Mr. E. Monkey wrote:Wee drop is NOT a dinosaur with a mind-control hat. Wee drop is NOT a dinosaur with a mind-control hat...
goofygurl wrote:Wee is a fire breathing dragon???
wee drop o' bush wrote:I find if I can just battle enough to keep on top of my eating, spending money & housework chores then I feel a lot happier & in control. My mental health improves & I'm less irritable and irrational.
Just being well enough to be able to push myself to stay in control, is a major asset for me.
I'm eating well & exercising at the minute, so the panicked, free falling feeling is not really there.
Also exercise is a major boost for my mental health. It really, really helps me
PackLemming wrote:...especially in light of the fact that 'religious' folk who believe in the existence of unproven entities...
bigmattdaddywack wrote:This needs to be on the "other" mental illness thread.
Tater Raider wrote:PackLemming wrote:...especially in light of the fact that 'religious' folk who believe in the existence of unproven entities...
Let's not go there, please. Rules and all that.
bigmattdaddywack wrote:I think some mental illness, such as depression,will be somewhat relieved after a while ( after the initial shock)due to the amount of work people will have to do. Wont have time to dwell on petty problems. Also our schedule will become more natural. We will live more in tune with the Sun and Moon. I might be wrong but I have thought about it for a while.
Life got better and the Renaissance occurred after the Black Death.
Though they did not have nuclear power plants that had to be manned.
bigmattdaddywack wrote:I think some mental illness, such as depression,will be somewhat relieved after a while ( after the initial shock)due to the amount of work people will have to do. Wont have time to dwell on petty problems.
bigmattdaddywack wrote:Where are you? Scandinavia?
TripleThreat wrote:...natural selection will come back from it's long slumber with a merciless iron fist. People aren't going to try to diagnose someone banging on their communities walls...
duodecima wrote:MM brings up a good point about sleep - it's important for a lot of things, including mental health, especially in some disorders like depression and bipolar. Bipolar is more likely to flare up if the person doesn't get regular sleep. (Also true for migraines and epilepsy.) Some folks with depression sleep too much, but there's others who can't sleep even if they're exhausted. Anxiety disorders (and acute stress/anxiety) also mess with sleep. Lack of sleep will impair anybody's mental faculties, especially vigilance and creative problem solving.
Just like Tater has prepped by knowing his illness, knowing what's likely to set it off, and knowing what strategies and tools he has to manage it, any of us with sleep issues should try to get on top of them. It's best to know what our behavioral, environmental, and possibly medical tools are for sleep, if we take meds, know how they effect us, and to anticipate how our usual strategies might get blown out of the water or cause problems in a PAW. There are some otc and herbal/alternative sleep aids (other than alcohol, which has issues with re-awakening later) but if somebody's likely to need them, it would be good to know how long it's going to knock that specific person out for, or if they're likely to have after-effects the next day.
Tater Raider wrote:I was talking taking depressants (alcohol, valium, sleep aids, etc.) while depressed generally being ill-advised. And no, it nearly universally (WKRP in Cincinnati comes to mind where Johnny Fever got more sober the more he drank - fun bit) depresses the system, though the "losening up" it allows can create sleep issues in the other direction.
duodecima has a very valid point on sleep patterns too. for this you can use sleep aids to assist in going down, caffiene for waking up, and so on but really you are better off if you can have a set bedtime routine. The routine itself becomes a trigger for, "Oh, it's time to lay down. I guess I'm sleepy after all." Also avoid distractions and stimulating materials during this time. Cut out the caffinated crap 2-3 hours ahead of time. Finally, if you keep your in bed activities limited to sleeping and "hand holding" it helps - no eating, drinking, watching TV in bed. Ya'll prolly heard it a bazillian times but for me this stuff helps.
The other thing I do on caffiene is I'll start the day with a 24oz. dt. soda, then go to coffee. The first pot is 1/3 decaf, the second is 2/3 decaf, and if I have 3 or more I switch to pure decaf so the chemicals can help wake me then slowly bleed out of my system during the day.
OldSchool45b wrote:I have PTSD and anxiety. It actually started upon my immediate return from AFG in 04. I didn't seek help until the wife said she wanted a divorce in spring of 06. By then I was on a really bad road. I started but gave it a half hearted effort. this went on and off for the next few years between deployments and trips and schools. I discovered that I did not need the meds while I was deployed. I functioned very well in high stress situations and the meds were actually a negative, sadly this is really common amongst the group of soldiers I worked with. But the issues just compounded. I went on my last mob in 2010 to Cambodia. By this time the wife and I had split and she was hoping I would pull my head out and get right. No such luck. When I came home, I was on the ground 24hrs and at the store shopping when the idea of killing myself came to mind. It was the most rational and logical thing I had ever thought. Really? Out of nowhere too. So needless to say that was a bit of a wake up call.
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