Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

A Few of My Favorite Things: My Lyrics

Prescriptions of Zoloft, Nortriptyline, and Lithium,
Tablets of Clonipan, Valium, and Ativan,
Omega-3 pills that are shipped right to me,
These are a few of my favorite things.
St. Therese medals and Serenity Prayer bracelets,
A personal shield made with permanent markers,
Brown paper bags for those panic attacks,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Untwisting distortions and positive thinking,
Happy Lites blasting my circadian rhythms,
Good self-esteem in only 10 days,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the dogs barf,
When the kids crap,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.
(cracking of glass)
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  • Maritza Jimenez

    Six years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADD and recurring panic attacks. Before my diagnosis, I was not familiar with the term “bipolar” and did not know what it entailed. However, once the doctor explained that the anxiety, long periods of depression, low self-esteem, lack of focus, and racing thoughts . . . together, they had a name. The doctor’s first comment was “how have you managed to survive until now?” Not easily. But after going through some very bad, and life changing experiences, I lost that “control”. Of course, the fact that I had been functioning so well (while dying inside) has made my family and some friends believe that I am making up the symptoms, and feeling sorry for myself. After a successful career as office manager, I have reached the point where I can’t keep a job and my lack of focus is getting worse. (I have been fired from five jobs in four years.) My jobs have lasted from 2 weeks, to 10 months. So, my mental health gets worse. And yet, my husband continues to believe that “it’s all in my head”. Well, DUH!! but not in the way he thinks. Bipolar disorder needs to be recognized for what it is: a mental disorder.

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