About Me

I was first diagnosed with depression when I was about 14 years old. As I grew older, each doctor gave the same diagnosis. While I do have depression regularly, there are times where I’m pretty erratic. It wasn’t until 2008 when I was accurately diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)..

Like many people who go on psych medication, I gained a significant amount of weight. I reached a maximum weight of 303 pounds. I joined Weight Watchers and I’ve lost 50 pounds, but still have a ways to go.

I currently live in the Los Angeles South Bay. I have a wonderful husband named Maurice whom I refer to frequently. It was early in our relationship that my bipolar began to really kick my ass and he held my hand and got me through the worst of it. I also have a beautiful daughter who attends University in England.

Unable to work in a traditional environment, I took advantage of the time and became a writer, which has been a lifelong pursuit of mine. I’m currently working on a mystery novel. My first work of fiction.

I hope you enjoy my blog and come back to visit often.

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  79 comments for “About Me

  1. November 30, 2016 at 11:17

    Being diagnosed with BiPolar,back up I was diagnosed with anxiety at 15 but was never medicated, I was told two options treat it myself or see a quack and be put on meds. I took the no thank you route. For 3 years then I was in a bad relationship and affecting my parents relationship with me too at 18, so I asked for a pill to help, I literally took one I was up all night heart racing, sweating. Woke up the next morning dumped the pills and said pills aren’t going to take my problems away.

    Anyways, broke up with the boyfriend relationship with parents got better. I was married 18 months later. I’m still go no medicine until I had a baby,where anxiety is super high!!! I was hypertension, low iron, and freaking out. At 6 weeks I broke down asking for anti depressants.

    BiPolar came in right after my son’s 2nd Birthday,I was manic, paranoid, spending money, driving to places all over. I wanted to switch doctors for location wise, made unwise decisions. My husband made me a dr appt, but the dr sent me to the ER, I asked for a sleeping aid I’d been up 24 hrs, I woke up in the physic ward I was not happy. I was there 12 days came home Christmas Day. I was daised,confused, unhappy, hated all the medicine. I was like there but not there. I was a walking zombie.

  2. September 20, 2016 at 15:45

    Will you follow my page?

    • Bradley
      September 21, 2016 at 20:32

      I certainly will give it a look when you get it up and running. Thank you for your follow and your comments.

  3. August 27, 2016 at 02:37

    Pleased to meet you. Can’t believe I haven’t stumbled across your site sooner!!

    • Bradley
      August 27, 2016 at 04:27

      Glad you found me. I hope you come back

  4. August 10, 2016 at 09:02

    HI

    I have nominated you for an award, you can find all the details here
    https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/the-black-cat-blue-sea-award/

    If you are blog free (or just don’t have time) please just consider it a shout out

    Trina

    • Bradley
      August 10, 2016 at 09:28

      Hey Trina, I’m honored with the award, but this is an award free blog. Thank you

      • August 10, 2016 at 09:32

        Do you know I think you have told me this before, apologises, please accept it as a shout out πŸ™‚

        • Bradley
          August 10, 2016 at 09:36

          Apologies not needed. I appreciate the nomination.

  5. August 3, 2016 at 22:37

    Very happy to discover and follow your blog

    • Bradley
      August 3, 2016 at 22:51

      I’m glad you found it. I hope to see you back.

  6. June 6, 2016 at 05:49

    Hi I’ve nominated you for ‘The Liebster award’ ( I love doing this award because I get to know so much about other people) I want to know more about you and your Blog. I’ve accepted it loads of times. If you don’t wish to accept it -please take it as a compliment.https://daisywillows.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/thank-you-for-making-me-smile/

    • Bradley
      June 6, 2016 at 16:19

      Thank you for the nomination, but I was just nominated a few days ago and my responses will be posted tomorrow. lol. I do feel honored, though.

  7. May 26, 2016 at 08:01

    HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon

    • Bradley
      May 26, 2016 at 10:20

      I plan on it. I enjoy your blog, which is why I’m now following you.

  8. April 21, 2016 at 19:24

    It’s nice to meet you!

    • Bradley
      April 21, 2016 at 21:43

      Welcome, Robert. Thank you for taking a look around. I look forward to checking out your site.

  9. March 11, 2016 at 11:47

    Thanks for visiting and following, Bradley. Nice to meet you here.

    • Bradley
      March 11, 2016 at 11:52

      My pleasure, I’m enjoying your blog.

  10. March 4, 2016 at 05:21

    Hi, Bradley, thanks so much for visiting my site and choosing to follow along. It’s lovely to know you have such a supportive spouse. That’s a life-saver.
    Blessings, Sandy

    • Bradley
      March 11, 2016 at 11:52

      Hi Sandy Sue. I apologize it’s taken a week to respond. Somehow I missed your comment. Thank you for stopping in.

