Dealing with Mental Illness

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Mostly I've dealt with M y daughters mental health

Now it is my turn. I have a less severe form of bipolar.I have had several major depressive episodes since I was 16 years old. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Things do get better

Brenda is finally doing well. Kelly's death has given her a reason to stop being angry that things didn't go her way. Now she's taking the right medicine and giving up her paranoia and depression. We get along. We always got along when she was well. Only when she's sick do we fight. But she hasn't... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Kristina's Obituary

Kristina Marie HANSON Born June 30, 1981 in Longmont, Colorado, died June 9, 2006 in Tukwila, Washington. When she was sixteen she experienced her first manic episode and for the next nine years of her life battled with schizoaffective disorder. Despite this disability, she completed her A.A. degree... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

My Daughter is Missing

Missing Daughter Kristina Marie Hanson Last Seen: June 8, 2006 @ 3:00 PM Location: Seattle, WA Date of Birth: June 30, 1981 Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Hazel Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 Kristina Marie Hanson Kristina has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a mental illness with symptoms of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Finally, both daughters are in treatment and living away from home.

This June my twin daughters will be twenty five. They are finally both getting mental health treatment at a community mental health center, living in mental health housing rather than home. With Kelly, it took several involuntary commitments, many sleepless nights and willingness to say that she... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 13, 2006


Yesterday, I took my daughter, Kelly to a meeting with my friends. They don't know her since she doesn't have a drug or alcohol program. They only know her from what I say about her. I used to feel uncomfortable taking her places. She is odd, too dependent and I feel embarrassed by either her... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 9, 2005

A New Antidepressant

For the last year, I have been living without an anti-depressant. But when I went to the doctor last month, she gave me a new drug called Cymblatta. It worked from the first day. I was able to get better sleep, get calmer, and stop crying. Now I feel completely normal. My doctor said that there have... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

What we need

Kelly needs to decide to get well. Brenda needs to let go of her paranoia and I need to become stable. These are easy for normal people but hard for us. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Back to the beginning

Kelly refused her medication. So far she's not too obnoxious, but it won't be long until she's in trouble again. She tried to get her dad to pay her twenty five dollars so that she would take her medication. Since we can't have her calling the shots, he didn't pay her. She has to be in full... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

My bipolar

Right now my mood swings are causing problems. I get energized and stay up until four a.m. I get tired and take naps all day. I can only do work when im in the mood. If I try when I don't feel like it, nothing happens. I wish I could be moderate and consistent, but i can't. Sign in to see full entry.

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