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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Feeling Out of Joint, ways to cope, ways to recover

Fellow Mental Health Consumers, when I first started my website I was reading and continue to read on the subject.  One published article publish my Garth House talks about the "many things mental illness steal from us."  Please read it in its entirety.

Author: Garth House

There are so many things that mental illness steal from us: our friends, families, and lovers; our skills, talents, and interests; the simple passion for living; and sometimes the spirit of life and beauty itself. Then we are left an empty shell, spiritually, and emotionally dead yet caught in the devastating irony of still being among the living, with time truly "out of joint."

Many, many of us have known this terrible reality: how it "creeps in this petty pace from day to day until the syllable of recorded time." (Shakespeare, Macbeth).  In such a world, there is no weather. Nothing ever changes, nor is there any hope of anything ever changing. At times this is how it seems when we are caught in it. It is a world of gray, bleak twilight, and the ones who love us, no matter how compassionate they are and how much they care, simply cannot grasp or begin to taste the depth of our despair. 

When I read the above I accepted this, shared it with so many friend and family and now you all, almost like a disclosure as when I'm out and about, I'm often asked if I'm okay.

Am I okay, are we okay, for me I'm classic bipolar and for me I'd have to say no major complaints physically but mentally I do my best, seek therapy, adhere to my medication, read self help, and push myself almost daily to spiritually and emotionally stay alive, try to not be out of joint but to fit in.

Can any of my readers relate to what Garth House wrote, what's your take and what do you do to get through each day, to fit in?

Here are some helpful links that may help you get through each day, stay fit and do you best to fit in.

"How to cope day-to-day, Accept your feelings."

" Staying mentally fit requires the same approach you would take to keep any muscle fit: exercise! You can exercise your brain in a multitude of ways, including reading, doing crossword puzzles or logic puzzles and studying a new language.

"Do something to brighten the day of someone who’s mentally ill."

Sunday, August 5, 2012

What's what in your medicine cabinet?

Have you ever gotten stuck or found yourself staring into you medicine cabinet when it's time to take your prescription medications? I have and one day  came up with separating my medications using black tape and also colored dots.
On the left are the culprits as to why I need this system, they are psychotropic medicines for the brain, they make you happy when sad, sleep when wide awake, cope with anxiety when everything you are trying so hard to hold together needs help, okay so these are the good guys if you are living with mental illness.

The dots, well count them all nine and those are just the medicines for each illness, I left out the medicines that are for the side effects of some of those medicines and also the OTC vitamins, heart regiment aspirin etc. those are on another shelf and bottles are all not white.

All not white, that's the other reason for the colored dots, between the OTC and the prescribed pills four are all white, so in addition to the black tape and the colored dots I use a pill box to help me better adhere to my daily cocktails.

Lastly in the morning when I wake up I leave the kitchen counter light on to remind myself to take my morning medications and look at the time as I need to take some again every twelve hours.

I hope my system helps you when you get to that day when you start to stare at them. Those days when you walk into the pantry and stare at those shelves and say what did I come in here for.

What are you tricks, what you do so you don't forget to take your medications or worse take them twice because you forgot if you took them in the first place.