Tag Archive | Mental Health

Daily Prompt: Blogger With a Cause ( Mental Health and Homelessness)

If your day-to-day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HELP.

Mental Health Issues and  The Homeless

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What would I do???

That’s the question of course!

I might have the time… but, in all things money is needed…

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I guess I would have to start small

maybe volunteer at the half way homes for those having troubles… be there to talk to those who have no one… play games with them u10306372cook with them u15063642just listen!k15019591

I’ve heard the homeless people get afriad to go to shelters and such…k5562719

but, ideally I would love to have a place to take as many in as I could accommodate…

Give them a clean bedk8572483 … hot water for bathingk14636196 … some good smelling soap to wash with and do their hair…

A good hot meal…  x23081548

Reading time… k6499144telling or reading them a story…

asking for their imput!… which is probably rare!… their suggestions on what would help them…

These are things that people do every day… but, not me… so this is what I would love to THROW myself into if able…

I heard about someone making up Packets of needful things and having them in your car… and if an opportunity came by … you would have them to share…

1 gallon zip lock baggies with : k8459498

toothpaste k1500945

toothbrush

bar of soap u17883316

band aids k10764653

nutrition bars k6215615

deodorant k9495784

comb k14265083

gum  k15634998

notepad / pencil or pen k14305016

change… maybe $3.00 – $5.00 k14069548

Tampons for women k3474274

shaving cream /razor for men k9026412

small package tissues k0622102

hat k4577068

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gloves  k3252884

scarf

handkerchief k7873251

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I’m sure you could think of other things…

But, this is something I think I will do…

It would be a start !

Daily Prompt: Back To School

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MASTERY.

I would like to take classes in Art Therapy

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The following statements pretty much sum up why I would like to do this…

The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, and personal growth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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“Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practised by qualified, registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

http://www.baat.org/

I worked with mentally handicapped children for 30 + years… and in doing so … I would often use my natural talent of Art  to work with these “special” kids

I saw that through the process of art which can include drawing, painting, coloring, creatingmoods/behaviors changed… self-confidence was built… and a calmness came into the bodies of these children…

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A feeling of pride emerged… and I… in turn… learned about them

their needs…

their desires…

their wants…

their talents…

Being able to contribute to these changes… by doing something I loved to begin with… was so rewarding and fulfilled a small part of my dream…

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Going back to school and mastering the techniques needed to fulfill this wish… would make my life pretty complete!

http://youtu.be/exRRwiIFNUU               Video: Wonderful info on what ART THERAPIST do all over the world!

Bipolar…Psychosis???

“And it’s worth noting that even after treatment, when reality has been
asserted, it’s still hard for the person who suffered from psychosis to tell the
difference between what happened to them via psychosis and what reality was. In other words, their beliefs were so strongly held that they seemed real even
after they knew that they were not.”

 From Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder by Natasha Tracyk12278380

Trying to Find Stability and a New Normal
This is a quote from her post:
…a life in between reality and what’s in my head, each and every day.
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The following taken from:
From Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder by Natasha Tracy
Psychosis is the presence of hallucinations and/or delusions. Hallucinations are often thought of as seeing things that aren’t there, but actually,
“hallucinations” refers to sensing anything that isn’t there using any sense
(smell, sight, sound, touch and taste). Delusions, on the other hand, are false
beliefs that are held in spite of evidence to the contrary.
For example, a person suffering from delusions may think that they are the Queen of Egypt. And when I say this belief is held, I mean it is held just as strongly as I believe the sky is blue.
Psychosis often presents in a way that horrendously frightens the patient such
as believing that there are bombs in the walls of his or her house.
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They say this is not a symptom of Bipolar II
which is what my son was diagnosed… but, I saw symptoms of this…
For him to overcome and be the man he is… is outstanding
I feel for him every day for what he dealt with and unknowing to me… may deal with still…
I see no signs of this… but, I feel his pain
The lost years due to this horrific disease
I ask for people to read of ailments of your loved ones… learn what it entails before judging… have patience and love… instead of excluding them…
They are wonderful people made by God too!

