Category Archives: Therapy

Change in Anti-depressants


Yesterday I was started on a new anti-depressant, Trintellix, formerly called Brintellix. I have had good reviews of it and maybe it is all in my head (pun intended), but I feel different this morning. More hopeful you could say.

I have also agreed to weekly therapy for a while and to bring my son in for a session. Our lives are intertwined.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

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Psycho-therapy Today


Before I start I want to remind everyone that I, too, suffer from Bipolar and I have chosen to choose a more positive influence in my life through Jesus Christ. Do I still suffer, of course, I do. He creates miracles, but that doesn’t mean he will wipe my life into all smooth sailing. For his own reasoning he has decided that I am to suffer with Bipolar, other mental health disorders and quite a few chronic pain issues.

Do I blame him for my suffering. I used to. So much so that I gave up my beliefs for 40 years. Now I have decided to follow his lead and trust his plans for my life. I don’t know exactly what they are, but I think they have to do with helping those that suffer with any disorder or disease.

I do this as I have understood his wishes to be. That may change over time. I am fairly stable now. I also monitor my own meds and have a few to play with to change my moods as necessary.

My therapist is proud of me. Of who I am becoming and what I am doing to help others  when I can. I have my negative days, but I have more positive ones now and I am much happier with my life.

I am writing and getting published. That has always been a dream. I didn’t think it would be about bipolar, but that is just the beginning. My writing blog is full of new stuff. 6 articles are currently published. Posted stuff on other blogs. Been interviewed by a few posters as well.

I have one book started and one serialized story on the other blog that just may make a book eventually with work. Now it is just working off prompts. There are some time line issues.

I am willing to talk to anyone who wants or needs to talk and to pray for anyone who wants or needs prayers. I am thinking of creating a prayer bowl. Although I am not sure exactly how that works yet. I know my parents kept one and I believe they prayed for everyone in there at once and were constantly receiving calls to add others to the bowl. My mom is no longer with us, but dad might remember.

Tessa

Medication Appointment Today – A Little Hypo-manic


I had my appointment with the APN nurse (Psychopharmacologist) and her intern. She knew right away I was a little hypo manic. We discussed what happened and how I handled it. I did good. She is going to trust me to self-medicate with the provision that I let her know if I run into any problems and I am pretty good at notifying her when I can. This was unusual this time. So I have my mood stabilizer increased to 8 mg in case I need to bring down a manic episode, staying at six mg normally and leaving the Cymbalta at 60, 120 mg if depressed.

And she can write a note when I need it for the cat to be a therapy animal when the time comes. Which was a big worry.

I find myself wishing for my own apartment now. My father yelling at me for nothing because he heard wrong or I thought differently then what he said is getting on my nerves. It is not helping at all.

My email is out of control. I have at least 4000. I have to unfollow the people that are not interacting with me. I don’t have time for all those blogs if we are not interacting. Only ones staying are the ones I do like to read even if no contact with blogger. I follow everybody and their brother and sister. LOL!

I wonder if my mania shows through in my writing? Interesting thought.

Today is second day of bad Fibro pain. I think it is linked to my mania. Oh and I learned something today. I had heard it before, but dismissed it kind of. They are coming to believe that inflammation leads to depression and that Aspirin might soon be used as an anti-depressant. I take 325 mg of Aspirin every day as a blood thinner. I have for over 6 months.

Tessa

 

 

Therapy today!


My therapist is impressed at my increase in mood stabilization since last week and that I was the one who made the decision. She says I am in a much better mood.

I like being able to adjust my medications for the bipolar myself. I can keep myself controlled and not have to wait for the med nurse to make a decision and possibly run out of meds. I know my body. Hope she agrees to let me continue to control them. She will know what I am on since I can’t write them and if something changes majorly I will keep her advised.

That appointment is on the 12th. So we will see what she says.

Tessa

Thursday Therapy – a little late


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I was busy trying to learn how to read WP on the reader. Doing better now. Plus still learning Windows 10. I still also have stuff to load on here.

I also had to write a blog post for IBPF. I hope she likes this one.

Therapy went well. I gave her my journal and it seems to help. She will read it and we will discuss it next session. This way she will have questions to discuss. We also discussed something that really bothered me.

Tessa

Pyschotherapy – Day 16 – 31 days of October blog link


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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can be conducted as often as needed. Some people go a few times a week, some go a couple times a month and when I was in the hospital we had a type of therapy 5 days a week and when I passed on to the partial hospitalization program I had 5 days a week for 5 hours per day. That is a lot of therapy.

Now my normal therapy schedule is every other week. I would like to go more, but financially that is not possible at this time. When I started I went once a week, every week.

This week we talked a lot about my anxiety and triggers. She has asked me to start journaling. She wants the stuff I don’t tell you guys and you know I tell you things most people would not admit to so this ought to be interesting as she wants to get deep into my head.

I refused when my first therapist asked and at the time I was not writing anything at all. Now I write everyday. So now I must make time to journal as well. I already filled 2 pages of typed single space writing. There are things in there about my family and my real feelings. Hope no one finds it. It is stuff that truly angers or bothers me in some way. The real feelings, that’s the whole idea of this exercise. Maybe she will be able to help me if she really knows how I feel. It means opening myself up to another person. I have not led a sin-free life. I don’t break laws, but I have lost sight of morality on occasion. I broke God’s laws.

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See description below from Wikipedia

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to increase each individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social functioning. Certain psychotherapies are considered evidence-based for treating some diagnosed mental disorders.

There are over a thousand different named psychotherapies, some being minor variations while others are based on very different conceptions of psychology, ethics (how to live) or techniques. Most involve one-to-one sessions between client and therapist but some are conducted with groups, including families. Therapists may be mental health professionals or come from a variety of other backgrounds, and depending on the jurisdiction may be legally regulated, voluntarily regulated or unregulated.

Bipolar Disorder & Anger/Rage (Day 9 of October’s 31 Days of Writing)


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Bipolar Disorder & Anger: Stuck on the rage road!

In the bipolar equation, anger has long been overshadowed by mania and sadness. Now it’s time to take a hard look at this isolating emotion.

See complete article here.

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I have long been subject to deep rages, but they went unnoticed as I kept them locked inside. This always made them worse at first and then I would let it go. There was always something else to rage about.

As my age progressed, my Bipolar progressed and so did the anger. Erupting in real life instead of inside. My kids no longer let me deal with sales people, etc. because I just lose it and get nasty and angry.

I have always slammed things when angry such as books on the desk in school, cabinet doors in the kitchen and even doors if possible. It is a nicer way to express that rage than raging at someone.

I broke all the Christmas decorations when I found out about the con man I had been living with (that story is found under search as con man). It was all the new stuff we had bought for our first Christmas tree. The first one was an accident, but the second through to the end was deliberate and liberating. Glass balls splintering and breaking glass. Powerful feeling. I never deliberately broke something in my rage before and I haven’t since. I still slam things though.

Medication helped damper the rage somewhat, but I would still get extremely angry and I had to learn to walk away. Keep my mouth shut. I had no control over what came up and how nastily it came out.

There are varying degrees of rage and anger not always associated with Bipolar Disorder, but people are beginning to think otherwise. I always seemed to be sweet and innocent. No one knew what was simmering inside. I am more aware of my rage and try to control it.

I get so enraged that my skin literally gives off heat and turns bright red. People who know me well, know not to push my buttons too far or I go off rather than keep it inside.

If you experience episodes of rage with your bipolar mention it to your therapist if you have one or seek one out to help you control those outbursts.

Tessa