Support systems help a lot.

It is crucial to have a support system. Whether it is friends or family. They can help see the signs and symptoms before you do. They also can just listen to you. That is one thing as a friend you can do to help. They just want to be heard. Usually nothing more. If you don’t have a support system join a support group and go to that. Anything helps.

My experience with support is that it is a benefits out weighs the it negatives. It helps navigate through the tough times and sail through the good times. You should celebrate the good times when you are doing well.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Nobody is probably harder on yourself than you. Everybody has hard days. If u have been depressed for months and you have tried everything possible don’t give up. It took me 3 years to get out a funk and thought it would last forever. My attitude had to change I was negative all the time and was too hard on myself. And once I changed this I started coming out of my depression. I still take medicine but it helps having a positive attitude too. Just because it does not get better right away doesn’t mean it won’t get better. There will be better days.

It’s ok to be you…

It’s ok to be yourself. Even if someone thinks you are a little eccentric. Outside the box or norm. Embrace that weirdness. I might talk to myself all the time and answer myself too. But whoever is listening let them listen. Maybe say something real funny. And let them think your insane. Jk.

Getting back to seriousness. I think you should embrace yourself all of your imperfections and little quirks. Not just the good qualities about yourself.

Taking on a different point of view…

Today I went to a conference called women and spirituality. And I had a psychic say that I can communicate with the spirit world. I think it would be cool to do this but my voices say stupid degrading things so I know that it is in my brain and not anything else. She also said I have protectors like a giant guardian angel, a rattle snake. And that if I don’t want to hear the voices anymore envision being inside a bubble. I don’t want to be in a bubble I just want the voices gone for good. Well, I just spent 30 dollars to understand that voices do not come from the spiritual world. They come from inside my head.

Into Fall again..

First day of fall is Friday. Colder temps, leaves changing colors, hot Apple cider. Yet, people who have bipolar or schizo-affective know the changing of the moods. Maybe from mania to depressed or normal to low. It begins again. Maybe not every year like SAD. But you better be prepared. To increase your meds. Talk to your doctor on that. Sleep well, 5-8 hours a night. No caffeinated beverage after 3pm, do your normal routine, school or work.

I tend to get bored at times and sleep the time away. That is what I did today. It was raining and cloudy. But now I have to be careful not to get into a habit of it. I feel the seasons changing. And my moods and energy are changing too.

NAMI

NAMI is a resource that has helped me a lot over the years. It stands for National Alliance of Mental Illness. It is a nonprofit organization and many of the programs are free. However they do fundraisers throughout the year. There big fundraising event is coming up. The NAMI walk.

It has a family to family support group and a peer support group that you can go to. There is a 12 week family education group. Many other resources to check out http://www.nami.org

Irritability and anger

I tend to get irritable easily. I get annoyed by others and what they say or do. Some days it doesn’t bother me at all and other times it does.

Some of the ways I cope is say this too shall pass. And realize it is just an emotion anger. Everybody gets angry whether they deal with it or not. However when I am starting to become manic I become really angry for no reason at all it seems. It is one of my triggers when I know I have to get my meds adjusted. I do a lot of DBT skills when I become angry. I deep breathe and take a time out like go for a short walk. Or count to 60 seconds when I can’t escape.

I have been doing pretty good at controlling my anger. My boyfriend helps me recognize when I start yelling or getting upset. It helps a lot because a lot of times I don’t realize that it is happening.

So it is ok to be angry but realize when it becomes a problem with others. They can often see it before you can.