Not Giving Up!

I was reading a  by a fellow blogger about not giving up… I’ve never actually written anything about my son… He is private … and I have learned to  this… Private in that he hates the disease he was handed…

I hate it also!… It has been such a trial for both of us…

You see… he has bi-polar disorder 

Not something he asked for…

Not something I wanted for my sweet curly-headed little boy…

Not something we could quite put a finger on when he was growing up…

Not something that is pleasant

Not something as he has said… that I would wish  on anyone!…

Not something that is curable

Not something that goes away

Not something that is easily diagnosed…

Not something that others understand 

Not something that medications  always help…

It is something that completely destroys families  at times…

It is something that changes your moods … and is described as riding a roller coaster every day…

It is something that makes you feel like a time bomb  is inside…

It is something that builds up anger  in you at times…

It is so humiliating at times…

It is the worst feeling you can have…

It is never-ending

It is not understood  by others…

It is a trial and error  when finding the right medications that work…

It is a taking disease

It takes away your confidence

It takes away your chances for a happy life

It takes away your abilities to socialize

It takes away your want to live

Yes, we have been down a long road … 40 years of questions…

Not getting the help  that was needed…

Not finding someone who really cared …

Not finding someone who actually understood  the pain involved…

Not knowing from day-to-day what it was going to be like

Then a revelation!

I can’t fix this!…

I turned to God … and said,

“YOU have to take him!”…

“YOU have to lead us!”… 

“YOU have to give us answers”…

“YOU have to wrap your arms around us and give us some peace!”…

“YOU, Lord have to intervene… and “I” will step aside until YOU need me to help…

My boy… yes, he will always be “my boy”  even when I am old and gray and he is old and gray as well…

I admire the courage  he has had…

The love  I see emanating from him…

The caring heart

The funny side  that always surprises me…

The wise decisions he makes…

The helping hand he gives …

NO, I was not going to give up!…

This was my child

He was so worthy to have more, but we have done the best we could…

So I say, “Don’t give up… help that one person… and you will be truly blessed    in ways that you will never understand… You don’t have to change the world… just one thing or one person at a time is what God is watching and wanting from us…

I have learned! … You can make a difference with the Lord in your heart!

http://youtu.be/9nZkq31J-GY

“My Joy”…

Gift…

I love reading “Mirth and Motivation‘s” Blog Site  … It “Motivates”…”Elevates”… “Makes You Laugh”…and promotes “Living Positively”…

This is their title… and it follows through with great thought-provoking writings…

It was mentioned the other day that maybe we should try creating a “Joy Compass”… which entails answering the following statement…

I am following my joy when…

I thank God for coming into my life so many years ago…

I wake up with a good attitude

I’m a good partner to my husband…

I tell my son’s “They’re the best!”

I’m a grandma to my grandkids…

I’m a good role model

I care for others …

I give time to things that will make a difference

I create something…

I take time to view nature in all it’s glory…

I keep my body healthy…

I smile and talk to strangers…

I’m there with a listening ear…

don’t judge those who have different opinions and views…

I do something for myself that makes “me” happy…

I discipline without guilt… knowing it’s part of parenting…

I take care of what has been given me…

I honor others with compliments…

I show compassion…

I show love…

I think things through before commenting…

I investigate new things… new words… new ideas…

I keep things clean…

I play with my cat Jill…

I keep in touch with friends and relatives…

25 Joys… and I probably could think of so many more…

It gave me contemplating time… to do this exercise…

It let me know what’s really important in my life…

Thanks “Mirth and Motivation”… always a JOY!

