I saw this tag on Jenny in Neverland and I knew that I had to do it! I’m very open about my mental health, but I’ve never really given a broad overview of it before. So here we are, my Mental Health Blog Tag!
What is your mental health issue?
Do you have medication and/or therapy?
Both. The first time I went on medication for anxiety, my family care doctor put me on propranolol, which did help a bit (but mostly just made me act super high). Then we stopped going to that doctor because he told my mom I was a hypochondriac who hated school, and was just making everything up. Then I started seeing a therapist, and she referred me to a psychiatrist who started trying different medications until we found the ones I’m on now, which are managing everything better.
What therapy/medication have you tried and have any worked for you?
I’ve pretty much tried everything, no joke. But right now, the ones that are working for me, are the ones I’ve listed below.
- Sertraline (a generic version of Zoloft)
How long have you had problems for?
I first went to a therapist when I was four, and she told my mom I was one of the strangest kids she had ever met, and that no four year old should be as good at manipulating people as I was. This was just after my parents divorced, and I learned all those tricks from my father (who is a large source of my anxiety).
Do your family/friends know?
Yes. At first I tried very hard to hide it, but soon I began to realize that A) it wasn’t really possible, and b) there was no reason to.
Does this affect your work and daily living?
I lost a job over the summer (well, I had to quit) because of my mental illness. My manager was very unresponsive when I tried to explain my mental illness. When I said – offhandedly – that turning up the volume on the pager messed with my PTSD, one of the managers just turned it louder and started calling me more, because she thought it was funny to watch me jump and drop things.
What makes you feel calm?
Reading. Hot tea. A cat purring. Listening to podcasts.
What do you do in crisis?
I try to get away. I don’t know if this is the best coping technique, but because a lot of my anxiety is triggered by large crowds, I try to find somewhere with fewer people. Sometimes I just shut myself in the bathroom with my phone.
What advice would you give to others suffering?
The best technique (other than MEDICATION which you should try, PLEASE see a therapist!) is to sit down and list everything around me.
- I’m sitting on the couch
- I’m wearing fuzzy purple leggings
- My cat is beside me
- There’s a pillow on the floor
And so on and so forth. It really helps me to visualize what I’m dealing with.
What makes you smile?
My cats and my BFF.
Describe your mental health issue in 5 words –
If you have any questions about my mental health or want any advice or support for yours, please do leave a comment below.