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30 MIAC: Day 18 Round Up/Results

7 Mar

So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my eighteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

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Day 18:  What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy who .states “mental illness does not define who a person is, they are so much more than the labels that have been applied to them.”

From Remember to Breathe, Lauren makes a list of things she wish people would understand including: “My parents aren’t responsible for my OCD, I’m an adult with feelings – treat me with respect, and Just because I have OCD doesn’t mean that I wash my hands 100x per day”  Which all battle common stereotypes of mental illness and OCD also.

And my answers which I say “that doesn’t mean I fit into a typical or predetermined box of what my mental illnesses should look like.  Or even what mental illness in general should look like.  Get to know me as a person and as you do, you will see how my mental illnesses manifest in me”

From Second Chances, Christine writes “It would be much better if people understood that the mentally ill can often (and do often) function just fine in society and you wouldn’t ever know they were sick unless you were told.” that mental illness can be successfully treated and those with it are often quite productive.

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder says .people are not possessed by an evil spirit, everyone isn’t a bit bipolar, she also explains some common misconceptions associated with specific illnesses such as “All Borderline’s are not obsessive stalkers (Fatal Attraction)”

From That’s Crazy who focuses on what she wishes the Canadian government would understand opening up with: “Dear Canadian Government: I wish you wouldn’t call me “Permanently Mentally Disabled”. I don’t think you realize how damning these words can be for someone with a mental illness.”

From Pride in Madness who wishes people wouldn’t make such a big deal about mental illness, not that it’s not important, just that people wouldn’t treat you different for it.

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

30 MIAC: Day 17 Round Up Results

2 Mar

So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my seventeenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

Day 17: If you could get rid of your mental illness(es) would you?  Why or why not?

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy who explains that he would get rid of the social anxiety and PTSD, but the bipolar “Regardless of the pain, devastation, confusion and chaos that bipolar has inflicted on my life, it is still a part of who I am, and I part of it. We are one, my bipolar and I. Removing it would be like removing my eyes, my hands, my fingers or toes. It would be like erasing memories from my mind, eradicating my passions or expunging my innate playful kinkiness. I would still be breathing, still be walking and roaming the earth a living human being, but I wouldn’t be me.” It is common to wish some illnesses or symptoms away but others seeing as a part of who you are.

From Remember to Breathe, Lauren says “I think it’s one of those bittersweet situations. I love some of the characteristics of my OCD, but I hate others. But I think it’s possible to be rid of the anxiety and fear, but keep the good aspects. And that’s what I’m working on.”

And my answers which I say “I guess I would say that I would like to get rid of certain symptoms for sure, not sure how I would feel about never having the illnesses in the first place or just being magically “cured” now.” It’s again a representation of the mixed feeling of it being so much a part of who I am and made me who I am today but also the negative impact.

From Second Chances, Christine writes “I would ABSOLUTELY get rid of feeling depressed and anxious and make it so I would be able to stop taking anti-depressants in a heartbeat.”

From Fashion Anxious who says “In short my answer is Yes. In a heartbeat, without a second thought.”

From Beyond Normal who eloquently states: “To give a concrete answer, if I could get rid of my illness, I would. But then again, I cannot. I just have to make the best out of it.”

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder says “Of course I would. My condition, as I prefer to call it, has affected every single aspect of my life and it has always disrupted it.” she goes on to say that the empathetic and hyper sensitivity many experience with Borderline Personality Disorder as being too much for her and often being a trigger.

From That’s Crazy who appropriately titles this post “Oh is it ever complicated” and states “Without battling Depression and Anxiety I would be missing my personal sense of strength, my extreme introspective abilities, and my pure compassion for others. As I have come to realize that these are some of my greatest strengths, I have to succumb to answer I would rather not admit: no, I would not get rid of my mental illnesses.”

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

Also from Surviving by Living who has conversion disorder and depression and answered prompts 15-18 in one comprehensive post.

30MIAC Day 15: Round Up/Results

28 Jan

For the Zero to Hero Challenge day 23 is about publishing a round up. I will be publishing a round up of people who have participated in my 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge.  Feel free to join the challenge at any time or check out the bloggers below who have participated in prompts.

