Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is Dysthymia - Persistent Depressive Disorder

This is what I was diagnosed with.
Dysthymia, also called neurotic depression,[1] dysthymic disorder, or chronic depression, is a mood disorder consisting of the same cognitive and physical problems as in depression, with less severe but longer-lasting symptoms.[2][3] The concept was coined by Robert Spitzer as a replacement for the term "depressive personality" in the late 1970s.[4]
According to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published in 1994 (DSM-IV), dysthymia is a serious state of chronic depression, which persists for at least two years (one year for children and adolescents). Dysthymia is less acuteand severe than major depressive disorder.[5] As dysthymia is a chronic disorder, sufferers may experience symptoms for many years before it is diagnosed, if diagnosis occurs at all. As a result, they may believe that depression is a part of their character, so they may not even discuss their symptoms with doctors, family members, or friends.
Dysthymia often co-occurs with other mental disorders. A "double depression" is the occurrence of episodes of major depression in addition to dysthymia. Switching between periods of dysthymic moods and periods of hypomanic moods is indicative of cyclothymia, which is a mild variant of bipolar disorder.
In the DSM-5, dysthymia is replaced by persistent depressive disorder (PDD).[6] This new condition includes both chronic major depressive disorder and the previous dysthymic disorder. The reason for this change is that there was no evidence for meaningful differences between these two conditions.[7] The term is from Ancient Greek δυσθυμία meaning bad state of mind. ....

Since I began my memoir, I have not been afraid to admit to others that I have this condition or that I have been on medication for it.  And I'm glad to see others who aren't ashamed to admit or talk about such things. It took me a long time to come to terms with my depression and to receive help, but I'm glad I have done so. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Still Re-Writing and Revising


Yes, it's all part of the process.  One of the things that you can do over. We don't get a lot of do-overs in life, but writing is one that can and must be done ever and over till we decide it's just right.  I'm still doing this for my memoir and for my new story, and I've only got six pages on that one as of yet.  It's kind of hard going back and forth between the two, but I'm doing what I can. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

How Do You Name Your Characters?

I agree with this somewhat. But I must admit I did have trouble coming up with names for my story. I did not want to use real names to avoid possible legal issues later, should getting published became reality. 

Sometimes I wonder why I chose some names I find myself using--something I'm wondering about the character for the new story I have begun. When coming up with fake names for the people mentioned in my memoir, I thought the same thing. I have some I really like, such as Bob and Tina. But I knew I could not use those names all the time (but did use each one once). I'm trying to avoid using the same name more than once unless it's absolutely necessary to the story. Just to avoid confusion.

I often wonder how all the greatest authors came up with their character names. Those who are currently writing--how do you come up with names?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Getting Anxious...

... as to how much more I can and want to write and add to my memoir. I want to find others who know about writing books, but I know very few such people.  No writers groups exist near me; just a few that are 50 miles away. I've asked online, but want some in-person advice as well. I'm trying to decide how much longer I feel I need to make it. I know that's something only I can determine, but I'd like to know how long others spent doing their books.

I'm sure I've said all this in earlier posts, but I really want to know all this.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day and Friendship Day

Last Friday at work we had what my boss called Friendship Day so as not to exclude those without a "Sweetheart." I think this is good idea.  It was quite a fun day with games, crafts and food. 

Valentine Candy Hearts

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Feminist Reading Challenge

The blog Femvidual will be hosting a Feminist Reading Challenge, with the choice of either Levels or a Bingo card. I'll be choosing the first level, but based on how many of the books I read last year, I'll probably read more than that. I knowI've already read some books that fit the challenge.

The Feminist Reading Challenge is back and fashionably late for 2017! This reading challenge focuses on reading nonfiction and fiction that is about feminism, sexism, and gender.

I've added some fun new challenges to the 2017 version including levels and even a feminist reading Bingo card. The Bingo card will be optional but I do want you to choose a level which are based on female superheroes. 

The Levels are:

Batgirl 1 - 4 books read
Catwoman 5 - 9 books read
Poison Ivy 10 - 14 books
Harley Quinn 15 - 19 books
Storm 20 - 24 books
Supergirl 25 - 29 books
Wonder Woman 30+ books

My books:

  1. City of Women--David R. Gilliam
  2. Pink--Lili Wilkinson
  3. The Sky is Everywhere--Jandy Nelson
  4. One Thousand White Women--Jim Fergus
  5. Hope--Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus
  6. Lady Susan--Jane Austen
  7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before--Jenny Han
  8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--Rebecca Skloot
  9. Quicksand--Nella Larsen
  10. Are You My Mother--Alison Bechtel
  11. The Blacker the Berry--Wallace Thurman
  12. Bitch--Elizabeth Wurtzel