It's All In Your Head

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Mymosaicrecovery seems to be having a bad day could you send her some love
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:
Asker Anonymous Asks:
my wife has a twenty-two year old daughter who has 'issues'. She's been in and out of hospitals becasue of an eating disorder, cutting herself and about six months ago she tried to kill herself. I don't think she actually has any mental illness. I have a hard time believing depression or any mental illness is real. I think she's doing this to get attention. I think she wants people to feel bad for her. Because if she was actually sick she'd at least try to get better but she's not even trying!
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

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. 

- Q

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi, I'm on Citaloprm (Celexa) and I was just wondering if you or any followers have experiences with drinking alcohol whilst taking them? I'm not planning on getting wasted or anything but it'd be nice to have couple of drinks with my friend for his birthday. It doesnt mention alcohol consumption on the info pack and Idon't see my doctor for another few weeks so I was wondering if you guys have any advice? thanks
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

Hi Anon,

We cannot advise you on medication use in any way, shape, or form. Please call, email, and/or text your doctor to get the proper information regarding alcohol use. Medications and side effects vary from person to person, so we cannot help you.

Best,

Lena

About the birth control used for stabilizing moods, that's what I take it for and it does help however I'm a special case because I can't have kids anyway so it does nothing for me prevention-wise but it helps tremendously mood-wise. It's also not an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication but it helps keep actual hormones (estrogen and testosterone) under control which in the long run either can mean less explosive anger or less uncontrollable sadness. Remember to talk to your doctor first.
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

For the birth control anon

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Re: birth control. I agree with the anon that it depends very much on you personally. For me birth control shortened the length of my downswings but made them more intense, so I would advise having someone (preferably a professional) who can keep an eye on you in the first few weeks if you decide to give it a go. It's an option worth exploring, anyway.
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:
Asker Anonymous Asks:
To the birth control anon; YES!! For me personally I had really extreme mood swings and was suicidal probably 3/4s of my cycle but after I went on birth control (levora) it got a lot better. Although I have heard very mixed reviews from friends, it all depends on you personally but I'd say its worth a try. It also makes you much more regular so you can be prepared :>
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:
Does anyone have experience with hormonal birth control improving or stabilizing moods?
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

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 :)
-lina

Asker Anonymous Asks:
for the anon asking abt the detective job w bipolar, if you have been admitted to any sort of behavioral center, you would have to wait 5 yrs if the job requires a gun. also, you would probably go through a more extensive psych evaluation
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

There you go, anon

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've always wanted to be in law enforcement (& Ive ruled out too physically demanding jobs like swat, bc I have bad asthma & can't do as much) but I want to do something more like homicide detective. Would they not hire me for that if I have bipolar?
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

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

-Liz

Last night I found out that someone I recently met has splinter personalities, and I got really excited because I had never met someone else who had that struggle with disassociation. But as soon as we started talking, I realised she still thinks of it as some kind of magical special snowflake thing, and denies it’s a mental illness, and now I wish I hadn’t said anything at all. :(((((

Last night I found out that someone I recently met has splinter personalities, and I got really excited because I had never met someone else who had that struggle with disassociation. But as soon as we started talking, I realised she still thinks of it as some kind of magical special snowflake thing, and denies it’s a mental illness, and now I wish I hadn’t said anything at all. :(((((

onlinecounsellingcollege:

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.

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