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So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my fifteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

Day 15: How has your life been effected by your illness(es)? (Some ideas are: relationships, career, school)

From Pieces of Me, Gypsy says: “I could sit here and imagine that if my life werent affected by mental illness, that I may have went to college, or maybe Id have some big career, shit maybe Id be singing in a band like Ive always dreamed of.  I dont see the point in that, other than to make me hate myself.”  Which is a very good point, sometimes when the effects have been nagative it doesn’t help to think what could have been.

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy breaks the prompt down into three diagnoses: Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and Social Anxiety.  He mentions Bipolar being the “big illness” but probably having the least impact on his life.  He talks about PTSD and the traumatic experiences feed into his anxiety making it even worse.  He then talks about the Social Anxiety which has been catastrophic in his life impacting everything from commenting on blogs to forming social relationships.

From Remember to Breathe which talks about how her OCD has effected every area of her life and now realizing that and building it back up.

And my answers which break into life events that are effected: relationships with peers/social life, relationships with family, relationships with co-workers, career/job, school and day to day life.  I try to include some positives and negatives, example “When I am depressed I don’t want to be around anyone and frankly most people probably wouldn’t want to be around me.  I have social anxiety plus fears of rejection/abandonment that make it real hard to make new friendships and socialize.  I’m also super shy and tend to be embarrassed easily which isn’t good for social situations.  However, the friends that I do have are the greatest people in the world.  They understand that sometimes I can’t be at events and they don’t let me fall off the face of the planet (though I’d like to some times.)  They are sympathetic and some are not uncomfortable talking about how life really is for me.”

From Second Chances who talks about how her life has been influenced now that she is aware of her anxiety and depression, for example knowing not to trust that racing heart and to try and calm herself.  Also about developing stubborness and resilience to fight the mental illness.

From Fashion Anxious who talks about how her anxiety started really effecting her when she started looking for work and working, and gives examples such as telling trainers  ‘an upset stomach’, in order to go home early because of anxiety.

From Beyond Normal “A great teacher once said that bipolar is like diabetes. It affects everything. So if you are an expert on diabetes, then you would understand the human anatomy. When you understand bipolar, then you would understand basically everything about the human mind. The point I’m trying to get across is this: Having bipolar or maybe even any other mental illness, affects every single thing in your life. It affects your physical appearance, perception, relationships, education, memory, and other people too. ”  She goes on to explain each category like impulsively cutting her hair influencing her appearance and nearly not graduating high school which would fall under education.

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder which talks about negative impacts on jobs, relationships, and friends.  About jumping from one thing to another.  Regrets about not being married or having many social friendships.

From That’s Crazy who talks about living with Depression and Anxiety for most of her life so they often have a front seat, although with time their influence has been smaller.

From Battling The Demons Within which talks about how right now her illness is her life, not being dependable enough to work or go to school because of inpatient stays but states at the end that “Eventually, once I get more stable, I will consider looking for a relationship, but now just isn’t the time for that, in my opinion.”

From Confessions of a Crafty Sinner who talks about her relationships being effected and her mindset whether through accepting things she normally wouldn’t or doubting and thinking the worse.

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also from Surviving by Living who has conversion disorder and depression and answered prompts 15-18 in one comprehensive post.

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge: Day 29 Goals

28 Jan

Day 22 of the Zero to Hero Challenge… is to participate in another blogging event.  I started hosting this blog challenge/event in October of 2013 but because of symptoms still haven’t finished it.  Here is the information on it:

I decided to start this challenge first of all to help my readers learn more things specifically related to my mental illnesses.  My fellow bloggers are welcome to participate in any or all of the challenge prompts.  I will do a post within about 3 days of the prompt and my response to link to people who participate, please pingback/link to this post or tag 30MIAC.  If you chose to do the prompts later, don’t find the challenge till later, or life happens and you don’t get a prompt answered within the 3 days no worries, if you pingback to this post I will add you to the post that has the links to that prompt.  I will be starting to post my responses to the prompts in October, I am just posting this now so people can brainstorm and spread the word.  You can also start at anytime.  I hope this will raise some awareness and give you insight to mental illness. The master list of prompts is here.   Here is the image to go with the challenge:

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Day 29: What are a few of your goals regarding your mental health.

