Meditation Versus Sleeping Pills and the Hypnosis App

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!, Transcend

The other night I did something that I haven’t done for a long, long time, give or take a few cat naps. I slept through the night without taking a single pill. Actually, a second near-miracle happened, too.  Shortly after a voice coming from my phone spoke, “one”, I slipped into a hypnotic state. I woke up briefly and felt … Read More

jenniferlreimerMeditation Versus Sleeping Pills and the Hypnosis App

Six Feet Under: Television for Serial Insomniacs, Christmas Rejects, and the Terminally Insane

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Bipolar, Mad Society, Other Survivors, The Psych Ward, Transcend

It is 4:25 am.  My lucky number, 25.  Cat Power is singing in my ears and my dad is sound asleep in the hotel bed beside me, as I listen to Cat Power’s album Dear Sir, named after that poem written by Anne Sexton that I always mix up with the work of Sylvia Plath, and may have done the … Read More

jenniferlreimerSix Feet Under: Television for Serial Insomniacs, Christmas Rejects, and the Terminally Insane

Localized Insomnia? I Can Only Sleep in Certain Places

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

When I arrived in Winnipeg to visit for the holidays, the familiar insomnia that I’ve suffered at the various residences I grew up at as a child and adolescent, and carried on into my adult life, but with quite a bit of relief, lately, took hold.  The first few nights, I and those around me blamed it on jet-lag – … Read More

jenniferlreimerLocalized Insomnia? I Can Only Sleep in Certain Places

Traveling While Bipolar (Guest Post #2)

jenniferlreimerGuest Posts

Bipolar Disorder Sufferers – Eight Things to Do To Prepare for Travel.  Plus, build your own Tool Box! (by Shah Wharton) As many of you know by now, I have bipolar disorder and travel worries are still a young issue with me. I used to put it down to claustrophobia however, not bipolar disorder. I learned only recently that it’s … Read More

jenniferlreimerTraveling While Bipolar (Guest Post #2)

Sudden outbursts of tears – is this a side-effect of Trazodone?

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists

What’s the matter with me? My life has gone through much upheaval lately, but for the better.  Most of the time I’ve been feeling great.  However, during the past week or so, I’ve been struck down by sudden bouts of “I don’t think I’m ever going to stop crying” at some point in the evening.  These “events” come completely at … Read More

jenniferlreimerSudden outbursts of tears – is this a side-effect of Trazodone?

Debt and Insomnia

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Transcend

I had to snap a shot of this advertisement on the bus the other day.  Why?  Because it whispers the truth – you’re not a depressed, anxious, insomniac (like I am quite a lot of the time) because there is something wrong with your brain… There is something wrong with the economy!!! As our “monetary system” is based entirely on … Read More

jenniferlreimerDebt and Insomnia

Blue Lotus Tea for Insomnia and Pain Versus Pharma

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Garden, Transcend

Featured Post, March 1, 2011 (by reader vote) Over the past week, I have officially decided – blue lotus tea kicks both clonazepam and codeine’s asses. This is the beautiful flower (which I hope will sprout in the magick garden soon!) – was considered sacred in ancient Egypt, and contains nuciferene and a few other “active” ingredients, that give it … Read More

jenniferlreimerBlue Lotus Tea for Insomnia and Pain Versus Pharma

Can you overdose on atypical antipsychotics? What about Trazodone?

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!

One of the major benefits cited when atypical antipsychotics were released (almost the only ones prescribed these days, including “Abilify”, “Risperdal”, “Zyprexa”, “Seroquel”, and “Clozaril”  ) was that no one could die from an overdose of any of these new drugs. This was a lie.  The pharmaceutical industry telling lies?  No way… I cannot find the number of people who … Read More

jenniferlreimerCan you overdose on atypical antipsychotics? What about Trazodone?

Sleep Cycle: My Favourite iPhone App

jenniferlreimerMad Society, Transcend

sleep cycle 3

If you’ve been a reader for a while you probably have come to the realization that Alaryyk and I are “macheads”, “appleheads”, or whatever you call people who only use mac devices.  They are just…better!  They may be a little pricier, but they save you so much money that you would otherwise spend having your PC hard drive wiped of … Read More

jenniferlreimerSleep Cycle: My Favourite iPhone App

Insomnia and “The Dilemma”

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!

As I am writing this post at 2:49 am, Pacific Standard Time, the reason for this topic is rather obvious – I cannot sleep. Only this time, I don’t have an answer as to why sleep will not have me.  I’ve gone through the lists of meds, side-effects, and interactions, which usually leads to some understanding of why my body … Read More

jenniferlreimerInsomnia and “The Dilemma”

May Madness

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

…is indeed, a very particular sort of madness. …this snail knows something that I never will… What variety of “hypomania” would a doc classify this as?  Or perhaps it is a “mixed state”. How freakin’ ridiculous.  “Mixed State”.  Never realized precisely how absurd that sounded until I just typed it.  I’d imagine that most people are in a “mixed state” … Read More

jenniferlreimerMay Madness

a rant before going into interzone, 2005

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Poetry, Prose, Personal

I must have written this early in the morning of the day that I disappeared for several before New Year’s, finding myself in a bathtub at my dad’s house, trying to die on New Year’s Eve.  Does it give me any insight into why I disappeared?  Unfortunately not.  It’s interesting though… 3:44 am, Tuesday December 27, 2005 A rant. The … Read More

jenniferlreimera rant before going into interzone, 2005