My mother might be going into the hospital because they think her feeling bad is psychosomatic. This is literally what I have to look forward to in life. My mom was diagnosed as manic-depressive when I was twelve; we all know that means Bipolar Disorder now. My mother is fucking crazy, y’all. She once made me try to cut my father with a knife. She hates me and well frankly everyone.
Please I pray…to not be like her. Please tell me that I am okay in my brain, that my mind will always be better than that.
This is a lot like I get right before I swing way down into a black abyss of depression. No emotion, no mania, no depression, just nothing. I call it my gray area of Bipolar Disorder. It sucks bat brains.
Howdy. My post is quite late, I know. I’ve been trying all week to get my supposed Psychiatrist (whom I have yet to even meet) to fill my prescriptions. Finally today right before the pharmacy closed, I was able to get them to call them in. It should not take almost two weeks to get this done. And now Monday I have to start intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse, I have no clue what this entails because no one will answer my questions. I’m just told “If you don’t do it then you don’t see the doctor or get your meds, so it doesn’t matter what it entails.” Hell I haven’t even met my doctor yet!!!! Yup, this is the public mental health help that is available in my state. Quite honestly I’m almost to the point that I may just pay out-of-pocket to see a doctor and get actual help. I’m sick of being talked down to and feeling degraded just because I have a mental health issue and am alcoholic. It took a lot for me not to scream into the phone “FUCK YOU!” at the woman today, it took a whole damn lot.
See I have to go get my medications today, which by the way I have no clue how I was able to talk the Psychiatrist I was seeing at the hospital I just got out of into refilling them but hey whatever works in life at this point in time. He probably refilled them because I can’t just stop taking the damn things now that I’ve been on them for this long and doesn’t want a medical law suit, like I could afford a lawyer at this time in life. Anyway, back to going to get my medications. That means I have to get a ride and travel 45 minutes one way in a car and then back. I have panic attacks in cars, every single time. It sucks bat brains. I’ve been anxious all morning and have pretty much worked myself into a frenzy about having to go do this. Sigh. I’m sick of worrying. I’m sick of anxiety. I’m sick of disorders to which there are no cures. I’m sick of being sick. I’m sick of having something wrong with me and I just know so is everyone else around me. Most likely they’re not but that’s the irrational thought process of my anxiety disorder.
Nathan Feiles who writes a blog over at PsychCentral put together a list of 12 Things to do to Get Us Motivated When Depressed; maybe doing those things can help relieve depression or even jolt us out of it.
Here’s an excerpt:
Obviously, actively doing anything doesn’t sound so desirable when feeling depressed, let alone confronting our depressive urges head-on. While it’s important to give depressive symptoms their attention and get to understand and learn about what’s underlying the depressive episode, the concept of “mind over matter” can help create motivation when depressed. I have seen evidence with many people that creating a change in mindset with small, manageable, behavioral steps can change a whole experience of depression. For some it’s brought their symptoms entirely into remission. This doesn’t replace taking the steps to learn more about what’s causing the episodes, but these steps can help us move on with our lives while we continue to work on the underlying issues.
Now my question for all of you is, how do you feel about the ‘mind over matter’ saying when it comes to mental illness? I feel like while it’s positive to get yourself doing something, it makes our illnesses seem like we should just get over it and live life and quite simply it’s not that simple. I do want to add though that everything that Nathan suggests in this article should be at least tried 3 times, seriously. We do need to try something when nothing else seems to be working. Now your turn, weigh in.