Daily Archives: April 26, 2019

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter W is for Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Adults and Children


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.

Letter W is for Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Adults and Children

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Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.

Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

Mental health conditions can also begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include the following:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums

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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

SoCS for Saturday April 27, 2019


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 27/19

Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “xp.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “xp”in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Here’s the rules from Linda Hill:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

When I was younger I was an expert with technology. Not much confused me for long. Now however, my memory has shrunk and my smart phone is smarter than me.

I just ordered a new phone late last night. I got it expedited to me, by way of the local Verizon store. It was ready first thing in the morning after they opened up. I didn’t have to wait for shipping.

I just ordered a few things from several companies. They all offer express shipping, but I can’t see paying that extra money when I can wait a few more days and get it for free or next to nothing.

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

STORY STARTER CHALLENGE – 4/26/19


STORY STARTER CHALLENGE – 4/26/19


Today’s sentence: “No, no that will not do.”

 

Rules from:

THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

Welcome to the new Story Starter Challenge!

Every day I will post a new sentence prompt. Use the provided sentence somewhere in your post. It can be a starting sentence, closing sentence, anything you choose. Read it and see where the sentence takes you.

Have Fun!

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Dignified? No!

By Teresa Smeigh 2019


“No, no that will not do.” The maid cringes under her employer’s words.

“Sorry ma’am,” she whispered.

“Redo it correctly and now. Don’t make me tell you again. Maids are a dime a dozen, but a good maid is hard to find and paid better than you will ever hope to make with your sloppy work.”

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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

 

 

OPPOSITES ATTRACT CHALLENGE – 4/26/19


OPPOSITES ATTRACT CHALLENGE – 4/26/19

Rules from Haunted Wordsmith:

Welcome to the new Opposites Attract Challenge!

For this challenge, I provide one word and a list of its antonyms. The challenge is to use the prompt word AND one (or more) of its antonyms in some form of writing (or creative work).

Explore the word and its opposite … challenge your creative side

HAVE FUN!


Today’s prompt: dignified

Antonyms: flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified

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Silly Antics

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Jonathan was always so dignified. He always wore a suit to work even on casual Fridays.

What others didn’t know was that when he and Alexa were in private he was goofy and undignified. She loved it!

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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

Thursday photo prompt: Shade #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Shade #writephoto

The Rules:

Every Thursday at noon GMT, I publish one of my photos as a writing prompt.  If you know where the photo was taken, please keep it to yourself until the challenge is closed and I usually share something about the place during the round-up.

Use the image and title provided as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  on Wednesday  each week,  and link back to the prompt post with a pingback to be included in the round-up.  There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly and not passionately political.

All posts will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

Up to No Good

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Mary stared out the window of the car as it sped down the road. She wondered if John was going to ask her out.  Why else was he taking her out for a ride during their lunch hour?

They had brought their lunches along with them and when they arrived at the area he had chosen; she was overwhelmed by all the silence and the green of the trees and bushes. There was even an old trough from when the horses had been kept there.

He pulled in and parked. Mary reached for her lunch bag, but John stopped her. “Aren’t we going to eat our lunches,” Mary hesitantly asked him.

“Actually not yet, I had something else in mind.”

“I have noticed that you were flirting with me and I thought we should talk about it. Are you interested in a relationship or not?”

“I like you, but just as a friend.”

“I don’t see it that way. Why were you flirting with me if you just wanted to be friends?”

“John please take me back to work.”

He reached over her and opened the door. He pushed her out and she landed on the ground. He closed the door and without giving her a chance to grab her purse, he peeled out of there leaving her all alone and far from the nearest paved road.

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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

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 84


Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 84

 

Reena’s Rules:

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

PROMPT

Perspective

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Seasons Change

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

No evidence of any winter snow remains.

Flowers are blooming, so are the grains.

The trees are budding and turning green.

As well as the lawns, they look so serene.

I certainly don’t miss the ice and snow.

I love watching the flowers as they grow.

The skies are blue, birds are taking flight.

Sometimes reaching an amazing height.

The sun burns hot and keeps me inside.

I am not inclined to go to the seaside.

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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