Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter B is For Bipolar Disorder


Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

B stands for Bipolar Disorder.

The below definition for Bipolar Disorder was taken from Wikipedia. To read more click here:

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood.[3][4][6] The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present.[3] During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable.[3] Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences.[4] The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases.[4] During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others.[3] The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent.[3] Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated with bipolar disorder.[3]

 

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I suffered from my early childhood years on, with it getting worse as I matured. We didn’t know what was wrong with me as a child and in the 1950’s they didn’t talk about mental illness. During my manic times I would not sleep at all and this could last for months on end. I didn’t need it. I was full of energy. Once the depressive part took over I was constantly tired and didn’t want to get out of bed or do anything. It was a crazy life, but I simply knew nothing else.

As an adult I didn’t cycle quite as often. I didn’t go for months with no sleep. It actually seemed better except the depression became more enhanced. The mania slowed down. It seemed calmer in my 20’s and 30’s, but then in my late 30’s I had my first real breakdown and had to seek help from a psychiatrist and a psychologist and my first time on medicine started. The medications didn’t help and there weren’t as many back then. Today there are a lot of psychiatric medications, but I am still having trouble finding a cocktail that works for me. I am also in therapy once a week at the minimum. Without a mood stabilizer I am now a rapid cycler. My mood can change in minutes, or hours, not the months it used to take for mood changes.

After a suicide attempt I had 2 hospitalizations and my newest diagnosis about 3 years ago was Bipolar 1 with psychosis. It seems seeing and hearing things also makes you psychotic. My medications contain an anti-depressant with a mood stabilizer or anti-psychotic and of course my anti-anxiety medication for which I need to survive at this point. The simplest things send me into a major panic.

Anti-depressants may not be prescribed for Bipolar Disorder as they will trigger mania if not taken with a mood stabilizer, such as Lithium or an anti-psychotic. I never understood why taking an antidepressant only in the beginning was such a problem. Over the years they came to realize that someone with Bipolar Disorder can’t take just an anti-depressant.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

What do you see? Willow Poetry – 4/2/19


What do you see? Willow Poetry

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loud boom, all lit up

wait for the next bolt to flash

now, right overhead

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Write a poem, tanka, haiku or short story about what the photo means to you. Willow Poetry!

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

The Weekly Smile 04/01/2019 #weeklysmile – finally had brunch with BFF


The Weekly Smile 04/01/2019 #weeklysmile – finally had brunch with BFF

My poor sick BFF has missed 2 of our weekly brunches she is so sick. She did come out this week, but she still isn’t feeling up to par. Something is going around here at the senior high rise where I live and the older you are the more it seems to take you down. I was glad to see her again and we smiled over several topics that we got caught up on. I am not very social and that might just save me from what is going around.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Trent’s Rules

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones 🙂

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! 🙂

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Twittering Tales #130 by Kat – 4/2/19


 

Inspired by Kat at Twittering Tales

Photo by Marc Schäfer at Unsplash.com

Looking down at the coffin I wished for the hundredth time that I had told him I loved him. I know he had a wife, but there was something between us. We remained friends as his wish, but now I will regret that the rest of my life.

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Rules from Kat:

Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!

And REMEMBER…you have 280 characters (spaces and punctuation included), to tell your tale…and a week to do it. I can’t wait to see what you create this week.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

PAGE 228, LINE 19 – 4/2/19


PAGE 228, LINE 19 – 4/2/19

Rules from the Haunted Wordsmith:

If you haven’t participated in this fun little prompt before, it’s quite simple. Grab a book…any kind of book…and flip to page 228, then count to line 19. Use that line as a prompt for a post. You can take the quote directly as used in that story, or simply find inspiration in the line and come up with something else.

Simply provide the quote (along with book title and author) and have fun!

If you want to participate, simply write a post and link it back to this post so everyone can read it.

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“I cannot understand it…It would be easier to understand if he had been shot…”

Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

(had to use 2 lines to make sense as the sentence ran more than one line)

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People stood around perplexed and looked at the body.

There was so much blood, but no sign of a wound.

“I cannot understand it…it would be easier to understand if he had been shot!”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com