Rebecca’s of Beckie’s Mental Mess Prompt – July 24, 2019


Week #8 

Prompt #1  Write a narrative of what works for you when in the midst of a crisis, such as, anxiety/panic attack or a manic episode.  Please give an example of what happened, and how you broke free from it.

Example: Coping skills, talking to a family member or a friend, and/or therapy, mediations… (Just to name a few).

I suffer from panic attacks and I find that deep breathing and talking to myself helps. I might chant “You can do this!” While driving I would pull off the road and get myself back under control. Taking a train trip by myself and having to switch trains twice was nerve-wracking and the panic attacks started me off deep breathing and telling myself that you don’t want to lose it here, no one knows where you are and you don’t want to land in a psychiatric unit in a part of the state you aren’t familiar with.

I also suffer from manic episodes. A couple of years ago I had one that landed me in the hospital. I was having delusions which got me labeled Bipolar 1 with Psychosis. All the sounds were magnified and we lived near a train track, an airport and even the neighbors sounded overly loud. I swore people were staring in my second-floor window.

I talked to my son and dad about what I was seeing and hearing and the final consensus was that I needed to go to the hospital for that one. They didn’t even trust driving me as they weren’t sure how wild I might end up. An ambulance was called and I was transported for that one.

Prompt #2 Pick One or Both The Photos/Pictures and explain how it makes you feel?

Example: In any format you choose!  (Poetry, Short Prose, etc…)

 

Photo #1:

Aah, cleansing, refreshing rain.

Visual of the image is that of heavy rain with the sun shining and pouring on a plant up against a rock wall.

This actually makes me feel calm. I find water in many forms soothing except for thunder and lightning showers since I am terrified of them.

Photo #2

Rainbow Above The Flower Field

Visual of the image is a field of flowers in the colors of a rainbow and above it is a bright rainbow against a beautiful blue sky.

This flat out freaks me out. It is too bold, bright and down-right offends me as it is not realistic. I know you can plant seeds to grow it that way, but it shouldn’t be that way.

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I thank each and every one of you in advance for participating in the “Working on Us” series.  Remember, we share because we care. 

Take Care & God Bless,

Beckie 💚

Beckies Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from July 3rd. through to July 9th to submit your entries.
  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post.
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your feelings a validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

 

 

9 thoughts on “Rebecca’s of Beckie’s Mental Mess Prompt – July 24, 2019

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    Tessa, Thank you so very much for sharing some pretty darn scary stuff that has happened while being in a crisis situation. I have had to pull over on the side of the road in the past too. It’s better for everyone on the road when we do that.
    Thank God, you had your son and dad there to help you through what sounded terrifying to you. It was a good thing they called an EMT service instead of driving you themselves. Anything could have happened at that point.
    I to find it helpful to breathe and talk to myself too when suffering an anxiety attack. However, I find it somewhat more difficult to do when having a panic attack. Do you find that happens to you as well?
    Thank you, again… For participating in Week #8 Prompts #1 & #2. It’s always a pleasure that you share with all of us.
    God Bless!! 💚

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    1. Tessa Post author

      Well Beckie, a panic attack is somewhat harder to control. It is possible, but it took me hours of just deep breathing and talking to myself, like I did with the train trip. It was imperative to get that under control as I was our of my safety zone and no one knew where I was.

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