a migraine attack. Migraineurs rarely talk about the challenges we face every single day even on relatively good days.
Every 13 minutes, someone dies by suicide. The end result of untreated Depression is almost always suicide. If not treated successfully, the hopelessness and helplessness that characterizes Depression leads to one inescapable conclusion: that life is not worth living. Suicides happen even to the strong.
How many of us have said these statements either in our heads or out loud to a trusted loved one? Were we thinking about suicide when we said it? Maybe. Maybe […]
When life is impacted by chronic illness, grieving can become a way of life. As the illness progresses, changes must be made to accommodate the loss of function, loss of income, loss of loved ones, loss of control, etc.
It started with mild feelings of uneasiness that quickly grew into near constant anxiety and paranoia. I was irritable and short-tempered, easily taking offense, and quick to get angry. I’m no stranger to managing emotions. I make my living helping other people identify and manage their own. I knew exactly what I was experiencing and thought I knew how to manage it. But this was more than just stress or skepticism. Something wasn’t right and I needed to get help soon.
For years I avoided discussing my sleep problems with doctors because I stubbornly refused to admit that I might have to use a CPAP in order to get a good night’s sleep. I saw the use of a CPAP as “being hooked up to a machine” — as evidence that I was severely ill. In my mind, it was tantamount to “life support”, a fate less preferable to death itself. Trust me, I’m not there now. Breathing is vital and I’d sure like to be doing it while I sleep…especially if it really is a Migraine trigger.
It’s not unusual for Migraine patients to also have some form of Depression. In the past, some have theorized that there is a “migraine personality” that is at risk for both conditions. This has been disproven, although the mythology still perpetuates stigma and poor treatment for many.