If I can't avoid shopping with a crowd around, my PSR suggested I pick up a good magazine up front and take it with me around the store and put it back when I check out. That's the way I get to read the beautiful, expensive magazines. Otherwise I'm a tad sad to not be able to buy those priced at $15.99. The cereal isle used to be a war zone to me. Now I can just wait till the crowd in front of me and behind me to clear.View Thread
I try to keep up, but there is so little beyond getting the right meds, sleep regularly, avoid triggers... But I can swear by yoga. There is also a newish treatment called eye desensitization therapy. The therapist has has a certificate to practice it for there is a lot to it. If you are ruminating on the same topics over and over for a long time...months or years, it can break the habit. In only two sessions perhaps 20% of my obsessive thinking went somewhere where there was no pain. And I didn't know til then that I was still in the rejecting stage of my diagnosis. I didn't know that. I also highly recommend music. Perhaps songs that are like the feeling you have right now.. then change the songs to something healthy. If you love jazz or Korean or classical or spiritual fill your life with it. Take it with you on a walkman when you walk if you are still troubled when you go for a walk. Mania. My counselor suggested I hit a ball as hard as I can, but the weather here doesn't permit it often, and I wish, oh how I wish, that I had wood to chop. It would make me fit, get something worthwile done and get rid of my impatience and grief and self sadness/hate and grief. I highly recommend good sleep, don't change your med without the help of your doctors, do yoga, listen to your favorite music and chop wood. If you need it in the winter, then some sort of light therapy. Anything I've missed? Acupucture? Never, never ever do hypnosis. You open up everything and you completerly overload and can damage yourself horribly.View Thread
Years ago, I asked my Psychiatrist if he wasn't nervous with all these psychotic people, bipolar 1 included, on the road, driving. He said simply, "no". I do find that when driving I don't get truly hypo-manic or manic or terribly depressed. I do get anxious in heavy traffic, but not horribly. Is it the movement? Would a hammock do any good? Or a waterbed? Any thoughts?View Thread
I have a PSR that comes with me for short trips to the grocery store. It's odd that I'd have to think about boundries and not crossing them. It bugs me that kids have to be so uncomfortable for so long in the late evenings in stores like Walmart. But if there is nobody to babysit there isn't much the parents can do I suppose. My mom never let me fuss in stores when I got tired, we just kept going with me scared to open my mouth, so I grieve for the kids that are crying, trying to keep up. It's like it's own town with distracted people so close but avoiding eye contact. What an odd thing it is to be in a city.View Thread
It's about a relationship. No need to get into something that distracts you from the best. If people turn you off from a friendship with the creator you might find other people or just begin again. No heartache over other people's assessment.View Thread
My triggers. The F word. When a case worker in the Psych unit in the hospital started using it..I went off. And there was a guy detoxing from alcohol and was pacing up and down the halls cussing and cussing loudly the first 3 days in the unit. I asked the doctor if there was something to be done. When he said no I was nonplussed.
The cashier that speaks out, "open over here!" Gah! The checker is supposed to go to the person at the front of the line and take the front of the cart over to the newly openned register.
I have addressed the local grocery stores about... Albertson's had teenage boys walk as fast as possible with a dry mop, swinging around the corners. They don't do that now what I've written about the problems of people with disabilities.
Rules. People are supposed to know my rules... but it's better now. No need to hurry at the grocery store. Just a very bad habit. If I go to yoga the world is a nicer place and I'm nicer. I'm much nicer now. The stupid mania... if I've got it, I've got to just get out and physically get exhausted. I wish I had a woodpile to chop away until the mania goes away.View Thread
There is so much to be careful about. I once had a headcold so terrible that I risked taking a tablespoon of tylenol cold medicine...the next thing I know, the milk is sour, my fingernails were longer and all the cracks in my ceiling were patched.. I lost an entire 6 days. My apartment manager not only had the ceiling cracks patched up, but calking that I don't think I needed and apparently I'd been in the hospital a couple of those days and I'd asked him to change the cat litter... oy..just a tablespoon. At least my bank account hadn't changed or any dents in my car. I imagine myself stumbling around with slurred speech.
The pharmasists where I go are not all that great about being careful of what not to mix. I ask before I get something new.. but I'm not altogether trusting of their approval of over the counter remedies.View Thread