Your Motivation for January 17, 2019

Welcome back to Patient Next Door! It’s Shirley from your  Patient Next Door support team.

How often do we as human beings look at bad events in our lives as being useless wastes? My question for you today is, are they?

I put it to you that the bad times we encounter on our journey through life make the good times shine brighter and be happier.

So, when bad events happen, we should try to remember that they will not last forever and we will heal. One day the sun WILL shine again.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of PatientNextDoor. Any omissions or errors are the author’s and PatientNextDoor does not assume any liability or responsibility for them.

 

 

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Your Motivation for January 15, 2019

Hello and welcome to Tuesday. It’s Shirley from the Patient Next Door Support Team.

How many times do we get so caught up in life’s daily battles that we forget to enjoy our stay on planet Earth. Most of us are only here for around seventy years and poof! We disappear like a vapor of smoke.

Why not choose to enjoy spending your time doing the things that matter instead.

Begin by looking inside yourself for the happiness we all seem to be searching for and not rely on outside influences. Invest time relying on and building up self-confidence plus improving you are as a human being.

Next, spend your hours enjoying those whom you love and work with. They too are only vapors that will all too soon be gone.

We only have a limited number of minutes here in this existence, it’s time to savor every one of them.

Food for thought to feed the soul.

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Your Motivation for January 14, 2019

Hello again and welcome to another week. It’s Shirley from the Patient Next Door support team.

Oh, how I wish someone had told me this quote when I was in my teens and twenties. Life might have been better for me.

I remember well when I was younger that I would make a mistake or become sincerely disappointed by a curveball in my life and spend months and even years swimming in my own unnecessary soup of self-pity and self-doubt.

Now as I have grown in age and in understanding, I understand that being upset is fine. I am, as the quote says, only human. However, living in the upset for long periods of time solves nothing and only creates the perfect storm for me to live in misery.

If life has taught me anything, it is that after a major disappointment or failure the things to do are to cry it out, get back up, brush myself off and walk on.

But, I also know that I had to be ready to both hear and accept the wise words expressed in the above quote.

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Your Motivation for January 11, 2019

 

Hello again! It’s Shirley.

For too long society has made talking about someone’s mental health taboo, unless of course, it is in hushed tones at work or at home. Somehow we have come to believe that if we speak about mental illness in casual, open conversation in the light of day that we can either make that person sicker or perhaps what they have will rub off onto us.

I would like to make three statements about mental illness to clear the air.

First, let me state unequivocally that YOU CANNOT “CATCH”  a mental health disorder from someone else. Mental illness is not a virus nor is it contagious.

Second, living with a mental health disorder is NOT a death sentence and most are highly treatable.

Third, people whose lives are affected by a mental health problem need your help and support, not hushed discussions behind their back or being ignored out of fear.

Only with open and honest dialogue can we as a society defeat the brain dysfunctions that are involved in the creation of a mental health problem.

Only with open and honest dialogue can we as a society defeat childhood abuse, a major cause in the brain changes involved in the formation of many mental health problems.

And, only with open and honest dialogue can we as a society change the conversation about mental illness so that researchers can continue to understand the genetics behind many mental illnesses.

We are on the cusp of a great revolution in the treatment of mental illness. So, let’s talk.

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Your Motivation for January 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, Shirley here again. On the mend and ready to write!

Contentment. What does it meant to you?

Does contentment mean something you will have if…

…if you have enough money

…if you find the right mate

…if you live long enough

…if you fill in the blank?

I propose that contentment means a lot more and that you don’t have to wait for your if’s to happen.

Contentment means feeling satisfied and happy with your world, just as it is right now.

How can you achieve this feeling, you may be asking, if I am ill, unemployed, lonely, etc.? Perhaps instead of focusing on the things you do not have, you should focus on the things that you do.

Sit down with a piece of paper and a writing instrument, thinking about the things you have right now and write them down. Start with the simple things:

Can you see?

Can you hear?

Can you work?

Are you living inside a dwelling?

Are you warm enough?

Do you have enough to eat?

Then branch out from there.

Then, consider those who do not have the things you do. I guarantee you will soon feel grateful and content.

What’s the alternative? To live discontented and angry for your entire life because you didn’t get your ifs?

Think about that.

