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Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter O is for OCD


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 O is for OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder)

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What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized, repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you probably recognize that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational—but even so, you feel unable to resist them and break free.

Like a needle getting stuck on an old record, OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge. For example, you may check the stove 20 times to make sure it’s really turned off, or wash your hands until they’re scrubbed raw. While you don’t derive any sense of pleasure from performing these repetitive behaviors, they may offer some passing relief for the anxiety generated by the obsessive thoughts. You may try to avoid situations that trigger or worsen your symptoms or self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. But while it can seem like there’s no escaping your obsessions and compulsions, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself and regain control of your thoughts and actions.

Click here to see more of this article on OCD.

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I have someone in my life who is a narcissist. It is hard to deal with and to get away from them.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter N is for Narcissism


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 N is for Narcissism

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Who Is Really a Narcissist?

It’s easy to slap the “narcissist” label on someone who spends a bit too much time talking about his career or who never seems to doubt herself, but pathologically narcissistic personalities are relatively rare—an estimated 1 percent of the population. Narcissism, too, is more complicated than it may seem: It’s different from a surplus of self-esteem, encompassing a hunger for appreciation, a sense of specialness, and a lack of empathy, along with other attributes that can prove damaging in relationships. Interestingly, in addition to thinking they are better and more deserving than others, research suggests, highly narcissistic people often admit that they are more self-centered, too.

Click here to see more of this article on Narcissism.

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I have someone in my life who is a narcissist. It is hard to deal with and to get away from them.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter M is for Mania


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.

M for Mania

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Mania and hypomania are phases of bipolar disorder characterized by elevated “highs” in mood and behavior that are in stark contrast to the depressive “lows” of the emotional cycle.

Mania is a facet of type I bipolar disorder in which the mood state is abnormally heightened and accompanied by hyperactivity and a reduced need for sleep. By contrast, hypomania (often described as “mania-light”) is a type II bipolar disorder which neither has the range nor severity of symptoms that classic mania has.

If left untreated, bipolar mania can spin out the control and affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step toward seeking the appropriate treatment and care.

Click here to see more of this article on Recognizing the 8 Signs of a Manic Episode.

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I have had some severe manic phases during my lifetime. Racing thoughts, feelings of grandeur, hypersexuality (which causes the possibility of very unsafe sex, which caused me a lot of grief), out-of-control spending (spending thousands of dollars I didn’t have and causing having to file bankruptcy 2 times), etc. I also had to deal with psychosis during my mania.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter L for Laughter is the Best Medicine


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.

L is for Laughter is the Best Medicine

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We have always heard that laughter is the best medicine. And I have to agree that most of the time, when I can manage it, it does help. Sometimes life overwhelms you to the point that you can’t rise above it and laugh, but when you can a good belly laugh is good for you.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter K is For Klonopin (anti-anxiety)


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.

Klonopin (clonazepam)- an anti-anxiety medicine

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Anti-anxiety drugs like Klonopin are sometimes prescribed to treat severe manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, but Klonopin is not a primary medication used to treat bipolar disorder. I use it mainly for anxiety, but I take a very high dose and found it impossible to wean myself off of it although I did manage to lower the dose. The weaning process did take a while, but when I got to the day that I no longer took a dose, my body went crazy and I ended up in the hospital. It is not easy to get off these types of drugs once you get on them long term.

For more information click here.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter J is For Jesus and other grandiose manic thoughts


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.

Jesus and other grandiose manic thoughts

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While during a manic phase grandiose thoughts are not unusual. I was hospitalized because I thought I was Jesus. Change of medicine, a short in-patient stay and then 3 to 4 weeks of partial hospitalization which was 5 days of 5 hours the whole time. Basically about the same time or a little more than the therapy that was done in-patient, but without the cost of a hospital stay included.

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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter I is For Insomnia


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.

Insomnia (according to Web MD)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep

  • Waking up too early in the morning

  • Feeling tired upon waking

To read more click here.

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I have had trouble sleeping and staying asleep my whole life. Part of my problem is that I am a night owl. Always have been since I was an infant. My mother wished a child just like me on me and I got one, actually 2. The third, even as an adult falls asleep when she gets in a car. She is the one that fell asleep in her dinner quite often as well.

For me, nothing works. I have tried prescription medications, all of them. At first Ambien did work, but it wasn’t meant to work long term. I tried the natural things such as Melatonin and that made me hyper and just the opposite. Benadryl would make me drowsy in the beginning, but like most things quit working. Currently my anti-depressant helps me fall asleep although I can’t stay asleep. I am up every hour or so at least.

I am 62 and have resigned myself to sleeping when I can. I am on disability and don’t work so unless there is a reason I have to get up during the day I sleep during the day and am up almost all night. I went back to how I was when I was younger. I am a night owl and not much I can do about it.

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