5 Thoughts on Mental Illness (Cerebral Palsy included)
Originally Published on Aug 23, 2015; updated Oct 29, 2017.
I have some random thoughts about life for those suffering from, mental and physical problems such as myself. Reading through my older posts, I discovered this list of random thoughts I had on psychological health and musing in life. After cleaning up the grammar, the points still stick and open my eyes years later.
- People are struggling with mental illness and fight amongst each other– There is an ideological war between the mentally ill; those who are for being medicated and the ones who seek different methods as a primary source of healing. Mine just happens to be cognitive behavioral therapy, which is not perfect.
- The mental health system – In America creates an environment for sufferers to feel abandoned, and I will not partake in the games. I will, however, go to sponsored groups facilitated by people living with a mental illness like NAMI(National Alliance on Mental Illness) to help with my struggles. Learning a lot by using resources, they have offered a much better vision for me than other methods of treatments. Not that I’d advise against those!
- Sleep needs to come naturally – Don’t force rest, naturally go to sleep by your bodies whim. Try to kick anxiety, by doing activities such as volunteering, going to college, events, playing music or even voicing your own political opinion. I still wake up on time and feel refreshed but, I can do okay at work on 6 hours of sleep.
- Caffeine triggers anxiety and depression – It is my enemy, I am avoiding it. It is worse than alcohol for me, and I loathe the withdrawal headaches from it. It is like having pain that communicates to me that I need caffeine. I have to have to have to ignore it. Sometimes I will have a cheat day where I drink 1 or 2 cups of black tea that way my brain still gets the positive effects of a healthy dose of it every now and again, but the days of drinking 2 liters of Mountain Dew are over forever!
- My Cerebral palsy – linked to social issues, anxiety issues, and other issues. I sway back and forth, I rock back and forth, I suck my thumb when I am nervous, I bite my nails, and I chew my facial hair. I pick which helps with the spasms. Alcohol calms my central nervous system. I was told by my neurologist to drink a beer each day, so my central nervous system can be depressed enough to settle down. Running into these issues has brought me to the sensory issues and hope people can understand one day.
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– Colorful Asylum