I just learned that the daughter of a very good friend of mine had to be forcibly hospitalized after experiencing some form of psychosis. At this point, I don’t know too many of the details, but from what I understand she had to call the police to have her taken away. Certainly not the way that you want to get help for a friend or family member. Sometimes, however, symptoms can become serious enough and can crop up without warning and you have little choice but to seek whatever immediate help is available to you. This is an extremely difficult choice for anyone but you have to know that, in wellness, the person who you are forced to commit are usually able to see the reasons why you have taken the steps that you did. Read more
I very recently had an appointment with a psychologist for the first time in a super long time. It is highly recommended that you engaged in some kind of psychotherapy if you are dealing with mental illness, however, this type of therapy is not covered in Ontario.. so some of us must go without.
As I’ve mentioned over my last several posts, I have been struggling a great deal with my sleeping schedule lately, and this day was no different.
By the time we got to Niagara, where my appointment was to take place, I was nearing almost 20hrs without sleep.. again. I could feel myself slurring when I spoke of symptoms, which isn’t representative of how I have been feeling lately, because truthfully, I’ve been feeling really good.
Blarg… You may have noticed that the tickety blog site was down this week. If you did, that means you’re reading.. Hooray!! Somehow, the site was literally deleted from my host somehow. Whether it is apparent or not, I have invested probably over 100 hours on this site and when I was informed of it’s mysterious deletion, I was devastated.
My social worker, the marvellous Melinda, had been trying to show the site to some of her colleagues over at the Parkdale Recreation and Activity Centre and discovered a placeholder where tickety should’ve been. Read more
Most of us feel the pressures of other people’s expectations of us. Even when we say that we don’t care, I can say that with quite a lot of certainty, that there was probably at least some point in your life where these expectations weighed heavily on your heart.
We know that we shouldn’t care what other people think of us, but it is very often difficult not to care, especially when you are talking about friends and family members. Read more
I was a little short on posts last week and I feet it necessary to offer some explanation as to the reason for my absence in posting.This is a super new blog and I absolutely don’t want to get into the habit, this early in the game, being a no-show for any new readers who may be finding my blathering relevant to them.
If you are someone who may have noticed my absence, then I thank you so much for caring. It really means so much to me.
Let me start by saying that I am feeling mentally fine and that, thankfully, it hasn’t been an issue of mental health that has kept me away.
In fact, I guess you could say that the exact opposite is true.
There are times when medication alone is not effective in the treatment of mental illness. That is why throughout this blog you will hear me talking a great deal about the benefits of mindfulness, CBT, DBT & etc.
There are still times for many individuals when these conventional therapies, matched with medications does not completely ease the symptoms of mental illness. Read more