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Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter P is for Personality Disorders


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 P is for Personality Disorders

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A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. This causes significant problems and limitations in relationships, social activities, work and school.

In some cases, you may not realize that you have a personality disorder because your way of thinking and behaving seems natural to you. And you may blame others for the challenges you face.

Personality disorders usually begin in the teenage years or early adulthood. There are many types of personality disorders. Some types may become less obvious throughout middle age.

Click here to see more of this article on Personality Disorders and the different types.

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I suffer from a few of them. Abandonment is a major issue of mine. They sometimes appear due to a major traumatic experience which I had several during my teenage years when this first seemed to appear. My major one is Borderline Personality Disorder.

These are the symptoms of this one:

Borderline personality disorder

  • Impulsive and risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex, gambling or binge eating
  • Unstable or fragile self-image
  • Unstable and intense relationships
  • Up and down moods, often as a reaction to interpersonal stress
  • Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
  • Intense fear of being alone or abandoned
  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness
  • Frequent, intense displays of anger
  • Stress-related paranoia that comes and goes

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 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

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter H is For Hallucination


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.

Hallucination

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

hallucination is a perception in the absence of external stimulus that has qualities of real perception. Hallucinations are vivid, substantial, and are perceived to be located in external objective space. They are distinguishable from several related phenomena, such as dreaming, which does not involve wakefulness; pseudohallucination, which does not mimic real perception, and is accurately perceived as unreal; illusion, which involves distorted or misinterpreted real perception; and imagery, which does not mimic real perception and is under voluntary control.[1] Hallucinations also differ from “delusionalperceptions”, in which a correctly sensed and interpreted stimulus (i.e., a real perception) is given some additional (and typically absurd) significance.

Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality—visualauditoryolfactorygustatorytactileproprioceptiveequilibrioceptivenociceptivethermoceptive and chronoceptive.

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I have Hallucinations quite often. Hence my last hospitalization for mental health changed my diagnosis to include psychosis and not just Bipolar Disorder. I have seen things most of my life. People, spiders, cartoons, mahjongg tiles (this was really silly as they were dancing around my room) and many other things. I also suffer from audio hallucinations. I hear voices, especially a voice calling my name over and over waking me up. I also hear music that just won’t stop. Hearing the same song over and over can make you want to scream.

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 G is For Gender Dysphoria or Transgender


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.

Gender Dysphoria or Transgender

The below definition for Gender Dysphoria or Transgender was taken from Web MD. To read more click here:

People who have gender dysphoria feel strongly that their gender does not match their biology.

For example, a person who has a penis and all other physical traits of a male might feel instead that he is actually a female. That person would have an intense desire to have a female body and to be accepted by others as a female. Or someone with the physical characteristics of a female would feel her true identity is male.

Feeling that your body does not reflect your true gender can cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression. “Dysphoria” is a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and restlessness. With gender dysphoria, the discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with your normal life, for instance at school or work or during social activities.

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This is not something that I suffer from, but I can imagine how difficult it could be to feel that you should be the opposite sex from what you are born with. Now I am female and in no way would I want to be a male and if that was how I was born I can only imagine how distressed I would feel.

In today’s world people are coming out and showing their true feelings, which include sexual orientation and other gender related conditions. People in this situation may have tremendous mental health conditions ranging from minor to severe where they won’t even touch or look at themselves and the offending body parts.

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