I am not good at drawing, but I doodled a picture of how I feel. It is me with my hands on my ears with thoughts racing a million miles a minute. Yelling Stop in my head. But, to the world around me, I seem fine.
You have seen the articles. How to talk to a schizophrenic or how to deal with someone with borderline personality disorder as examples. I am not saying they do not have useful observations. After all, these are published by practitioners with much experience. Having contracts in a therapy relationship and firm boundaries is normal. Controlling … Continue reading How to Talk to a Person: my response to how to talk to people with X disorder
I recently watched the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why". If you haven't heard of it, it is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. I don't have a well-thought out analysis. It brings up many topics and I have no one to discuss them with. I have not read other writings on the series yet. … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why (thoughts)
Symbiosis When I read the word, my first thought was 'lichen', the part fungus, part algae that grows on rocks, i knew they were somehow interdependent. But, when I actually investigated (googled) I found the word means a relationship between organisms that live closely together. So yes lichen, but, much more. Dependence on each other … Continue reading Symbiosis- Daily Prompt
First published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/trusting-your-moods-with-schizoaffective-disorder/ I have a thought and mood disorder called schizoaffective disorder. It is similar to bipolar disorder, in that I have mood swings with periods of mania and depression. When I was treated for my first severe manic episode I was heavily sedated and slowly titrated down on the medications. When … Continue reading Trusting Your Moods With Schizoaffective Disorder
Originally published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/coping-with-my-mental-health-symptoms/ With schizoaffective disorder and social anxiety, I have a number of different types of symptoms to cope with. For me, psychotic symptoms can be the hardest to deal with. The first thing I turn to is medication. I have tried a few of the newer atypical anti-psychotics and fortunately, I … Continue reading Coping With Schizoaffective Disorder
I have social anxiety and used to barely interact with others. Enough to do my job, get my groceries, but not much more. I have slowly been building on that and as far as overcoming my anxiety- I think I have come a long way. I have been slowly disclosing information about myself to others. … Continue reading Feeling Exposed
I am blogging for Psych Central. I have published 2 posts so far. Shameless plug: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/ It is about schizoaffective disorder and alcoholism. I am supposed to write about 2 posts/week. Did I mention I am really insecure and worry a lot and am a bundle of nerves???? I am so afraid I am … Continue reading What Did I Get Myself Into?
I don't know if I do this. It is easier to recognize in others. Every bad day is depression, any agitation is mania. They tell you every morning how many hours they slept the night before. A friend was telling me much of what people think are mood swings have to do with distress tolerance … Continue reading Perpetual Patients
Not long ago, I volunteered at a state conference for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I was able to see a few speakers throughout the event. One lecture I went to was on schizophrenia. I was very interested since I have a thought disorder (schizoaffective disorder). The psychiatrist speaking was a good speaker, … Continue reading Breathe