The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

In my opinion, this is my best yet 🙂 Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/the-stigma-of-co-occurring-disorders/   There is a great deal of stigma attached with both mental illnesses and addictions. That is one reason I talk about my experiences. So, others won’t feel alone, and, to put a face to these conditions. It is scary … Continue reading The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

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Coping 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

Feeling Exposed

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

What Did I Get Myself Into?

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?

Perpetual Patients

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

Breathe

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

‘High’ Anxiety

How I learned to cope with stress without alcohol I was at a SMART recovery meeting tonight. We were talking about how we deal with stress. I used to turn to the bottle to avoid uncomfortable emotions. Awkward social situations seemed easier. Anxiety didn’t feel as painful. But, as I mentioned in the meeting, I … Continue reading ‘High’ Anxiety