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    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 17th Mar 16, 5:23 PM
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    Waves and Smiles
    Here we can all be heard for a little while. Part 3
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    • 17th Mar 16, 5:23 PM
    Here we can all be heard for a little while. Part 3 17th Mar 16 at 5:23 PM
    This thread is a continuation of The Mental Health thread “Here we can all be heard for a little while Part 2”. The previous thread can be found here-

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5320917&page=501

    I started the original thread when I was lonely and suffering with mental health issues and was lucky to find a wonderful group of amazing new friends who now mean the world to me. My name was Worried and Scared back then but with the help of everyone here I became Waves and Smiles. This thread is no longer just about me, it is about all of us and for anyone who needs mental health support, their carers and anyone who is interested in learning more. Sometimes we speak seriously, sometimes we offer gentle advice and a lot of the time we laugh together. Sometimes I write mini-novels about my experiences of living with complex mental illness. What is important is everyone here is there for each other. New posters are welcome to join in, or just lurk (we call them humming birds because they hover!) if they would prefer. This is a place without judgement or pressure, and a safe place for everyone. We try to keep abbreviations to a minimum but if there are some that you do not understand please ask.

    Sir Pugliet is our Good Mental Health pug! You may notice that he is mentioned from time to time, he is a little cuddly pug toy that was sent to me by a friend on the thread. He is something of a celebrity now!


    Hugs and warm handshakes, or finger squishes, whichever you prefer.

    Also, please take a look at the following links which offer great advice written by the lovely people at MSE!

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/family/2016/03/martin-lewis-launches-new-money--mental-health-policy-institute

    http://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2016/05/16/the-money-and-mental-health-policy-institute-whatll-it-really-do

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/mental-health-guide
    Last edited by Waves and Smiles; 17-05-2016 at 10:29 AM.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
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    • whitewing
    • By whitewing 9th Apr 17, 9:22 AM
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    Faerie, what an uplifting post. I can feel your sunshine from here.
    When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of "Me too!" be sure to cherish them. Because these weirdos are your true family.
    • Gingernutty
    • By Gingernutty 9th Apr 17, 11:34 AM
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    There's nothing like the adrenaline rush and sense of wellbeing after something you've been dreading goes better than you expect.

    Well done Faerielight!
    Don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway...
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 9th Apr 17, 2:30 PM
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    faerie, that is a lovely post and I hope everything works out for you, now. Sorry I've been so quiet - it was an exhausting Aintree and I didn't realise I've been off this thread for THREE WHOLE DAYS!

    Love and squishes to all ~~~~~~
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    • Penitent
    • By Penitent 9th Apr 17, 3:27 PM
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    The house guests are now gone. Things were definitely easier this time, so I'm really glad I (wo)manned up and explained I'd need space, instead of trying to be sociable and ending up ill again. I'm hoping this bodes well for the next visit. I seem to do better if I can watch TV or a film with them so I feel under less pressure to speak (and don't have to worry about saying the wrong thing).

    Now that they're gone, I'm having this weird feeling where the house feels a bit alien and I think I'm vibrating on a frequency only dogs can hear. I'm also knackered and a bit teary. I've gone back to bed for a couple of hours until I readjust.
    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 9th Apr 17, 5:15 PM
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    That is lovely, Faerie! I am so happy for you, it sounds as if you have found peace. Rest now and get your strength back.

    Well done Penitent, you did it! If you are anything like me you will feel shaky for a while so lots of self-care is needed! It is over, you can breathe again.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 9th Apr 17, 6:04 PM
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    Penguin to Faerie:

    I'm so glad you had your experience with the vicar, what a kind, sensitive and perceptive man he must be. And just remember, if things are ever too awful, that you now have someone there who empathises, someone who you can share with and who will understand.

    Don't ever think there is no-one, regardless of how you family treat you.

    Wishing you well.

    End Penguin
    To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten it
    'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it': C.S. Lewis
    St. Augustine — 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'
    • faerielight
    • By faerielight 9th Apr 17, 6:38 PM
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    thank you everyone!! I feel strong, and def more at peace, but do feel some sorrow today, and absolute exhaustion, but it's to be expected
    Many thanks to all who contribute on MSE
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 9th Apr 17, 7:10 PM
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    Penitent - what you are saying sounds terribly terribly like the experience of a friend of mine who has just been diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum. Whether or not you have any elements of this, have you tried lying under a weighted blanket? I know my friend finds this very comforting.

    If anyone is interested in reading her blog, it is at https://finallyknowingme.wordpress.com/ (I may have already said this, in which case apologies.)
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    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 9th Apr 17, 7:56 PM
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    Thank you for the link JM! I have saved it and will check it daily. I read a few posts and found it really inspiring and wonderfully human, please tell your friend that from me.

    Hello SDW! We miss you!
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • Penitent
    • By Penitent 9th Apr 17, 9:29 PM
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    Waves and Smiles - I could do with a couple of "days off" from people to get my head straight, but I need to call the Dreaded DWP tomorrow and renovation resumes the day after. Thankfully, our contractor understands that I need to pretend he isn't there, so he only shouts me when he's finished or really needs something. Definitely going to be having a long "people break" once he's finished that room.

    jobbingmusician - I'm not autistic, I just have a small collection of mental illnesses that make social contact harder than it should be. In my case, I find retreating to a small, dark space (a wardrobe, under a desk, etc.) comforting. I suspect a weighted blanket would be the end of me in this heat.
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 9th Apr 17, 10:13 PM
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    Oops, I hadn't thought about the heat aspect A small dark space does sound nice though <3
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    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 10th Apr 17, 9:51 AM
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    I have had a very exciting weekend, I have been driven around in a tank and shot some clay pigeons - apparently they are actually made out of tarmac not clay!

