Health knowledge made personal

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
› Share page:

Posts

Sort by: Most recent | Name
Weight Gain by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health If you can’t tell by now, I’m a music fan. I find lyrics peppered throughout my life that fit in and narrative my story pretty well. Today I share with you a line from the ... Read on »
The Cost of Care by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Money. We’ve spent a lot of this year in our efforts to get better. I bring this up because just yesterday my wife’s case manager at our insurance company said that she is ... 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 »
normal. by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I am inspired by a link that Kris posted to my last blog post from psych central that speculates on what Normal is. In the 1920s, Warren G. Harding famously invented the w ... Read on »
What’s wrong? Nothing. by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The band Nada Surf has a song called “Paper Boats” that my wife and I have always loved. In the middle of the song, the lyrics envision a conversation between two p ... Read on »
My Mom Gets It by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I saw my brother a few days ago, and he told me about a conversation he recently had with my mom. As he said, it gave him an entirely new perspective on what my wife and I ... Read on »
Good News For People Who Like Good News by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Things have been going very well lately. Very well. Let me do a quick reminder about the timeline here. In September 2009 I took my wife to the hospital for psychosis. ... Read on »
Profanity by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health CLAUDIA Ok. I’ll tell you everything and you tell me everything and maybe we can get through all the piss and shit and lies that kill other people… He laughs a bit u ... Read on »
Flashback #1: Checking In by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I went to bed an hour ago but can’t sleep. I’m anxious about returning to work tomorrow, and for some reason, my thoughts are racing. I didn’t take Trazodone tonight becau ... Read on »
Vacation by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This video is great because a) the Go-Gos outfits are unbelievable. b) at 1:07 the beachball hits the guitarist in the head, and many of the band members lose t ... Read on »
It Goes Both Ways by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My wife is getting better, but for some reason, I am getting worse. That doesn’t seem to make any sense at all, but it’s what I’m experiencing. I’m much more tired and ... Read on »
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Afternoon by sonyasworld Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My wife will occasionally send me a text message while I’m at work, with someone sweet like “I luv u.” Today she sent a text, but it was not quite in that vein. “The d ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »