". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Award of Awareness Presentation

You have been honored with this award. There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in.
  • Let others know who gave you the award and link back to them as a thank you.
This is the originating post.
I want these ladies to know that they have touched my life and helped me learn more about things that are important to them by speaking up and helping in the fight against ignorance and stigma. There will be more in the future, but I'm starting with these. Next week, their posts will be first in line linked for Awareness Wednesday.
  • You may give this to as many or few individuals as you choose. This should be awarded to those with a cause. Something they want to raise awareness about. Don't forget to notify your recipients of the award. 
I chose to limit mine to 5 this week...
I would like to give this to:
 Annette at
for raising awareness for Epilepsy

Megan at
for Bipolar Awareness

O My Family Blog
for Postpartum Depression

and WEEZER at

on Agoraphobia Awareness

Just because these are the awareness items I've recognized you for, doesn't mean that is what you have to post about. Make your post about what you are most passionate about educating others on at the moment.
  • Display the badge in your post and tell us about what you would like to raise awareness about.
This week I am doing my Awareness post on Bipolar Disorder. My information here comes directly 

from Bring Change 2 Mind, a group diligently working to fight the stigma of mental illness that is perpetuated in the world of ignorance, assumptions and misunderstanding. I am using the green awareness ribbon, as it represents the different forms of mental illness, including bipolar. (Yes, it represents other causes, too.)


Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive 
illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual 
shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the 
ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms 
of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different 
from the normal ups-and-downs that everyone 
goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder 
symptoms can result in damaged relationships, 
poor job or school performance, and even suicide. 
But bipolar disorder can be treated. A combination 
of professional counseling and medication helps 
most people return to productive and fulfilling lives.

Bipolar symptoms may seem like separate problems, 
not recognized as parts of a larger problem, so it 
can be years before a person is properly diagnosed 
and treated. Bipolar disorder often develops in a 
person's late teens or early adult years, and it has 
been reported that at least half of all cases start 
before age 25. Some people have their first symptoms 
during childhood, while others may develop 
symptoms late in life. Like diabetes or heart disease, 
bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be 
carefully managed throughout a person's life.

Bipolar mood changes are called episodes, and 
people usually shift from manic to depressive episodes.

Common signs/symptoms of a
  • Excessively “high”, euphoric mood
  • Extreme irritability
  • Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities 
and powers, such as feeling able to control 
world events
  • Decreased need for sleep without 
feeling tired
  • Racing thoughts or fast speech
  • Distractibility or difficulty concentrating
  • Agitation
  • Spending sprees

Common signs/symptoms of a

  • Feeling very “down” or sad
  • Feeling worried and empty
  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Forgetting things a lot
  • Losing interest in fun activities 
and becoming less active
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Thinking about death or suicide
  • Link your Award post to the Awareness Award Page so that as others find out about this, they can link back to your post and learn more. (In the Linky provided there)
Let's change the world, 
one blog post at a time!


Weezer said...

Thank you, my sweetie, for this. It's amazing. I accept it with honor and feel like in my own personal situation, I can run a series. I am in the company of such strong and courageous women. Stand strong and live.
I'll do my post after I give it some thought.
You are precious.

Summer Ross said...

Great post! Congrats to those who received the award!

Nett said...

Thanks Holly, you ALWAYS make me cry! You know, Bug is on Bi-Polar medication, the big Epilepsy drugs were first used for BPD and then they found they had anti-seizure properties.

He may be Bi Polar now that I read closely through your post. He had some of those mood swings and then the funkies. They were pretty drastic. He was 3 when it started. Lamictal got rid of them. Lamictal IS also a Bi Polar medication.

I will post on his Blog and link back to you sweet friend!

Paula said...

Dear Holly, thanks for your interest. I have linked and truly appreciate your comments. I do not mind novels. It does help to listen and being listen to.
Skip and I will start with couple therapy when I have moved to Tampa in 3 months time. The six years in Spain where we lived together where the total nightmare for me. I spiraled down as he verbally and emotionally abused me. When I left him he finally woke up. Not just for me, but realising how his life was didacted by his aprents behaviour still. He is now attending counselling himelf and now after 2 years and major improvements I am ready to marry. We have had a sort of online counselling and we know that lots of communication skills and boundary excercises are needed. We are both dedicated to heal together. This time I truly feel safe and good with him. Nothing what I ever have had before with any man and particularly not with him. Today, having improved myself so much, I never would stay with a person NOT standing on my side. Yet I learn day by day that I have to stand by my side too. That is the hardest part. Takes plenty of courage and not every day I have it. I feel you are a very courageous woman dealing with mental illness , having such a large family and a complex hubby. I truly admire you HOW you hold on and not lose yourself.
After so many years we have learned that we have to fight our inner demons and not one another. if you ever need venting and no one around - please feel free to write:
Love form this side of the pond

Free Gal said...

I am your newest follower from theblogfrog!! :)

Thanks for commenting on my thread!

Terry said...

What a great post. I now understand exactly what Bi Polar is and how it affects people.

What a great idea to have an Award Awarness. I am going out of town for a couple of weeks but when I get back I am going to get my blog together. Terry

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