Word Press Post A Day – If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?
If money was out of the question, I think I would work. Maybe not a lot, but I would work.
I’m on disability right now. In fact I haven’t worked since 2012. Right now, I don’t even think I could work yet.
I wish I could work though. I wish I was able to be out there, be around people, do something with my day, be productive, feel like I was contributing to society, making a difference.
At this point, even getting out to volunteer hasn’t been possible. So I can’t feel any of those things.
My bipolar has finally stabilized quite a bit thanks to my medication, so the highs and lows are not as bad. My borderline personality is getting better. My PTSD and social anxiety is out of control though at this point. Most people would brush this off as no big deal. Surely you can still work! Those that have been there understand though, or I hope they understand.
Even if money wasn’t an issue – I got no money, not a lot of money, or a ton of money — I would love to work. I don’t think I would work a lot. I would work enough though. Enough to give me a routine. A routine if what I need. A routine is important to my life. It grounds me. It actually helps me, but until I can keep commitments and not get overwhelmed and handle social situations and relationships with others and not be so depressed that I miss a ton of work or attempt suicide and end up in the hospital from the overwhelming situations or depression — until then, even if a routine from work would help me — it just wouldn’t be possible.
I am signed up with my states vocational rehab. They would be able to work with me, set me up with a job coach and put me in a program to work with me . They are so backed up with other people though that I am on a wait list. They are only now getting people off the list from a year ago…..
This is a project by Dese’Rae L. Stage – about suicide awareness. She interviews those who have attempted suicide and survived. She talks to them, gets their stories, and photographs them. She also has Bipolar 2 and is a survivor of suicide and self injury as well.
Per her website, her project is about:
The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors—people who look just like you. These feelings could affect your mom, your partner, or your brother, and the fear of talking about it can be a killer.
You can find her website at: Live Through This
Be proud of who you are and everything you have overcome.
How do you talk about trauma?
How do you talk about childhood sexual abuse? Or childhood abuse? Or rape at any age – childhood or adult? Or any type of crime that has been committed against you?
It is important to be open with you counselor, I understand that. I have an absolutely amazing therapist! She makes me feel comfortable and I feel like she would understand and believe what I told her.
I do not know how to talk to her though. I have written a few things, but even with that, it is hard. I cannot go into details about things. Writing or saying things just makes it real. I don’t want it to be real. I know it is real though – and I just want it to all go away. It won’t though, and it haunts me, and until I deal with it — I am always going to feel bad and have these flashbacks and nightmares and want to hurt myself and die as much as I do. I know I have bipolar and borderline personality along with my PTSD. But I know if I deal with this PTSD, my symptoms will go down much more.
How does everyone else talk about their traumas? Or just talk in general? How do you let our your feelings, your frustrations, your thoughts? I’m so scared to. I want to. I think about it over and over in my head because therapy. All week sometimes. I go in there with what I want to say. I have rehearsed it in my mind. Then, when I want to say it, my mouth can’t. It is like it is all jumbled up.
I have gotten better about opening up. But not about much. It is never going to go away unless I talk. I know that. She has told me. I believe her. I just don’t know how to. This is the first time I have ever face this stuff in therapy. I have told her more than I have told anyone else. I have gotten a lot out, but there is so much more.
So, how do you all do it? How do you talk in therapy? If you have been through abuse, sexual abuse, rape – anything like that – how do have you been able to talk about it? Even if you haven’t been through any type of abuse — how do you talk in therapy, how do you let out your emotions?
Word Press Post A Day – What are some (or one) of the things about which you usually don’t trust your own judgment, and need someone’s else’s confirmation?
Second opinions and getting someone else’s confirmation. What would “so and so tell you about that” or “why would you ask me?” are two common statements and responses I get from people. I either need a second opinion and didn’t know it, oops — or I want a second opinion and I guess I shouldn’t need it?
I need a second opinion on a lot of things I do, but I don’t generally get it. Being bipolar – I can be pretty impulsive when I am manic or depressed. I go on wild spending sprees when manic– which I could definitely have someone around to ask me – “Hey, do you really need that, are you going to have enough money in your bank account if you buy that, in fact how about you just put that down.” When I am depressed, thoughts of suicide swarm my head and for years I would just impulsively do it. Again, having that second opinion – “Is this really what you want, what are the consequences, what if you fail and have a horrible life of pain because of how you did it, or what if you succeed and everyone around you hurts because of it?”
On the important things, I never get second opinions. Then there is this whole thing that comes along with my borderline personality – where I can’t really decide on my identity and my social anxiety and PTSD where I always want to make people happy though. So if someone asks me a question, I am completely indecisive. Maybe this, maybe that —- I don’t know, what do you want, what do you think? It’s up to you. Please give me your opinion! I don’t want to make the decision! I don’t think my decision is the right one.
I think talking things through with others is a good idea. Of course, we should be able to logically think things thought on our own in simple cases, where to eat, what to do for the day etc. Although I even have trouble with that because of my mental health issues, but it is just something I need to work on. But when it comes to bigger issues – not even just related to suicide or manic episodes, but anything that we don’t fully comprehend ourselves or think we logically understand but everyone around us tells us otherwise – they tell us we are doing the wrong thing – perhaps we should sit down and think about, focus on it and get that second opinion from someone, perhaps a third and fourth.
And no, just because the majority of people tell you something, it does not mean it is right for you. For example, if you are fighting cancer and think it is time to stop, you know your body more than anyone else. But, it also helps to get that second opinion.
I wish I would have reached out and talked to people before going out and doing my crazy impulsive behaviors related to my bipolar and I hope I do reach out the next time it happens. So far, I have been good about doing that related to any suicidal thoughts. I hope I can relax on being so indecisive and be more confident in my decisions so I don’t need second opinions on if I picked the right place to eat or go to etc.
Word Press Post A Day – When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.
I am sure that there are many times I have fixed things in an unorthodox way. I was a very creative kid. I went to Math, Science, Technology Magnet schools. We were taught all sorts of critical thinking schools. In nursing school you are taught critical thinking skills and to think outside of the box to help patients and solve problems. I have had to come up with ways to fix all sorts of things with unconventional methods.
I hate the term, “When life gives you lemons just make lemonade” though! No, when life gives you lemons you can’t always just turn the situation around. Sometimes life gives you lemons and it just sucks! You have to just take it, know that it sucks, let yourself feel those emotions that it sucks, and acknowledge that it sucks. You have a right to feel those thoughts and feelings and emotions. Why do people always have to tell us to get over it, move on, just fix it? I know we cannot wallow in it or ruminate on the problem or have pity party – of course not. But what we feel is what we feel and we have the right to feel those emotions. There is no reason that when something bad happens in our life that we should not be allowed to express that. If something bad happens, let me feel like shit. Stop telling me to just go make lemonade. I don’t want to make lemonade. I want to be pissed off for a while. Once I work through those emotions then perhaps I would have squeezed through enough of those lemons with my anger and frustration that the lemonade will appear and I might have bought some sugar at the store to add to it.
Pushing the bad stuff that happens to me to the back of my mind and never dealing with it, just makes it come back 10x harder later on in life. It builds up in me and eventually comes out as anger or resentment towards others. So no, no I am not just going to make lemonade or something else when life gives me lemons. Not right away anyway. Perhaps you will get some lemonade over time, a cup at a time over a while. But you aren’t going to be getting a jar of it all at once and I surely wont be setting up a lemonade stand making any money off of it.