“Upside Down Feeling”

No matter what age you are things are forever changing…Thank goodness I guess… we should never be bored… maybe a little  , maybe a little more happy , maybe a little more sad , maybe a little more glad … I find the words hard to come today… to express my feelings… I write only to help myself…expecting no answers …expecting no pity … expecting no show of kindness… I write to try to figure out why we get ourselves into such predicamentsLife is going along so well…happy , content, glad… and all of a sudden it is turned upside down …We think we will not be touched by this upside down feeling… That’s for others!…but, it can affect all… So I write  to clear my mind… gain strength…gain composure...and maybe gain a few answers to the questions  swirling in my head…Why did this happen?… How did this happen?… What caused this to happen?… When did this start to happen?…Who is involved in this situation? … There is no blame… it is life acting out it seems…and what we do with the situation is what will count… is what will make it better …is what will bring the healing… is what will bring it back to that “Happy” ,”Content”, “Glad” place again… Thank you Lord for my time of “Peace” as I sit and write and find YOUR words that are whispered in my ear … a quite place to reflect and listen 

“My Kids!”…
Our kids came to us for answers…to silly things, to important things, to things their parents should have been answering… I guess they came to us because they felt safe and secure with us… because we would try our best to help them… because we would try our best to make them feel happy again content againglad again… We were like a refuge for them… It was a great responsibility...but, for some reason we were put there to guide and direct them… and if I remember right…there was always that faint whisper in my ear with the right words to say…

“Influential Observations!”

Even my horoscope says, “You are an observer!”and that I am…I love observing…I call it “people watching” …People are such unique creatures…lots to observe …I watch people in lines… the super market …the drug store…the line at the ticket counter …or maybe a waiting room…bus stop…restaurant …You can see such personality traits  come to the surface…impatience  great  patience restlessness being very quiet and thoughtful frustration …taking that waiting time to do another task …or they seem lost, “what do I do now?”  … as I observe these characters in this book of life we live in… I see actions…that I don’t like…things that I don’t want to be considered a part of me …Sometimes I see sweet things, loving things , controlled patience and thoughtfulness…I would like to have that projection…those qualities…I would like others to see me like that …I believe we are all observers …watchers…So as you go about your daily lives…being characters in this book of life…try to see the habits you want and what habits you wish to discard…because the fellow characters in this book of life we’re living in…can influence you greatly …Use your observation skills to make you a better person…then others will observe you and instill the traits they like about you into themselves…

Observing:

1. to see or notice something, especially while watching carefully 

2. to watch somebody or something attentively

3. to be an official witness to something without taking an active part in it

 
Influential:

1. able to have a powerful effect on people and what they do, or on events

2. the power that somebody has to affect other people’s thinking or actions by means of argument, example, or force of personality

 Idicators:

1. able or liable to change, especially suddenly and unpredictably 

 2. inconsistent or uneven in quality or performance 

3. the effect of something on a person, thing

4. something observed or calculated that is used to show the presence or state of a condition or trend

“My Kids!”…

I first really started observing behaviors …when I worked at Filson Elementary School …We had to keep notes on all of the “Behavioral Disorder”   children I worked with…Of course we observed their bad indicators…but, afterwards I began to make note of their good indicators… The children knew we were watching them as we worked with the…so you also had to include into these observations  some variables…”What type of day was it?”…”What was happening that day that was different?”… “How did the day alter their routine?”…”Who said what to them?”…These can be many …The kids were very manipulative…I call it playing up to us…showing us their best when they knew we were watching…and showing their true behaviors on the sly …Yes, they were kids…but, smart in using their abilities to snowball  us at times… As the year proceeded…and you began to know the kids better and they began to find out we really liked them…only were there to keep them safe and to change some bad habits…They began to relax and we saw their true selves…and in doing that…we saw bad behaviors decrease  and good behaviors increase … So it looks like observing or watching can be of great value…maybe even “influential!”  

                                      If you’re experiencing hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility, boredom, frustration, and the inability to focus or follow directions, you could be exhibiting signs typically found in behavioral disorders.

“So Complicated…So Simple”

I used to have a saying taped to my desk at school…It said…

“Children are like gifts…Some are opened quickly …While others are opened more slowly”

I found another phrase I like …

“Do Not Make Simple Things Complicated!”

Do you ever find that people seem to want to complicate their lives?…Do we do this on purpose or just by accident?