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Your Motivation for January 8, 2019

Hello again, it’s Shirley from the Patient Next Door Support team.

I apologize for being gone for so long, I have been very ill. Not a great way to begin the new year! However, from my illness, I have become more aware of the state of my body.

That’s where the statement in the above picture comes in.

How often do we take our physical health for granted? Especially when we are young, we think we are somehow invincible and will never sicken or die.

However, as we grow older we begin to recognize that perhaps we aren’t as invincible as we thought as aches, pains and illness begin to intrude into our reality.

It is never too late to begin to take care of your body. Never.

I began to pay closer attention to things like how often I take over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, something I had never been concerned about before.  These drugs can be dangerous to our overall health even though they are available without a prescription.

Then there was my diet. I have gained thirty pounds in the last year and had already decided before my illness to be careful what I eat and get more exercise.

Although making changes to our lifestyles may seem an intrusion, the reality is quite different. If we wish to live longer and have reasonably good health, taking care of the bodies we inhabit is key.

After all, if your body is sick, all your plans and hopes can be dashed to pieces.

Bottom line, take care of your body. Like the saying states, you only have one place to live.

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About Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?
If you are reading this article, it may be because you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There may have been an episode of mania, hypomania, depression or a mixture. There may be a lot of questions, confusion and maybe even anger. Bipolar disorder does not discriminate. Men and women can equally be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Where we live and how we were raised may have an influence on us. However, there is no specific person, place or thing to blame for having bipolar disorder.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age twenty-four. Since then, there has been a large trial and error process. There has been hospitalizations, medication, mistakes, anger, regret, happiness and sadness. The good news is, is that I have reached stability. I have been hospital free for years. That does not mean that I am cured from having bipolar disorder. It is a mental health disorder that I face everyday.
The most important thing we can do is to get properly diagnosed. For some people, it can take years to receive a correct diagnosis. In Bipolar Disorder: Love and Relationships, I go over being open and honest. I understand that this can be very difficult. However, it is very important. Let’s go with my personal and most recent example:
My family and I moved across the country for a new job opportunity. Clearly, for someone with bipolar disorder, this can create a lot of uncertainty, stress and even some triggers. One of my main stressors was the fact that I would need a new psychiatrist. I had been with my doctor for over five years. I was very stable, happy and content. Even still, I received two months of my medication and made the move across the country. Once I reached my destination, I called multiple psychiatrists. Some didn’t have open appointments and some didn’t take my insurance. One even wanted four hundred dollars up front to do my beginning paperwork. I was really starting to miss my old doctor and was very worried. I finally found a doctor that had a recent appointment and that took my insurance.
During my appointment, I was sitting in front of a new doctor and his intern. It was my time to be open and honest. He wanted me to describe myself. And my first question was do you want to know the me, stable on my medication or unstable? He wanted to know how I acted unstable. So here is my list of traits I have if I am unstable:
• Extreme mania
• Severe depression
• Psychosis
• Risky behavior
• Hypersexuality
• Lack of sleep
• Rapid speech
Needless to say, when I am not stable, I am completely disabled. My family has no choice but to hospitalize me if I do not take the proper steps for self care. I suffer from bipolar disorder type one. There are a few different types of bipolar disorder:
• Bipolar Disorder Type 1
• Bipolar Disorder Type 2
• Cyclothymic Disorder
• Mixed Features
• Rapid Cycling
These are a few of the different types. Some of us even suffer other mental health disorders along with having bipolar disorder. Here is a list of mental health disorders that could occur along side bipolar disorder:
• Anxiety
• PTSD
• Schizoaffective
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• ADHD
• OCD
• Eating Disorder
• Substance Abuse
• Alcoholism
• Addiction
• Postpartum Depression
• Seasonal Affective Disorder
There are many other disorders that could be present as well including physical ailments. It is very important for us to stay open and honest with our medical staff and to get properly diagnosed. We need to hone in on each individual disorder so we can pinpoint our symptoms. Read more in: Bipolar Disorder: Substances, Sex and Major Life Changes.

About the author:

2 Times NEW release author on Amazon. Amy Perez has a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Amy has spent hours inside mental health facilities with a first hand patient perspective. She has worked with mental health patients in Miami. Amy lives in Florida with her family and orange tabby cat.

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Twitter: @psychologyamy

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