  11. April 11, 2015 at 13:40

    Whoa. You have been on a roller coaster ride for a long time. Alread just skimming your blog, I have gleaned some insights. Thanks. The one on binge watching caught my eye. THE BORGIAS is a good series, via Netflix. I did binge watch it. πŸ˜€

  12. November 2, 2014 at 08:46

    My Heroes garden wouldn’t be complete without you, Bradley!
    http://healingbeyondsurvival.wordpress.com/my-heros/

  13. October 18, 2014 at 01:22

    Thank you for the follow. I look forward to having a look around your blog soon.

    • Bradley
      October 18, 2014 at 13:36

      Thank you, and welcome

  14. September 14, 2014 at 11:06

    Dear Bradley,

    Just came across your blog and went through some of your posts. I really enjoyed your writing style. Insightful coupled with great humor.

    I imagine you to be like one big teddy bear. Hugs

    • Bradley
      September 14, 2014 at 22:34

      Glad you found me, IC and thank you for the comments. I hope to see you stop by some more. And yes, despite my gruff and grumbly exterior, I am just a big ‘ol teddy bear.

  15. July 22, 2014 at 21:19

    No. I don’t get you in my Reader since I don’t Follow you. (I think I saw you in the comments on Osomann’s blog and that’s how I found your blog.) There is usually a Follow and Like on the top of the frame of blogs, and you can use the Widgets to put the Follow Buttons on your blog. But if you have Followers they must be doing something, lol! Unless they subscribe via email. But I’d like to get you in my Reader!

    • Bradley
      July 22, 2014 at 21:52

      I don’t know what to say, I have WordPress followers. I just tried to find a plug-in or widget that has a WordPress follow button and am having no luck.

      Maybe try logging into your Dashboard and then put my URL in. Maybe the follow button will show up there. (grasping at straws)

    • Bradley
      July 23, 2014 at 08:12

      Mandy, the answer is so obvious I can’t believe it just came to me. Log into your reader and look for the button on the right side labeled “Blogs I Follow” and click on “Edit” then just type in my URL and that should do it.

      • July 23, 2014 at 08:18

        Bradley, you’re a genius!! I just did that and now I Follow you! Thank you πŸ™‚

  16. July 22, 2014 at 16:42

    Hi Bradley, glad to run across your blog–the polar bear got my attention! I admire your determination to lose weight and manage your bi-polar. I came from a lifetime of depression, and the question was always which came first, depression or sex abuse. Anyway, that’s what I write about. I lost 50 lbs on WW a few years ago. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the healthiest way to eat. That’s not to say I’m perfect and now I’m working on losing the 20 I gained back when I took being thin for granted! Come visit πŸ™‚

    • Bradley
      July 22, 2014 at 16:58

      Hi Mandy,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad my polar bear caught your attention..that means he’s working. I’m a firm believer in Weight Watchers. It’s working wonders for me.

      • mandy
        July 22, 2014 at 17:25

        Do you not have a Follow button, Bradley? I haven’t done email follows since my inbox is always so full I don’t want them to get lost in the mess. I would love to follow you, too. πŸ™‚

        • Bradley
          July 22, 2014 at 21:03

          There should be a Follow button in the WordPress Reader you can click. Is that what you mean?

  17. January 25, 2014 at 14:46

    So glad you are doing this, also thanks for the chuckles. Love you Brad.
    Yvonne

    • Bradley
      January 26, 2014 at 00:43

      Thank you, Yvonne, I’m happy you like it. I love to laugh so I enjoy making others laugh.

  18. January 21, 2014 at 18:04

    I will always come back to follow your latest to-doing’s. I much prefer to read about other people than to read about myself. I can’t seem to get away from myself. Every morning, there I am with my mad morning hair πŸ™‚

    I would love to go back in time to my original bipolar diagnosis; I was diagnosed with severe and chronic depression when I was 12. However, I was not correctly diagnosed with manic-depression until I was 31. I was originally diagnosed as a Bipolar Type II. Then I graduated πŸ™‚ I had a full-blown manic episode, and I was upgraded to classic Bipolar Disorder Type I. I liked Type II better. Hypomania is so much more fun than full blown mania which can become quite scary. It doesn’t last as long either.

    But, happy news, I have been diagnosed with mild manic-depression the last few times I saw the doctor. So, I consider that huge progress. Of course, I was just completely manic, but, I am a “mild” manic-depressive. Maybe now I can go back to school πŸ™‚

    How did you get to be a bipolar bear? What kind of bear is bipolar? I think you ought to be a polar bear. They are very regal and noble looking. And, they can swim πŸ™‚

  19. Anonymous
    January 10, 2014 at 10:39

    Brad,
    I don’t know you well but I know Maurice from PUC when I lived in Redondo.
    Very happy to see your health and see your blog. I’be had bipolar in family and friends. It’s a life long thing; takes more resolve than most realize.

    Good on you and your hubby too.
    Steve

    • Bradley
      January 10, 2014 at 11:16

      Thank you, Steve. You truly have made my day. I hope you’ll keep coming back and continue reading. This blog is a labor of love.

