Update

Hi all!

I would like to apologize for the lack of posts lately. I am trying to juggle my last semester as a college student, an internship, and my own depression. I can’t guarantee a regular post, but hopefully I’ll be able to post enough for my lovely followers!

Stay tuned for a self-harm care package post, and a post about the importance of trigger warnings.

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Getting Help

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Hello my lovely bloggers,

Yep, I’ve been away from my blog way too much lately and was hoping to be back blogging this week.

Well, I am back – but not in a way I thought I would be. I went to see my psychiatrist today and we made the decision to admit me into hospital tomorrow morning (being yesterday, now). It’s not where I want to be but I have to be honest to my readers and to myself. And the truth is I just can’t make it alone right now. I kind of need a breather from life and need to get my head back down to earth and out of the hell it’s taking me into. I adore my sons, family, friends and the blogging community and this is the right course of action for me to be healthy. I’ve said it many times before that Bipolar…

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Blog Reflection

As the semester comes to a close, I decided to make a reflection to see where I’ve come with this blog and what I got out of it.

Note: Not sure if it’s just my computer, but this video was kind of loud. Headphones aren’t recommended.

Also: I apologize if the video looks like it was edited in 3 minutes (because it was). I have a lot of deadlines I need to meet, so I just kind of rushed with this video.

Thanks again to everyone who has stuck with me since the beginning! Your support means a lot! Stay strong!

-Brittany

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Understanding depression

“Just because someone with depression has a better day, doesn’t mean that person got BETTER. A day can still be gray without any rain.”

 

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Shifting The Goal Posts Is Okay

Infinite Sadness... or hope?

Recently I have seen a  number of statements and general topics on social media formats which show what I see as a resignation by sufferers of mental illnesses to a belief that the point at which they are now is where they’re going to be for life.  Examples of statements include:

“It’s beyond happiness now, I just have to exist”

“Getting better is no longer an option”

“I will be depressed for the rest of my life.”

I am the first to say that I have been at that point myself.  Ten years ago I simply believed that happiness was not an option for me, and that yes, how my life was then would be how it always would be.

Nothing took away any sense of hope more than these statements.  Actually there was no hope (in my mind) , and I was simply existing.  If I had read a post like…

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“Mental illness…

“Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening.”

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Misconception about self-harm: #1

#1: Everyone who self-harms is suicidal.

People often associate self harm with attempted suicide, or a suicidal state-of-mind, however this is rarely the case. People suffering emotional distress may feel suicidal, but turning to self- harm is a coping mechanism and its function is predominantly to prevent suicide, rather than being a suicide attempt.  Self-harm is seen as an outlet

One of the most common misconceptions is that self-injury is the same thing as suicide. Suicide is the intentional act of killing one’s self. Suicide is a purposeful end to one’s life, while self-injury is most typically performed as an act of self-preservation, an act to sustain life. In basic terms, self-injury is a method of coping.

Self-injury generally provides temporary relief to intense emotional pain. Suicide is obviously a permanent solution to emotional and/or physical suffering. The damage done from self-injurious behaviors typically does not require medical intervention and is rarely lethal. Most of the people who intentionally hurt themselves never seek medical treatment and keep their injuries hidden. Those who attempt suicide often need medical intervention and the results of the suicide attempt are intended to be lethal.

Some individuals that self harm may go on to complete a suicide attempt. It is unlikely however that self harm is the cause of such suicidal feelings. It is far more likely to be due to the reasons triggering the self harm, such as abuse, bullying, financial worries etc. rather than an extension of the self harm itself

According to the National Self-Harm Network: A survey of 758 respondents carried out by NSHN showed that only 4% of these individuals stated that it was suicidal feelings that led to any of their individual incidents of self harm (Figures correct to August 2009). The feelings most often reported were self hatred, anger, frustration, worthlessness.

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Blog Update 4/22/14

Hi everyone! Again, sorry for not posting in a while. This time however, it has nothing to do with anything negative like the last update. (I’m actually doing really well right now, and that particular bad wave of depression seems to have passed for now). I’ve been really busy with all these end-of-the-year assignments I have been bombarded with, and I will try to post more often. Expect a few posts today and tomorrow!

Thanks again to everyone who has stuck with me since February. I really appreciate all the support and positive feedback!

 

-Brittany

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