VICTORIA MAXWELLBFA,BPP*

Mental Health Speaker, Actor, Writer

“Recovery shouldn’t be a possibility. It should be the expectation.” -Victoria Maxwell, Bi-Polar Princess

Blog

Oct 9 15

How the Hell Do I Get to Where I Want to Go?

This past Saturday I went to visit my Aunt. And I got lost. Really lost. For 2 hours. I actually wound up at the US/Canadian border (I kid you not) with my gas tank at empty knowing my Aunt had called the ambulance to take her to emergency. If we want to live our best life we need a good map, a clear destination and some friendly folks to help us along the way.

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Sep 25 15

How to Help Your Adult Child if They Have a Mental Illness

As parents of adult children living with mental illness you tell me how painful it is to see your son or daughter in anguish yet at the same time not accept help.

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Sep 3 15

How to Make Indecision Work for You & Anxiety Fall Away

How do you live comfortably with ambiguity so it doesn’t drive you into a panic attack or analysis paralysis? Make it official (the indecisiveness, not the panic attack). That is: choose to be indecisive.

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Aug 25 15

Bipolar Disorder and Making it into the Super Bowl

In football, recovery is measured in weeks or months, not years. This time around, it’s not my knee that’s had to recover, it’s my mind. And it’s taken me years and been far more difficult than making any NFL roster.

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Aug 3 15

Feelings are Not Facts

Sinister self-talk slithers in & with it unpleasant emotions. It’s the usual suspects (like the Seven Dwarves but meaner): useless, worthless, hopeless, clueless, shameful, guilty & unlovable. Recognize feelings for what they are: feelings, not facts. This creates a buffer zone between yourself & your belief in them. Just because you feel worthless, doesn’t mean you are.

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Jul 7 15

Not So Silently Through the Night

As a Canadian (privileged) white woman, I sheepishly admitted I only had a vague notion of what was meant by ‘the strong black woman’. Christie Neptune, artist & trailblazer explains the phrase comes from the ability to endure, overcome and live through extreme adversity. “I am forced to tuck away my feelings; my grief, my hurt, my pain for the sake of moving forward.”

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Jun 26 15

Celebrate Your Shame – it’s getting you healthy

I had some monumental shame attacks learning to accept my long history of therapies, treatments, shrinks and all that ‘stuff’. But all that ‘stuff’ – like my friend and her path, and you and yours – is bringing us to more awareness, self-compassion and wellness. So celebrating shame isn’t so crazy after all.

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Apr 24 15

The 6 Steps of Healing You Need to Know

Denial of an illness is the greatest barrier; acceptance, the greatest liberator. When we start, albeit slowly perhaps, to accept our illness, mental illness or otherwise, only then can healing begin. Often the longest leg and biggest barrier in the road to recovery is the journey to acceptance.

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Apr 21 15

How to Reset to Wellness

Denial of an illness is the greatest barrier; acceptance, the greatest liberator. When we start, albeit slowly perhaps, to accept our illness, mental illness or otherwise, only then can healing begin. Often the longest leg and biggest barrier in the road to recovery is the journey to acceptance.

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Apr 20 15

How to Reset to Wholeness

Denial of an illness is the greatest barrier; acceptance, the greatest liberator. When we start, albeit slowly perhaps, to accept our illness, mental illness or otherwise, only then can healing begin. Often the longest leg and biggest barrier in the road to recovery is the journey to acceptance.

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