The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger AwardMany thanks to Karin of The Austrian Dish for nominating me for this lovely award.  We both share a love for cooking, and my mouth waters every time I see her culinary creations. She also has a great knowledge of food ingredients. It is exciting to try new things. Karin inspires that. Someday I hope to spend more time in her country of Austria. I know it is a beautiful country with a rich history.

The creator of the Mystery Blog Award is Okto Enigma.  The award features allow for a fun exchange of information on bloggers. I certainly enjoyed reading Karin’s award post responses.  Thanks, Okto Enigma, for creating this award! Continue reading

A Story of Musical Hallucinations (When music mostly died for me)

Music notes birdI don’t know how long it’s been exactly, but I’d say at least four years.  It was back then that for me the music stopped sounding good, or at least it stopped invigorating my soul. How to really explain it, I do not know.

I was a dancer from the first days that I remember. Music was central in my life. Jazz played in my grandparents’ music room. Classical music in the dance studio. I liked Rock and Roll the whole time, too. Really any music satisfied me, and I could dance to almost anything, even the buzzing of the street lamp, or the sound of a rope slapping the flag pole in the wind. Continue reading

Hyperfocusing vs. multitasking

I have read that some people with ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have a tendency to hyperfocus on one task, subject, or topic, while others have difficulty focusing on any one thing at all. I don’t have ADHD or ADD, but people close to me have drawn attention to my trait of hyperfocusing since I was a little child. Continue reading

Ghostwriting – There are people all over the planet claiming authorship to my words

ghostwriting

When I saw that the WordPress Daily Prompt word was “planet”, I immediately thought of an important article I wrote some years ago. The article was about the environmental impact of the pharmaceutical industry. I wrote the article as a ghostwriter when doing freelance writing through a particular freelance work website. At the time, I hadn’t been working for quite a long time, but thought I’d dip my feet into some new minor work project. Continue reading

Types of Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

psychotherapyPsychotherapy, when added to medications, has been shown to be very beneficial for people with bipolar disorder, and many other types of disorders, too. Medications alone do not always completely address all of the illness-related issues such as anxiety, persistent sub-threshold depression, illness adjustment, adherence to medications, and social and occupational functioning. There are many options in psychotherapy that are helpful for people with bipolar disorder. Multiple approaches using different strategies and tools have been developed.

It is suggested that patients with any type of psychological disorder discuss the best type(s) of therapy for their case with their psychiatrist or other mental healthcare provider. Continue reading

Why Jails And Prisons Shouldn’t Be Mental Asylums

prison cells

A few years ago, my husband stumbled upon a book written by a journalist father of a young man with bipolar disorder. The young man (a good kid) committed a crime during the midst of a manic episode and was arrested for the crime. As some people with bipolar mania experience, the young man didn’t even remember committing the crime. Continue reading

The Column of Trajan tells a long winding story

Left: My close-up photo of the Colonna Traiana frieze. Right: Stock photo of the full length column.

Located in Rome, Italy, the Colonna Traiana (Column of Trajan) commemorates the Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian wars (101-102 and 105-106). Continue reading

Making tentative plans into firm plans

planning useI’m the kind of person who likes to set goals or destinations to work towards, not fly by the seat of my pants. Setting such goals/destinations allows me to plan my route appropriately, and travel the “route” smoothly and effectively. Hopefully! Continue reading