Posts in category "recovery"

I blame Effexor for the teeth dreams

I had a dream last night that my back lower right molars were falling out and getting loose and rattling around in my mouth like marbles and I was trying to speak like that one scene in My Fair Lady. The rain stays mainly on the plain, and teeth stay mainly in my mouth. Except... Read more »

It's not too late to treat seasonal affective disorder

It's not too late to treat seasonal affective disorder
It creeps on slowly, like cold molasses, enveloping me with its sticky heavy opacity. I kept trying to get away, stem the flow, but it started catching up with me. Is it possible have PTSD about depression? I remember the darkness, the self-doubt, the anxiety, the desire to hurt myself. And the darkness remembers me.... Read more »

My life in psychotropic meds - Mental Health Awareness Week

Okay, Ativan may not exactly be psychotropic, but it sure helps. I was first prescribed this in high school/college as a migraine treatment. I would have these weird migraines where I'd be dizzy and sensitive to light, but not have pain. Docs thought this might help. I took it one day while at work, and it didn't do squat for the migraine. It did, however, bring sweet relaxation to me. It felt so good. All the stress and anxiety of dad's moods eased up, and I felt how wonderful life could be. I recognized the addictive factor to it, and swore to use only for migraines. I made the mistake of telling my mom about the relaxation effect, because she took it and put it in their medicine cabinet where I'd have to ask for it if I needed one. It made me feel shameful and untrustworthy, and so I rarely asked for it even when I needed it.
Because I very nearly forgot that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, I hereby humbly submit my own journey through the wonderful world of psychotropics (which, for better or for worse, did not involve any psychedelics.) Seriously, meds help. Some can get by without them. Others need a little help. Some need it for a... Read more »
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Being grounded, yoga-style

Being grounded, yoga-style
Being grounded as an adult is so completely different from the definition of being grounded as a child.  As a kid, it’s a punishment. As an adult, it’s necessary to mental health. I have such a hard time understanding the concept of being grounded, though. I understand the principles of it, and the benefits. But... Read more »