  • Become more independent (long term), moving out to family friend’s house (shorter term).
  • To stop self harming (currently at 14 months) and develop and constantly employ healthier coping skills.
  • Less relapses and less acute episodes.  Especially regarding depression and psychosis.
  • A better stable base state, that lasts longer.
  • Supportive relationships, mostly in friendships.
  • Working on intimacy issues, online dating (short term).
  • Be physically healthier, more balanced diet and some exercise.  Yes, physical health does impact mental health.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge: Day 28

14 Jan

I decided to start this challenge first of all to help my readers learn more things specifically related to my mental illnesses.  My fellow bloggers are welcome to participate in any or all of the challenge prompts.  I will do a post within about 3 days of the prompt and my response to link to people who participate, please pingback/link to this post or tag 30MIAC.  If you chose to do the prompts later, don’t find the challenge till later, or life happens and you don’t get a prompt answered within the 3 days no worries, if you pingback to this post I will add you to the post that has the links to that prompt.  I will be starting to post my responses to the prompts in October, I am just posting this now so people can brainstorm and spread the word.  You can also start at anytime.  I hope this will raise some awareness and give you insight to mental illness. The master list of prompts is here.   Here is the image to go with the challenge:

MIA challenge

Day 28: Explain a “bad” day.

Today was a bad day so I will just document the day.

5am Wake up and stumble into the bathroom to take a bath with my iPad (I usually read in the bath tub.)

5:30am Can’t really concentrate, decide to get out of the bath without washing my hair and go lay down.  Put back on dirty clothes.

Somewhere around 8am Get up again, take am Pills, go back into the bath with iPad.  Look at Facebook real quick and Zite my news app and decide I just want to go to bed.   Self harm urges are bad, turning more into suicidal ideation.  I use a nail file on my stomach to try to stop the feelings, it just creates a red line that fades in 30 mins. Again never washed my hair and putt back on dirty clothes.

Around 10am get out of bath, write quick post to update you guys, take extra 100mg Seroquel to go to sleep and get past these feelings.

between 10am-5pm spend almost all the time in bed, whether sleeping or just laying there. Took mid day meds.  Considering whether going to talk case manager about this, whether i need to be or will be hospitalized, feel like I have an obligation Thursday night because I am suppose to bring something for group.  Maybe I’ll admit myself on Friday.  Throughout this time, I randomly get up and eat some ice cream.  My dad asks me about something and says i’m not doing well today or yesterday (I was surprised he acknowledged this)

5pm get up out of bed, go into kitchen to get some water, dad wants to know if I want to eat.  I go get in bath again and this time wash my hair and change clothes.  I figure I need to eat something some what healthy as all I’ve had is ice cream and medication all day.  Me and dad go to dinner.  Shortly after arriving at the restaurant, voices get bad as well as suicidal ideation (self harm doesn’t seem like enough anymore.)  I read the Splenda and Equal sugar packets while spelling out the writing (all in my head) to try and distract myself.  Have a couple visual flash hallucinations, graphic won’t describe.  Think about how I protect myself from myself.  Think about quiet room/seclusion room in hospital.

7pm get home from restaurant.  Immediately put in earphones to help fight voices.  Take night pills, thinking I’ll add more Seroquel later if needed.  Half ass check my e-mail.  Decide to write this post, while I have a little bit of motivation/clarity to do so.  Think about how people say self harming comes in urges and that if you wait like 3-10 minutes it will go away.  It’s been about a day and a half, self-harm doesn’t seem like enough now.  I need to die and deserve to die.

7:30pm meds are kicking in, will go to bed with earphones in just in case i need to, extra protection doesn’t hurt right.  Just because the thoughts are there (suicidal or self harm) doesn’t mean I will necessarily act on it, I don’t want you all to worry but just see what life is like.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge: Day 27

9 Jan

I decided to start this challenge first of all to help my readers learn more things specifically related to my mental illnesses.  My fellow bloggers are welcome to participate in any or all of the challenge prompts.  I will do a post within about 3 days of the prompt and my response to link to people who participate, please pingback/link to this post or tag 30MIAC.  If you chose to do the prompts later, don’t find the challenge till later, or life happens and you don’t get a prompt answered within the 3 days no worries, if you pingback to this post I will add you to the post that has the links to that prompt.  I will be starting to post my responses to the prompts in October, I am just posting this now so people can brainstorm and spread the word.  You can also start at anytime.  I hope this will raise some awareness and give you insight to mental illness. The master list of prompts is here.   Here is the image to go with the challenge:

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Day 27: Explain a “good” day

Yesterday was a good day so I will do that:

I woke up at around 7am, which wasn’t ridiculously early like sometimes, and had a good night’s sleep.