    Let's just ignore the hangover

    HBS x
    I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.

    #JC4PM
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 10th Apr 17, 11:11 AM
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    Thank you for the link JM! I have saved it and will check it daily. I read a few posts and found it really inspiring and wonderfully human, please tell your friend that from me.

    Hello SDW! We miss you!
    Originally posted by Waves and Smiles
    I am lurking a lot But thanks for the kind words!
    To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten it
    'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it': C.S. Lewis
    St. Augustine — 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'
    • whitewing
    • By whitewing 10th Apr 17, 2:18 PM
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    I am watching the news. My thoughts are with the police and the family - keep them safe - and I hope the beautiful ceremony brings peace to all.

    So sad that we all understand the enormous pain, but we also understand that there is joy and laughter in the future too, although it can't feel like that.

    Hope you all are okay, thread friends.
    When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of "Me too!" be sure to cherish them. Because these weirdos are your true family.
    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 10th Apr 17, 6:01 PM
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    I hate reoccuring bad dreams and practically every dream I have is one of them. I am sick of reliving my past every night with new twists on it, I wake up every morning shaking and feeling horrible. It is frustrating to say the least. The high antipsychotic dose before bed is supposed to help control it, I hate to imagine what it would be like without them. It takes until the afternoon every day to feel better.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 10th Apr 17, 8:53 PM
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    I haven't done a long post for while but here is one about disordered thinking in Schizophrenia. I am struggling with it today and it might help someone, it will help me by writing it out.

    Schizophrenia is characterised by disorganised thinking. The best way I can describe this is imagine 10 tvs on 10 different channels playing all at once. Your task is then to make sense of the information each channel is giving you. It is relentless and like this from the moment you wake until the moment you sleep. The programmes change on the channels too sometimes within minutes so they can be about many different things throughout the day.

    There are constant thoughts about all kinds of things flooding your brain, one thing this does is make completing tasks very hard because you try to concentrate on one while there is all of this other input. I can manage at the most two tasks at once on a good day, if I try more than that my mind freezes and I become locked up. This means I cannot physically move, I cannot formulate a clear thought to raise my arm or take a step, in fact if I try to take a step I will likely fall over because there are so many other thoughts that my brain cannot complete the task. Although Catatonic Schizophrenia looks very still it is incredibly busy in your brain, you have thoughts firing constantly with utter confusion and you are unable to pick a clear thought out of it even to tell you to move a finger.

    Because I am high functioning I am able to use thought-blocking techniques to combat some of this. For example, I can imagine the thought I want to follow physically growing larger in my brain while the others shrink (I see the thoughts as words on a piece of paper and imagine the paper growing larger). Another technique I use is to raise my arm rigidly in the air and I shout stop, the action and the word allow a reset in my brain which momentarily blocks the thoughts and allows me to start again. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful psychiatrist who taught me these methods of control.

    However, there are still things I cannot do. I cannot have a tv on often because the voices add to the thoughts and they start swirling around my brain too, I usually sit in silence. The same goes for audio books or music with lyrics. Following conversation can be very hard face to face. I cannot walk and talk at the same time, I will simply forget the conversation or fall straight over my feet because there is so much else filling up my brain. I can usually only manage to do one thing at a time, I can only bring one task into focus, anything else gets lost in amongst all the other thoughts. This severely limits what I can achieve and can be dangerous if it involves things like remembering to both turn off an oven and remove food, There have been many occasions where I will turn off the oven then take the dish out with my bare hands because using an oven glove gets lost in all of the other thoughts. My mind says take the food out but use an oven glove gets lost somewhere under cats are cute, the sky is blue today, I have an itch, I need to brush my teeth, umbrellas keep you dry, my t shirt is green,etc. These random thoughts are with me all the time all pushing to be heard.

    It is exhausting physically and mentally and it never stops. It is never quiet. Some days are better than others, I hope for the thoughts at least to be linking to each other so that there is a pattern I can follow. Today is particularly hard.
    Last edited by Waves and Smiles; 10-04-2017 at 9:05 PM.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • whitewing
    • By whitewing 10th Apr 17, 8:56 PM
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    Incredibly well-explained, WaS.
    When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of "Me too!" be sure to cherish them. Because these weirdos are your true family.
    • tea lover
    • By tea lover 10th Apr 17, 9:15 PM
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    Thank you so much for that WaS. Your explanations are some of the clearest writing I've ever seen, it's so informative.
    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 10th Apr 17, 9:37 PM
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    Aww, thank you. It helped me to write it, it is a relief to focus on one thing. I suddenly thought that people probably think schizophrenics in a catatonic episode are 'missing' or just not there and in an empty part of the brain. It couldn't be further from the truth. When a freeze is triggered there are an incredible amount of thoughts rushing through your brain and utter panic because you cant hold one of them for long enough to make yourself even lift your hand. It is anything but still inside your mind and you are still very much there, just completely lost in chaos. It feels very frightening and very active.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 10th Apr 17, 9:53 PM
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    I do love your explanatory posts, WaS - I learn LOADS from them! Thank you xxxx
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