Struggles, Stories, and Other Things

Care and Expectations 

Hi Everyone!

I want to start off by saying that some of the things I'm going to talk about this post may be offensive to some people, and some of it may make some people angry. That is not, in any way, my intent. To me, a large part of having a healthy conversation regarding mental health is having uncomfortable conversations as to what mental health care means to you, and what it means to me. Those two things can often be very different, though equally important in my opinion. In addition to all of that…

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Update from Amanda 

Just want to drop in and update you all. 

I have been in therapy for three weeks. I am doing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which deals with thought patterns; breaking unhealthy ones and relearning healthy ones. 

I am also starting medication in conjunction with therapy. 

To be honest I was hesitant to start medication. I’m not ashamed to be medicated, and fully support people who choose to use medicine to stay healthy. But, part of my anxiety is a very intense thought pattern that tends to lean towards…

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Guilt and Forgiveness 

I was reading Amanda's post yesterday and it got me thinking about how we deal with guilt and forgiveness in relation to our emotional and mental health. 

Depression is an odd animal. It can stem from how your brain releases chemicals, events in our lives, or any number of combination of factors. 

With my bipolar disorder, I tend to fall into the first category, with my depressive cycles being random and usually triggerless (is "triggerless" even a word? If it's not, then it is now. :) ). Amanda's tends…

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august 1, 2018 

So I started going to therapy this week. 

It was time to face my anxiety and depression head-on and get a treatment plan together. 

I’ve been trying to take care of myself and eat well, practice yoga, get plenty of rest, take my supplements that are helpful with anxiety, etc. But the depression has gotten to a severity that basically takes every ounce of energy I have to peel myself out of bed, shower, and get to work on time. 

I still love my job, but even though working gives me some pleasure and I am…

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