Detroit Tigers

Well, I don’t really have much to write about this week. The Tigers are playing the type of highly confusing baseball they have played all season. They have next to no chance of making the playoffs for the first time in a long time. And they just sold off a lot of superstar pieces.

We will start there. A lot of people are assuming that Cespedes and possibly Price will automatically come back and play for the Tigers next year. First, you rarely see that happen. Generally, the team that traded the player doesn’t even make a move at season’s end. I would like to see them go after Cespedes particularly, but I just don’t see it happening, unless he is willing to come back at a steep discount. And that leads me to the second point, free agents generally only have an allegiance to whomever pays them the most money or gives them the most years. Very rarely do players make decisions on where they want to play not based on those things. And finally, I don’t see any scenario where Price comes back to this team. If they were going to make a move for a pitcher I think they would have made that move for Scherzer last year, and they didn’t.

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Bipolar Thoughts

So it is open enrollment for insurance at my wife’s work.

My wife’s insurance has good coverage, especially for mental health (my last week long inpatient stay at the hospital, the psychiatric evaluation beforehand, and the following weeks of outpatient ECT only cost a few hundred dollars total. Not to mention that my therapist, who is LPC, not a PhD or MSW (that’s some inside jargon, but I don’t feel like explaining it, just Google), is fully covered for as many visits as I can fit into my schedule and my prescriptions are covered really well), but it is expensive for us.

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Bipolar Thoughts

Pretty much every therapist out there for pretty much any condition will tell you that an effective tool to managing your condition is writing in a journal. They will go on and on about the benefits of getting your thoughts down on paper, and catharsis, and something to use in therapy.

What they won’t tell you in that they have no idea why this is an effective tool in treating your disease.

You get to see your ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and try to match it up to the star positions and the lunar calendar I guess.

It can help you identify triggers. Write down a thing that made you feel bad and 15 days later when you don’t remember where this started; there it is in your journal. But just identifying your triggers doesn’t really do anything, in my experience. I get anxiety in large groups of people, I know it, I work on it constantly, but nothing is changing. Springtime puts me into a deep depression. I know this, I work on it, but same result every year.