Caregiving: The Relationship In The Middle

Logic would suggest that given Mr. Juniper is my husband, Daddy to Juniper Junior and the one who Juniper Puss does his best to kick out of our bed, that we have relationship. Time for Mental Illness and Relationships 101: when one partner has a mental illness and the other partner is a carer, the partnership is going to be faced with another stress. That is, another stress amongst all the other ordinary partnership stress fun-times. Read More Caregiving: The Relationship In The Middle

Caregiving: Turning The Tables

When I was writing the Hogswatch Special, I knew I would need to bring in balance, though I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to pull it off. The balance being that with the extra stress brought by Hogswatch, I need to make sure I’m taking care of myself, and that it’s a critical part of caregiving, too. Read More Caregiving: Turning The Tables

Caregiving: Hogswatch Special

With just eleven days until Hogswatch, it seemed like the time had come for a Caregiving Hogswatch Special. (Yes, Hogswatch. I’m attempting to avoid The C Word.) Hogswatch is a wonderful time of year. A time for gifts, good food and decorations galore. A time for stress, anxiety and meltdowns. Read More Caregiving: Hogswatch Special

Caregiving: Crisis And Kindness

There are two kinds of crisis in the Juniper household. There are the ordinary ones and the mental health ones. An ordinary crisis is when the washing machine breaks, someone comes down with flu, or there are zombies attacking the house. The mental health crisis is hospital visits, emergency psychiatrist appointments and caring for someone who is fragile and in pain. Read More Caregiving: Crisis And Kindness

Caregiving: Being Able To Say I’m A Carer

Um, yeah, hello. My name’s Juniper, and I’m a carer for my mentally ill husband. It’s taken me six years to be able to say that without hesitating, tripping over my words or bottling out altogether and saying nothing. Oh, I don’t mind saying that I’m married to someone who is mentally ill, what I struggle to say is that I’m a carer. Read More Caregiving: Being Able To Say I’m A Carer

Suicide, Selfish or Not?

When I was younger, single, and without children, I never understood how someone could take their own life. How could life be that bad? How could you not get your depression under control? I mean, there are so many treatments available that something must be able to help. How could you leave your family behind? Leave your children without their mother or father because you chose to end your life? I have had a few friends end their lives due to depression and I couldn’t believe how they could just end it all. That was before I was smacked in the face with life. Read More Suicide, Selfish or Not?

Gorgeous, Sexy, “Crazy”: The Fetishization of On-Screen Mental Illness

Another day, another trailer. This time, for John Carpenter’s upcoming The Ward (2011). Read More Gorgeous, Sexy, “Crazy”: The Fetishization of On-Screen Mental Illness

All Alone in a Crowded Room: Depression and Isolation

These days, it seems like half of everyone I know is on anti-depressants, and I’m a little conflicted about that. On one hand, I’ve personally been on the receiving end of the stigma and all of the worst judgmental attitudes that accompany mental illness, and so anything that de-stigmatizes depression, mental illness, and psychiatric care is a good thing in my book.
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