I got on the computer to check my e-mail, which I pretty much do every morning and looked at my to do list.

I starred a couple things I wanted to get accomplished today.

I went to take a bath and lay in there and read, check facebook, and check Zite which is a personalized news app.

I went back to my e-mail and responded to comments and looked at bloggers who had liked my posts or subscribed and saw if I wanted to follow their blogs.

I made the Schizoaffective Disorder Infographic, which took quite a bit of time.  Then linked it to my site for the zero to hero challenge.

I now had a bit of a headache from looking at the computer for so long, so I decided to go out and go shopping for some errands.  The neighbor kid’s birthday is Friday so I went to get him a couple gifts.  I needed a comforter and back pillows for my new room at family friend’s house and an HDMI converter and cable cord to hook up my new smart DVD player so I can watch the rest of Orange is the New Black.

I had a Jamba Juice and tostada from Taco Bell, I’m trying to eat more regularly and healthy and Jamba Juice has like 5 servings of fruit.

I came home and looked at my Smash stuff I bought and worked on my Smash Journal a while.

I was really was happy and motivated by some of the comments on my recent blog posts and follows.

I wrote my Blog for Mental Health 2014.

While on Facebook I saw high school friends said she needed a drink.  We texted each other and ended up going to my favorite restaurant for a drink and some cheese and chocolate fondue.  And chatted and socialized.

I cam home and read some of Wintersmith by Terry Ptachett that I’ve been reading.

I went to bed around 11pm, had a while falling asleep, but that’s usual.

**Some of the things “Good days” include getting out of the house, working on hobbies, sometimes social events but not overwhelming, good sleep, and positive feedback**

30MIAC Day 14 Round Up/Results

31 Dec

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So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my fourteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

Day 14: Have you ever experienced stigma?

From Pieces of Me who states: “Of course I have.  If you live with mental illness, even if you havent personally experienced stigma, you still have.  Our society is rife with the stuff.”

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was which includes a common misconception that men do not experience abuse that has related to a lot of the stigma that he has received.

From Remember to Breathe while says she has never been discriminated against in an area like work she has had to deal with ignorant people and their comments.

And my answers which includes links to prior posts about stigma.  Whether how we stigmatize ourselves, if it is related to specific diagnoses or just my personal experience with stigma.

From Second Chances which gives the formal definition for stigma and tells an unfortunate story of being stigmatized by a staff member in an inpatient facility.

From Fashion Anxious who combined posts 13 and 14, she talks about she hasn’t experienced any stigma.

From Beyond Normal a great quote on how other people’s perceptions can effect us: “I find that the most common belief about bipolar disorder is that individuals affected with it are crazy. I have been thought to be crazy. This one particular person told me herself. The next day, I didn’t go to school. Or the next day. Nor the next day. I was confused. And I was ashamed. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I didn’t know what was wrong. I didn’t know how to fix it. All I knew was that if I could just wait for a week or two, I would be happy again.”

From Battling The Demons Within which talks about the benefit that mental illnesses are invisible but mostly effect the relationships like family, friends, lovers, etc…

From That’s Crazy who talks about how the majority of the stigma is negative and how that has been portrayed and built up by the media.

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder who has Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder and answered prompts 9-14 in a comprehensive post.

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

Also Surviving by Living who has depression and conversion disorder and answered prompt 12-14 in a comprehensive post.

30MIAC Day 13: Round Up and Results

31 Dec

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So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my thirteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

Day 13: If you know the criteria of your illness(es) which ones do you think you meet? Or what are your most common symptoms?

