The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: Exhaustion Edition

How was your week? I genuinely want to know!

Hello! Welcome to the Bipolar Parent’s Saturday morning mental health check in.

How has your week been? Have you been spending time on your self-care or has that fallen by the wayside? How have you been sleeping? Hopefully well! Have you been able to adjust back to your daily routines from the holidays, or has that just been a mess? Let me know in the comments!

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My Week

I’ve been facing some depression and exhaustion this week.

I missed my meds on Tuesday morning, which is my Wellbutrin, an antidepressant. I took half a dose in the afternoon, but because it shares a pathway in my brain with caffeine, it kept me awake at night. Unable to sleep on Tuesday, I took a sleep aid, which left me groggy and tired all day Wednesday, even after a nap when my toddler was at preschool.

But mostly, I’ve been having a hard time adjusting from Phoenix’s sun to Washington’s overcast skies, cold weather, and 100% humidity.

I just haven’t been able to get myself going this week. We arrived home last Saturday and I didn’t unpack until Friday night. My multivitamin, vitamin D, and iron supplements that I normally take every day were stuck in my suitcase for a week, which I’m sure has been affecting my mood.

All of this has left me worn out and down this week. I’m hoping next week will be better. I’ve unpacked, so that’s a start. But here’s hoping that I’ll adjust to my daily routines again–and soon.

Thanks for listening!

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Author: Cassandra Stout

Hi! My name is Cassandra Stout, and I am a freelancer and memoirist who blogs at The Bipolar Parent ( and at the International Bipolar Foundation ( My current project is Committed, my upcoming memoir that depicts my time spent in a psych ward after a postpartum psychotic breakdown. I am a ten-year member of a five-person critique group called the Seattle Scribblers. It's nice to meet you!

2 thoughts on “The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: Exhaustion Edition”

  1. Pardon my potty mouth, but shit, that sucks! 💩

    I can relate to this “Exhaustion Edition” SO much. My week has been extra-exhausted, too. (I admit that the witty subheader “Exhaustion Edition” also made me smile.)

    Anyway, at least you know that doing certain essential things (i.e. not missing meds, taking the iron & D3 instead of letting them fester in the suitcase, etc.) will surely help you, and I hope you feel back on track asap, sweet Cass!

    1. Haha, I’m glad the subheader made you smile, Dyane! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a supportive comment.

      I took my supplements last night, and I’m already feeling much, much better. But I donated blood today, so I’m still exhausted! It’s just not as all-consuming.

      I’m so sorry your week has been extra-exhausted. That sucks. I hope that you will feel better soon! Hopefully it’s just a matter of correcting missing nutrients. Thanks again.


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