      • January 21, 2014 at 18:06

        Any blog worth its salt is a labor of love, and any life worth living is a labor of love as well. Somehow, I get the impression that everything you do is a labor of love.

  20. December 16, 2013 at 03:20

    Song2theS,

    You’re so right. It’s the result of having been corrected as a child in my grammar. Mild PTSD, I submit. You should see what happens to me when someones offers to “loan” me something (a noun, not a verb) instead of “lend” me something.

    The comment was made a little tongue-in-cheek, so to speak.

  21. November 30, 2013 at 09:12

    I’m so glad I found your blog. Thank you, Bradley.

    • Bradley
      December 1, 2013 at 15:12

      Welcome, Ann. I’m glad you found it too.

  22. November 24, 2013 at 09:44

    Dear Bradley, I think that your blog deserves recognition for all the wonderful writing about mental health and depression. Your sharing of your journey and struggles is a great help to all who are on a similar path, so I’ve nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger award. Here’s the link: http://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/most-influential-blogger-award/
    Warm regards,
    Vic

  23. September 26, 2013 at 19:33

    Hi Bradley, I wanted to check out your blog. I hate to hear you have to deal with depression. My heart breaks for anyone who has it and any other mental illness. I devote much of my blog to the seriousness of depression and the tragic outcome that it had for my family. I pray that you will be able to fight the daily battles and defeat the enemy. I am glad you have someone who supports you. Blessings from D.J.

    • Bradley
      September 26, 2013 at 22:03

      Thank you for stopping in and taking a look around, D.J., hope you’ll come back.

  24. September 26, 2013 at 19:20

    *Ahem* *Ahem again* Bradley,

    Sometimes genuine loves requires telling people the truth about themselves, no matter how painful that might be. In turn, there is no greater act of courage than to admit the truth about oneself.

    “I have a wonderful husband named Maurice who I refer to frequently”

    The truth is Bradley, you do not have a wonderful husband named Maurice who you refer to frequently.

    However, had you written ” … WHOM I refer to frequently”, well I could not find fault with such a statement. It would be true.

    As unorthodox as it may be, please feel the love from the Grammar Police, and be well.

    N1965

    • Bradley
      September 26, 2013 at 21:15

      Thank you for the heads up. The error has been changed.

    • December 15, 2013 at 16:59

      Oh for crying out loud πŸ™‚ And I thought I was bad about grammar and spelling! Who/Whom? They both get you to the same place right? πŸ˜€

  25. Gel
    August 22, 2013 at 13:16

    It’s good to hear that you have Maurice. I know how amazing it is to have a compassionate partner.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    Depression is at the core of my life struggles so I can relate.

    • August 22, 2013 at 13:32

      Yeah, I’m pretty lucky to have him. Welcome!

  26. July 31, 2013 at 20:32

    Thanks for visiting my blog. There’s a lot of depression that goes with my Borderline Personality Disorder. I believe my father was undiagnosed Bi-polar. He had an uncle who was manic/depressive (old terminology) and I have a nephew on my side who is diagnosed bi-polar (all from my father’s side of the family) so it’s a pretty strong line in our family tree. Even when my BPD seems to be in remission, I still seem to struggle with depression. I also have a lot of impulsiveness, so maybe I’ve got some bi-polar too. I’m glad to hear your partner is so supportive. You’re a lucky man!

    • Bradley
      August 1, 2013 at 00:21

      Thank you for stopping by, Hawruh. I hope to see you around.

  27. July 31, 2013 at 15:21

    My Dear Bradley, I’m very glad you visited my blog. I have a poetry blog @ http://medicatedwordzallowed.wordpress.com. Would love it if you could take a look. I too am bipolar and it took all my life to get diagnosed as well.

    • Bradley
      August 1, 2013 at 00:06

      Thank you for the link to your poetry blog. I look forward to reading through it.

  28. July 23, 2013 at 02:36

    Hi and thanks for the follow on my blog. I too am Bi polar 2.

    Crazy ride at times, isn’t it? Lol πŸ™‚ Still, we have to learn to laugh at ourselves and not take things to heart. Your husband sounds amazing. I’ve only just separated from mine and thats why I’ve been away from blogland! πŸ™‚ Take care of you! Hugs Paula xxx

    • Bradley
      July 23, 2013 at 11:06

      It is a wild, crazy ride. I enjoyed looking through your blog so I hope you don’t stay away from blogland for too long.

  29. June 30, 2013 at 05:09

    Yes I will come back!

    • Bradley
      June 30, 2013 at 18:28

      Wonderful, quiall. I look forward to it.

      • Ladybosslee
        February 3, 2014 at 23:15

        I think (know) my husband is Bipolar, but can’t get him to acknowledge he and to get help. I commend your better half, it’s not an easy place to be. Good luck I will be back.

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