Processing Pain Through Poetry

    by Linda K I wrote this poem a couple of months ago. I wrote it while trying to process the struggle of dealing with one sister who suffers with mental illness (bipolar disorder and bulimia) and other family members who don’t understand. I have experienced seven years of major clinical depression myself, and overContinue reading “Processing Pain Through Poetry”

“Darkness is My Only Companion”

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are for me medicine when I am sick; you are my strength when I need help; you are life itself when I fear death; you are the way when I long for heaven; you are light when all is dark; you are my food when I need nourishment.” —Ambrose of Milan (340-397) Our theology makes allContinue reading ““Darkness is My Only Companion””

Are There Benefits to Being Bipolar?

Bipolar people can be different Originally Published on July 20, 2010 in “Psychology Today” Let me start by acknowledging what is well known: Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness. Affecting at least 1% of the population, it can, untreated, result in suicide, ruined careers and devastated families. Bipolar disorder is oftenContinue reading “Are There Benefits to Being Bipolar?”

Melancholy in Amber

Edgar Degas, Melancholy/ c. 1874, oil on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. The sadness flows from this painting. Degas caught the dark despondency of his model. Her inertia becomes something we can gaze on carefully and at leisure. This is one of my favorite paintings. For me, it captures an essence of what depression “looks” like. TheContinue reading “Melancholy in Amber”