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Living With Bipolar Disorder

Disclaimer: This is 2-3 times longer than my usual posts. I had thought about breaking it up in two, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I had heard of Bipolar and Manic/Depression; I learned about it in school but never put two and two together.

I was pregnant in 2009 with baby #3 when my brother handed me a school paper he was very proud of. A research paper on Bipolar Disorder. As I read the list of symptoms I felt strongly that he was trying to send me a message. Was he trying to tell me that I fit the description of this paper perfectly? And that I was bipolar? more…

Winning Contest Entry: Morti of Lothar

Second place in my Positive WoW Stories contest actually came down to a tie! Today’s entry comes from Morti, who came into the game kicking and screaming after being concerned it would consume too much of her time. A pretty valid fear for someone with as much on her plate as Morti, but she discovered a way to balance WoW around a full-time job and grad school while learning firsthand just how loving and supportive a virtual family could be. more…

My Unspectacular Sixth Meme Submission

If you’ve kept up with the WoW blogosphere at all over the past few days I’m sure you’ve noticed the madness that Gnomeaggedon started on his post titled “Sixth…” As much as I was hoping I’d be able to linger out here in my little corner of obscurity, I was recently tagged by Kaelynn from Shades of Kae and apparently also tagged two days ago by Euphyley of WoW Rare Spawns, a fact I only realized thanks to Navimie’s hot mess of a flowchart.

So I figured I’d bite the bullet and participate. Just in case you’re not familiar, the rules are as follows: more…

Winning Contest Entry: Zerena Hoofs

Sometimes you can get so caught up in remembering the negative that you forget to even mention the positive. We do that with World of Warcraft, too. You’ve seen my blog posts on how excessive gaming (and a whole slew of other problems, I definitely can’t stress that enough!) buried me so deep in the hole I’d dug for myself that I thought I’d never get out.

If World of Warcraft wasn’t an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, however, I wouldn’t keep playing it, and I sure as hell wouldn’t be blogging about it!

So a few weeks ago I asked you guys to share your positive WoW stories with me. Specifically, stories that answered the question: “How has WoW affected your life in a positive way?” The responses I received were amazing. While each story brought me a smile and a renewed hope in the positive energy of the gaming community, one left me with that “feel-good” warm fuzziness from start to finish. more…

Balancing WoW and Real Life: Understanding the Psychology of Addiction

I’m on a quest for balance. Specifically: Balancing WoW and family life. I don’t spit out words that my actions can’t cash. So if I say that my family and my kids are important to me, then I damn well better make them a priority over my games. I lost my baby girl to a rare disease and if there’s one lesson I’ve learned, it is to make each moment count.

I find myself playing the game less and less these days, but it has taken me years to get to this point. One thing that brought some understanding was to know the psychology of addiction and the mechanics of how the game takes its hold over me. An article on helped to open my eyes and I want to help others bring that balance to he lives of others too, but first allow me to explain that psychology of addiction. more…

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