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sonyasworld

San Francisco, California
My wife has a mental illness. She was hospitalized for close to one month with acute psychosis. Her diagnosis (still not solidified) is major depression with psychotic features. This blindsided us. This blindsided me. My world flipped upside down. “Sonya” refers to the... Full Bio
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0March 14, 2010Phone Call by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Her: Hey honey! Me: (over-the-top positive and optimistic) Hey honeycakes! Whatcha up to ? Her: I’m taking the dog to the beach. Me: Right on. I was thinkin ... Read on »
0March 16, 2010The Rollercoaster Ride by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I woke up this morning with an anxiety I haven’t experienced since my first day returning to work. She’s having a difficult reaction to Lithium, which was added to the mix ... Read on »
0March 24, 2010Alive by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Today she spent all day thinking about throwing herself off a bridge. She didn’t go to yoga. She didn’t take the dog out until almost 2pm. She didn’t do anything today exc ... Read on »
0March 25, 2010Camaraderie by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My existence is a pretty lonely existence. I rush home from work to be with her, and she continues to be fairly non-responsive. At its worst, a conversation might look lik ... Read on »
0March 26, 2010When She Has A Good Day by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Today, she had a good day. It was clear from the moment I called her at 8:45 to make sure she was up, I could hear it in her voice. And, she was already up. Compare that t ... Read on »
0March 27, 2010Self-Care by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A hugely important thing about being a care provider for someone with a mental illness is to take care of yourself. My good friend gave me a perfect analogy: it’s ... Read on »
1March 15, 2010Charging A Cell Phone by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One major thing about having a spouse in the throes of a powerful illness is how hard it is to differentiate between the disease and the person you love. The dise ... Read on »
1March 15, 2010Hugs by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The dog crawled up onto his favorite perch on the couch, to bask in the sunlight. She came home from yoga and curled up next to him to give him a hug. Her head is resting ... Read on »
1March 17, 2010Side Effects by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I started this blog in a moment of desperation. I needed to vent. However, I’ve been living with my wife in her new condition for 6 months, and I’ve tried to keep my sense ... Read on »
1March 18, 2010Communication by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A burden that I deal with continuously is communicating. I am blessed to have family members, both on my side and on her side, that care a lot about what is going ... Read on »
1March 28, 2010Relativity by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Einstein is reported to have explain his theory of relativity to the non-scientist by say that if you want to understand relativity, just put your hand on a stove for an i ... Read on »
1March 30, 2010Cracking Jokes by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My style of humor typically plays off someone’s sense of naivete. I like to say things that are barely plausible but mostly impossible, and enjoy the moment of disbelief i ... Read on »
2March 25, 2010Jenga Mode by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I’ve mentioned several times that my wife is fairly non-responsive due to either a) her medication, or b) her illness itself. It’s hard to tell which is the culpr ... Read on »
3March 24, 2010Timeline by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A little perspective here… April 2009 – She lost her job. She worked at a start-up, which lost its funding, and so the company closed. Summer 2009 – We did a cross ... Read on »
9 months and 2 days ago by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My wife is doing well. I’m doing well. We just had a fantastic weekend together filled with joy and friends. She has one week left of Intensive Outpatient Care, and then s ... Read on »
Coincidence by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Elaine: No, no…but it is quite a coincidence. Rava: Yes, that’s all, a coincidence! Elaine: A big coincidence. Rava: Not a big coincidence. A coincidence! Elaine: ... Read on »
Confessions by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health OK so I have some confessing to do. I get a lot of comments from people saying that “I’m such a good guy for sticking by my wife,” “my love must help her so much,” yad ... Read on »
Dan In Real Life by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health “Dan In Real Life” is one of our favorite movies. It is so touching. Steve Carrell plays a widower whose cannot escape the presence of his deceased wife. He has three daug ... Read on »
Envy. I mean, Gratitude by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I came about this close to writing about envy tonight. Because I’m feeling envy. A lot of my friends are doing really cool shit and really inspiring shit in their lives. W ... Read on »
Family Portrait by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This is my family walking on the beach, one of our favorite activities to do together. This picture was taken about two months ago. I’ve been thinking a lot about the anon ... Read on »