The Post of My Heart: “The Found Girl” on The Lithium Chronicles

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Dear Friends,

It has been a hell of a week. ¬†Last Friday I was high (it was natural! No inhaling took place. ūüėČ from sharing my good news about my book deal with Post Hill Press. ¬†I’ll be honest with you – despite hoping to get a few solid hours of writing done, I¬†did diddly squat.

That same day, Nicole Lyons, the feisty founder of wildly popular The Lithium Chronicles Facebook community, kicked off her Mental Health Warrior month by publishing my post “The Found Girl” on her blog. I was honored, to say the least.

I selected “The Found Girl” because out of the 275 posts I’ve published, it’s one of my very favorites. I had problems trying to reblog it, so I’m posting¬†the link: ¬†

http://thelithiumchronicles.org/2015/04/30/mental-health-warrior-dyane-leshin-harwood/

I usually ramble for another 818 words, but today I’m giving you a break. I hope you’re all doing well, dear bloggers.¬†

love, Dyane

p.s. As some of you know, I enjoy promoting sites/resources I believe in, so I’m sharing¬†some of my favorites here. ¬†Please help me spread the word about ’em & I’ll be forever in your debt!!

Visit The Lithium Chronicles Facebook Community 

https://www.facebook.com/TheLithiumChronicles?fref=ts 

 To check out Post Hill Press visit www.posthillpress.com

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Dr. Walker Karraa, who’s writing the foreword to¬†Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, created a wonderful site called Stigmama.¬†http://stigmama.com/ I’ve been a Regular Contributor to Stigmama for almost a year. I encourage you to visit Stigmama and consider¬†contributing your own writing to this cutting-edge site – it has over 19,000 likes on Facebook!

Dr. Karraa’s¬†new book Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth has been the #1 Amazon bestseller in the Postpartum category! Please buy a copy¬†for anyone you know who has been affected by postpartum depression – it’s a truly remarkable, unique, and most important, inspiring book. ¬†To purchase a copy please go to:

 http://www.amazon.com/Transformed-Postpartum-Depression-Womens-Stories-ebook/dp/B00STTT334/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431040608&sr=1-1&keywords=Transformed+by+Postpartum

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“I’m Not A Mess” Redux with my daughter Marilla

Last night I had just finished working out when my precocious daughter Rilla walked into the room. ¬†As I stood there exhausted, she said “Mommy, I have something special I want to show you!” I dragged myself upstairs to see what she was talking about. ¬†I thought it would be her latest Minecraft creations.

It turns out that she recorded herself on PhotoBooth singing a ditty that I wrote¬†a few months ago. It’s called “I’m Not A Mess”, and in it I admonish the media for portraying women with mental illnesses as messes. ¬†Rilla’s rendition was so cute, but the words were hard to make out, so we created a duet. It contains a¬†potty sentence which might offend some people. (I explained to Rilla not to use it until she’s eighteen.)

 

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Love him!

Below¬†are some¬†classic¬†examples of women doing the “head-clutch” move portrayed by the media. ¬†The amazing Stephen Fry is working with the Time to Change *¬†to¬†¬†publicize this issue.

Hope you like the song, and I’ll see you next Friday. Have a great weekend everyone!

love,

Dyane

 

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images-1¬†My personal favorite, even though she’s not clutching her nogginimages

 

* Here’s the link to the article about Time to Change and its groundbreaking¬†campaign “launched to stop depression being illustrated with head-in-hands pictures.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/campaign-launched-to-stop-depression-being-illustrated-with-headinhands-pictures-10116855.html