Probably both…My philosophy on that is that we have enough everyday problems without making things worse on ourselves or others…We wake up each day and at that moment are given a new day …a clean slate as they say…So I try to make it enjoyable…I think if you can do one good deed a day it will make you feel good about yourself …A kind word to a stranger  is usually pretty easy…but, a kind word for a family member seems more difficult at times…Is it that we are afraid of being judged by our actions? …Scrutinized that we have some motive?…Strangers usually react with a smile back at you and a Thank You! …Our familiar people don’t seem to know how to react to kindness…or just don’t hear it often enough…So I’m going to try to give my family good feedback   on the things they do or say…I’m not going to make it complicated…just simply let them know I care  and that I like what they are doing and that I love them! Is that Simple Enough?

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

“My Kids!”…

I believe I loved working with our Special Ed children  just for that reason…they were really not complicated…their illness or handicap sometimes seemed complicated…so unique each one…You could see the physical …So you dealt with that in the only way you could…helping them in the ways they needed …Holding their little hands to help feed some…Not having the ability to open containers, hold a spoon or fork and carry the food to their own mouths Hand over hand to shape letters and numbers on paper…Little or no motor skills to even hold a pencil  and understand the concept of putting pencil to paper in making marks of any kind…much less write…Helping in their bathroom needs…Little hands not having the strength to unbutton , zip , pull down, pull up…Some so fragile with braces on their legs  …or no ability to walk at all …days being in a wheelchair …Physical as I have always said, “Is something you can see…so you deal with it and accept it”…Mental” disabilities or disorders  are another thing totaly!…You only see the surface …You can’t see into their minds …hear the things they hear…know what is being transmitted through their brain waves understand why they react the way they do…We can observe  …watch for repititions…learn a little…make some kind of connection…but, as educators…we are only touching a small bit of what that child is dealing with…We read articles  related to their illness…we take classes …we listen to others…and then still have to play it by ear  as they say…from moment to moment…So intriguing!…So Complicated!…So Simple!

Just Decide!

I really do not like indecisiveness! …In other words people who can’t make a decision…They can’t make up their mind Should I? …Should I not?…To go?…or Not to go?…Where?…How?…What?…When?  …These are the things they have a problem with…I believe I was one of those people many years ago …when I was much younger…Is it because everyone does for us?…Is it because we’re afraid of making a wrong decision? …Is it because people will look at us in that way that says, “YOU want to do that?”…I believe it’s because we are self-conscious afraidlow self-esteem …I do think  that was me!…I think I changed my ways after many years of having to face some issues that hindered me …some I couldn’t help and some I could…I always wanted to please everyone…going out of my way for them…leaving me behind in the process…After years of this …being observant  listening to a lot of people  …looking inward to myself…I believe I became “ME”! Released from all those silly burdens we put on ourselves…When?…I don’t know exactly…Where?…I don’t know exactly…How? …I don’t know exactly…I do know the why!…Because I hated feeling the way I did inside …Like I was not being true to myself …not being ME!…I do believe that Faith  is a great part of this…I know I am loved  , I know I’m listened to through prayer and even my thoughts  …I know I will live my life not as I want but, as HE leads me…I know HE will comfort me during hard times and losses  …and I know I will be lifted up to a Higher Place some day …with none of these Earthly trials … So I try to live each day the best I can…Some days so wonderful it’s hard to contain my joy …Some days are really tough…  listening to people’s trials and dealing with my own…but this I know…I am making decisions …good or bad …I’m stepping up and living this life that was given me … Being ME!

 

“My Kids!”…

One of the wonderful things I saw with our Special children at school was… They were always themselves! They had seemed to accept themselves for who they were…the way they were…They smiled almost all the time…a happiness that seemed to come from within…They laughed a lot…( maybe we were just so funny??? ) …They had fun…Great sense of humor…They came into our room with an expectation that it was going to be a good day …What I gained from them was extraordinary!…I wonder if that is what changed “My Way”…I always have said those children gave to me more than I could ever give to them!…So as I look back…maybe this was my Who…What…Where and When…the thing that made me love “ME!”and able to make decisions…Could it be?…