From Pieces of Me who splits prompt 13 into three posts, part 1 with personality disorders, part 2 with anxiety disorders and eating disorders, and part 3 with Emetophobia.

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was which includes the answers to prompt 12 & 13.  He talks about the problems of diagnosis and getting treatment, which means that depending on what you are diagnosed with usually depends on the treatment you get.

From Remember to Breathe which includes specific obsessions and compulsions that she has.

And my answers which includes each of my diagnoses their criteria and the criteria I meet in red and bolded font.

From Second Chances which gives a quick review of depression and anxiety disorders.

From Fashion Anxious who combined posts 13 and 14, she talks about some symptoms she experiences such as: impatience, feeling on edge, and feelings of dread

From Battling the Demons Within which contains the diagnoses of different mental illnesses with criteria that applies to her in italics.

From That’s Crazy who creatively calls her post “On a Scale of One to Crazy” she talks about how with some of her diagnosis she feels she meets the cookie cutter stereotypes and others are a more unorthodox shape.  I like how she refers to shapes.

From Pride in Madness who talks about the DSM criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder and puts in pink the symptoms she relates to, she also mentions the severity depends on context and that anger would be her biggest issue.

From Voices of Glass who shows a symptoms map he has made in response to day seven of the mental illness challenge, most those symptoms relate to his main diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder who has Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder and answered prompts 9-14 in a comprehensive post.

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

Also Surviving by Living who has depression and conversion disorder and answered prompt 12-14 in a comprehensive post.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge: Day 25

30 Dec

I decided to start this challenge first of all to help my readers learn more things specifically related to my mental illnesses.  My fellow bloggers are welcome to participate in any or all of the challenge prompts.  I will do a post within about 3 days of the prompt and my response to link to people who participate, please pingback/link to this post or tag 30MIAC.  If you chose to do the prompts later, don’t find the challenge till later, or life happens and you don’t get a prompt answered within the 3 days no worries, if you pingback to this post I will add you to the post that has the links to that prompt.  I will be starting to post my responses to the prompts in October, I am just posting this now so people can brainstorm and spread the word.  You can also start at anytime.  I hope this will raise some awareness and give you insight to mental illness. The master list of prompts is here.   Here is the image to go with the challenge:

MIA challenge

 

Day 25: What is your opinion on forced/coercion in mental health treatment? Can be legal (law enforcement or psychiatric holds) or a “helping” friend/family member.

I have never really been held against my will in a psychiatric hospital.  I almost always have one of my mental health professionals put me on a 3 day hold, otherwise when I get to the hospital, if I want to go home I will just lie to get out of there.  I do have my dad who thinks he has a right to make medication decisions for me and it annoys the hell out of me.  He use to go to all my psychiatrist appointments and all.  I’m glad I have gotten away from that.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge: Day 24

28 Dec

I decided to start this challenge first of all to help my readers learn more things specifically related to my mental illnesses.  My fellow bloggers are welcome to participate in any or all of the challenge prompts.  I will do a post within about 3 days of the prompt and my response to link to people who participate, please pingback/link to this post or tag 30MIAC.  If you chose to do the prompts later, don’t find the challenge till later, or life happens and you don’t get a prompt answered within the 3 days no worries, if you pingback to this post I will add you to the post that has the links to that prompt.  I will be starting to post my responses to the prompts in October, I am just posting this now so people can brainstorm and spread the word.  You can also start at anytime.  I hope this will raise some awareness and give you insight to mental illness. The master list of prompts is here.   Here is the image to go with the challenge:

MIA challenge

 

Day 24: What is your opinion on alternative treatments or treatments that aren’t commonly used? (Some examples are: EMDR, hypnotherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, art, music, or recreational therapy, ECT, VNS, TMS, DBS)

As someone who has been suffering from mental illness for a log time I have tried a lot of different treatments.  Mostly out of desperation when you feel so bad you are willing to try anything and everything that could possible make you feel better.

I have done EMDR, taken vitamins/supplements, acupuncture, art and recreational therapy (when hospitalized), ECT, and VNS Therapy.  I have a section of pages under Different Treatment Options on the menu where you can see a brief explanation of the treatment what the pros and cons are and how it worked for me.  The links here will bring you to different treatment options I have already written on.