Everyone does say that laughter is the best medicine. Your medications are just a supplement.
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Not everyone who struggles with mental illness wants to get better. There are a lot of factors that hinder recovery. Many people feel their illness is a part of their identity and feel that by getting better they would lose that. Others feel that their disorder benefits them in some way for example someone with an eating disorder may not want to get better because they feel that their disorder is helping them stay skinny. Some people don’t even realize that their disorder is an illness, they feel it’s a part of who they are and may have no desire to get well because of it.
Mental illness is very real and it’s not something someone chooses to have. Depression for example is cause by an imbalance of brain chemicals not a desire for attention. This is something that can and has been scientifically proven.
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For the birth control anon
I’m going to post this for followers to help and chime in.
I don’t have any experience with it but it is something I’ve heard of so I’m sure our followers will be of some help :)
There you go, anon
I don’t think that would be a problem. I know you couldn’t be swat or a state trooper etc… but I couldn’t find anything online that says either way.
Can anyone in the field help out?
All the best
1. Make sure you get enough sleep. A recent study by the U.S. Mental Health Association and the Better Sleep Council identified a relationship between positive moods and sleeping between 6 and 8 hours a night. Regular bedtimes were also important.
2. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible as this stimulates production of melatonin. (Low melatonin levels are linked with depression.)
3. Make sure you have a diet that supports brain health. For example, the following nutrients have been shown to promote more stable moods: B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids. Also, rapid changes in blood sugar can also precipitate changes in mood, so watch your consumption of refined sugar products, and make sure you eat lots of complex carbohydrates.
4. Try some natural remedies. Chamomile, lemon balm or valerian root tea are recommended for helping with anxiety. St. John’s wort is said to soothe the mind and relieve irritability. In terms of homeopathic remedies, lycopodium is believed to help with anger, and feelings of agitation; tarentula hispanica is used for mania; and chaste berry, red raspberry, black cohosh and sarsaparilla may help with female hormonal mood swings.
5. Include some regular exercise in your daily schedules. This releases endorphins, the feel good hormones. It also helps with insomnia.
6. Try and identify coping mechanisms that can ward off or soothe fluctuations in mood. Also, keeping a journal of negative triggers can help you interrupt a pattern early on, and work on strategies for coping with these triggers.
Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions that can be answered within the confines of our Helpful Resources page. We are more than willing to help those who need it, but often doing a simple search can save both of us some time. We try to get to as many questions as we can, and I’d hate for someone to not get the help they need when all they need to do is check the Helpful Resources page first.