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06/21 - Mental Awareness Wednesday

Discussion in 'Daily Work Threads' started by humbleturker, Jun 21, 2017.

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  1. humbleturker

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    Welcome to today's MTurk Crowd work thread!

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    Hi everyone!

    Been a little over a month since I had last done this and wanted to post an update on myself as well as seeing if any folks here want to check in with how they're doing with life or whatever is going on inside the mind.

    Also, if you're not familiar with this, I just encourage people to share their stories of how they themselves have been impacted by mental health in the past and currently. It's a topic that should not be seen as taboo and one that needs to be discusses far more often than it does in the real world. Too often we're told to act tough or to show a tough exterior, but in reality that can only get you so far before internally you start to take a beating. At least, this is my experience anyway.

    I have had OCD for all of my life basically. Each day is another chapter in this ever growing book of struggles that I've been dealing with for many years. That being said, my willpower is strong and I firmly believe that I will conquer this for good one day. I think I deserve a life of happiness, and that's exactly the plan I have in mind for myself. This past weekend was surprisingly tough for me, but the amount of good work helped distract me from what was running a muck in my head. It's a learning experience, and one that I'm appreciative of as it will help me towards total happiness in the future.

    So tell us, with no judgment held from us, what you're going through and maybe what you're doing on a day in, day out basis to improve. For those that are checking in, what has been done in the past 5 or so weeks (or what has happened) that has impacted your life and that you've learned from. All discussions on this topic are welcomed.

    This is a place for not breaking down each other but building up each other. Mental health concerns is something that nearly everyone goes through at some point in their life. I'm sure mods and admins will monitor any averse activity.

    So that's the plan of the theme of this thread. Tell each other what's going on, with no judgment. We're a family here, non-traditional or otherwise. I know turking can be a grind, but the interactions with each other doesn't have to be to the mind. You might learn that someone is going through the exact same thing or has the exact same condition you're dealing with. You are truly never alone. This can open up a whole new realm of positivity in your lives, and I really hope that you all appreciate these check-ins as much as I do.

    Let's kick ass today. I believe in every single one of you.

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    Thank you @humbleturker@humbleturker for doing this for members of this community.
    I want to remind everyone that although you may have a label or a condition I see so much more than just those things in each and every one of you....
    I'm friendly and looking forward to turking with everyone today.

    Oh and I just love insomnia :facepalm2:
     
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    well
    would you look at what I found
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    Boris!



    Edit: I disavow the tactics employed in the final verse, for the next ten days, then wholeheartedly embrace them again.
     
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  19. minkyboodle

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    Oh, @humbleturker@humbleturker ! <3 This is what that wink meant.. I dig this trend of encouragement continuing for the week's threads, for sure. I seriously need it right now.
    I grew up in an incredibly toxic, violent, and dysfunctional family, to put it mildly, and survived the unholy trinity of childhood abuses. At 11, I began seeing a therapist, but it ended abruptly after a family therapy session gone awry. By 12, I was self-injuring on a regular basis and hiding anorexia. At 13, I attempted suicide for the first time (and 2nd..and 3rd) and ended up being admitted into a behavioral health unit. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD, chronic major depression, and anxiety. Both parents gave up and split, and I was in foster care until I forced my caseworker's hand to get me emancipated at 17. I've been on/off nearly every psychotropic medication that exists since 1995, and have lasting heart/teeth problems as a result. (As well as a hatred of medication. Just for myself. I know it helps/has helped others.) I've faced the passing of my daughter and another hospitalization after her funeral that led to my family taking my children from me. (Please don't judge me for that last part without knowing the whole situation.) I have survived rape/sexual assault thrice, domestic abuse four times, and two car wrecks-the last of which left me with a traumatic brain injury. I have also been homeless three times in my adult life. It's been...one hell of a road, this life.

    I was in/out of therapy for 23 years, and I reached a point where I lost belief in all of it. In 2014, I started making plans to kill myself. I was methodical, I was organized and had lists and letters. I felt more alone than I ever had,and I was ready. Then my eldest confessed to me that she was cutting, and everything started tumbling. Even though she never saw me self-injure and I always put on a brave face for her, I blamed myself. I'd lost my mind after her sister passed; it was my job to protect her from everything that hurt so much she felt that was the only option. After spending hours crying with her, I started searching for help, for something, for anything. I felt like the only way to help her was to find help, learn coping skills I could teach her during visits (as she is denied proper help by her guardian). I realized that if I killed myself, I was telling her and her sister it was okay to give up, to stop fighting. I was not okay with that.

    I spent hours online, reading articles, med journals, the VA website, combat veteran forums, search results, looking for that solution. I found MoodGYM, an online CBT unit and began learning about cognitive behavioral therapy and how to apply it as a coping skill. A friend of mine told me about a new free clinic in my city, and I started enrollment/intake with them. In my first session with my therapist, I set out guidelines and a plan. I told her of my interest in CBT, DBT, immersion therapy, mindfulness/meditation, and EMDR, the terms and techniques that had actually shown some promise. My whole world changed when I found out that she already does most of those (and has since taken training for the EMDR).

    With these things and the addition of grounding and squared breathing, my anxiety is still there but so much easier to control and the panic attacks went from all day/every day to once or twice a month. (And are much easier/quicker to relieve.) My nightmares went from extremely graphic and near-nightly to twice a month, and barely registering anymore. My moods still swing, but not as violently or as quickly, and are easier to manage back down to acceptable ranges. When my injured brain isn't being an asshole (like it is tonight) I sleep more soundly and on a more regular pattern. I've even ventured into public more often by myself, which is huge. In short, the problems are still there but the coping is easier.

    Which is good because my roommate quit his job for around a month or so unexpectedly and blew his savings on weed and alcohol and such, and I'm currently playing catch-up so we don't end up homeless on the first. I'm also dealing with the fact that he's an alcoholic and gets verbally/mentally abusive and controlling. "Just leave" isn't an option at all because there is literally nowhere else for me to go at the moment and I refuse to live on the streets again, especially during an Oklahoma summer. The circumstances are just..what they are, and I'm doing what I can to handle them. Aside from the fact that I basically didn't sleep at all last night (er..would it be the night before now..?) and am somehow still awake at 3:30 on a whole new day, I think I'm doing okay with it. (To be fair, the sleep thing is more brain injury-related than mental health. My brain "forgets" from time to time that sleep is a thing humans need and goes on these insomnia runs for a day or two.) I haven't yelled or lost my temper, haven't made any impulsive decisions like blowing money or boning strangers, haven't drank or smoked weed, and even quit smoking two weeks(ish) ago. I'm stressed, but I'm using that full list of coping skills. Comparatively, I'm doing pretty ace with it all, maybe kinda possibly.

    So yeah, that's my incredibly summarized but still probably too fucking long bit about my mental health, previously and currently. If you read it, I thank you and if you relate to it, I'm sorry but also know that it does get better.

    Edit: Also for those that might wonder, by healing together, I am four years "clean" of self-injury and three years "clean" of suicidal attempts and my daughter is two years "clean" of self-injury (with no attempts ever).
     
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