posts in Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder: What Are Racing Thoughts?

Learn what the racing thoughts of bipolar disorder are. www.HeartofMichelle.com #raisingbipolar

Last week, I explained why I don't limit my daughter's Minecraft time. In that post, I mentioned a little about racing thoughts and now I want to explain what racing thoughts are. 


What Are Racing Thoughts?

Although I had tried many times to understand racing thoughts, it was only a year and a half ago that I finally figured it out. Alexis helped me to understand it a little better.

From the above post



"Racing thoughts are a lot of snippets of music, conversations and negative thoughts looping, one over the other, for hours on end. These racing thoughts aren't persistent in that they are not 'playing' 24/7, but when they are, the person feels as though they're going mad."


December of Darkness: Why I'm Dreading Winter

A mom describes the miserable winters when her daughter bipolar sleep patterns get worse. #kidswithbipolar #bipolardisorder www.HeartofMichelle.com

I am not looking forward to winter. In fact, I'm dreading it.

This is the first year I haven't looked forward to winter. I usually appreciate the change in time and weather. I look forward to fireplaces, bonfires, hot chocolate and all the other cozy things that come with the season.


Not this year. Not even a little. You see, for the last two winters, I haven't seen the light of day. 


Literally. And I hate it.



Why I Don't Limit My Daughter's Minecraft Time

Find out why a mom who has led her children through a screen-free lifestyle would choose not to limit time on Minecraft. #minecraft www.heartofmichelle.com

It may surprise you to read this, but I don't set limits on my daughter's Minecraft time.


If you know me or have been reading this blog long enough, you know that I'm not big on screens. Each year, our family participates in Screen-Free Week and I've even written a series of posts called Screen-Free Family Activities.


We didn't have television in my home (no service anyway) for many years. My youngest two, who are now 16 and 11, didn't have T.V. until they were 14 and 9.

So why would a mom who has led a pretty Screen-Free lifestyle not set limits on Minecraft?

Why this Teen Girl Should Inspire You to Bust the Stigma of Mental Illness

Find out how this teenage girl showed her support of Mental Illness Awareness Week with her art at www.HeartofMichelle.com #BustTheStigma #SayItForward #MentalHealthAwarness

Alexis is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She keeps to herself and spends a lot of time drawing. She doesn't care for conflict, avoiding it at almost all costs. She always strives to be polite, respectful and to not hurt anyone's feelings. She can get along with most people with no problem.

She's a peaceable girl.


She's a Quiet Girl, but Speaks up When Necessary

On Monday, Alexis was telling me that someone she knows "doesn't believe in mental illness or at least she doesn't believe it's common."

I turned to her and said, "Uh, one in four. I just wrote a post about this today because it's Mental Illness Awareness Week. 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children. 1 out of 17 of those has a serious mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenia or major depression. Not common? Quite the opposite."

We had a little discussion about all sorts of things. She's had several debates with friends about mental illnesses or even "disorders" that aren't mental illnesses, such as dyslexia and Asperger's. 


She's not afraid to tell it like it is. She doesn't hide from the conflict when it comes to helping others understand, or when she sees the need to bust the myths associated with a disorder.

She's bold when she has to be.

Why I Wouldn't Spend a Day with My Father Even if I Could

The following is a guest post by my 16-year-old daughter Alexis.



A teen girl explains why she wouldn't spend a day with her deceased father if she had a chance to do so. #bipolardisorder


"If you could spend just one day with a person from the past, present or future, who would it be?"

I've seen this post on Facebook. I've thought about it. 


I have a few people in mind but, as odd as this may sound, there is one person on that list that I actually wouldn't spend that day with.


My father.

A Day in Our Homeschool Life (Homeschooling Kids with Bipolar Disorder)

See what a day in the life of a homeschool is like for this Charlotte Mason family and how I accommodate kids with bipolar disorder.

It's hard to say what a day in our homeschool life is like.


It's not very consistent anymore. Unlike previous years, when I had it all together with a schedule, it rarely works that way these days. I've had to adjust and readjust many times.


Why I Cried When Robin Williams Died

Robin Williams' death has touched me quite deeply. This post is an attempt to explain a little about that and how bipolar disorder affects a person's thinking.

By Eva Rinaldi (Flickr: Robin Williams) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

People die every day. It's sad, but if we didn't know the person, it usually doesn't cause us personal sadness.

Still, some deaths of strangers affect us more deeply than others. If it was a child, for instance, or perhaps they died in a way that somehow hits home a little more. 

Raising Bipolar: 5 Things I've Learned About Myself

One mother reflects on what's she's learned about herself will #raisingbipolar kids. www.TheHolisticHomeschooler.com @tmichellecannon

When you're a parent, you learn a lot about your children. When you're the parent of a child with special needs, you learn even more. 

Like all parents, you're getting to know this person with her particular strengths, challenges, and personality. But if the child has a special need, whether mental, neurological, or physical, you must also learn all you can about that particular challenge. And then you learn how to adapt to it.

Something else happens when you are a parent of a child. You learn a lot about yourself. If you have a special needs child, you learn even more. Special needs can really push a parent to the limits, testing all aspects of the parent's abilities, skills, and personality.


Here are 5 things I've learned about myself from raising kids with bipolar disorder.

My Child Is Taking Charge of Her Life


In my life this week...

This was a great week.

Due to her own efforts, Lorelai was able to switch her sleeping schedule around to a more normal schedule. I say "more normal" because I think most of us would consider 4 a.m . a pretty early hour. Yet this is what time she gets up now. Her schedule goes something like this:

  • 4 a.m. - Wake up.
  • 5 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 10 a.m. - Lunch
  • 3:30 p.m. - Dinner 
  • 5 p.m. - Get ready for bed
  • 6:30 p.m. - Bed
No one planned it, but it worked out this way. It's perfect for her. She gets to be up at night (it's dark between 4 and 7 a.m.), yet she experiences daylight, sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities again.

The change in her moods and even her thinking is phenomenal. Yes, there will be a post about that. Stay tuned!

Also, Alexis came home after spending a month at one of my older daughter's home. I've missed her and am glad to have her back home. 


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