Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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08/10/2012 at 12:23

Hi all,

I have read this page posts, and Ben-o you are spot on with the sleep concept.

I also agree wwith SOLB that a pattern and routine is essential, but it has to be one that is flexable, to me thats important, and something I have learnt from the Dialetical Behaviour Therapy group I have been attending for the past year.

Also, SOLB its not a cop out by going to the gym in the car, when your ready to try cycleing to the gym again you will. Perhaps, cycling then getting off and walking then back on again may work.

Ben-o you are perfectly right about SOLB the person is so genuinely giving that they have allowed me to feel that I have have been posting for months here, not just a couple of days. Thank you.

08/10/2012 at 12:32
Ben-o, working with kids is hard but really rewarding when you learn to appreciate the tiny ways they say thanks. In the last couple of months I was given a clay ( from clay pigeon shooting) and half a twix. Both were from kids I didn't think I had really done anything for, just smiled and asked them how they are occasionally. I'm still not entirely sure what I'm meant to do with the clay, apart from keep it in my cupboard of treasures to remind me that I do have a purpose.
08/10/2012 at 13:21

I agree - use the car for now to make sure you get to the gym but work on the asthma as well to get used to what pace works and how to adjust pace on bad days

08/10/2012 at 14:09

Hello again everyone and welcome, Sinbad *waves*

It's so good to have you back, SOLB and for this thread to be becoming livelier again. I have been doing really well too, but have crashed and burned this weekend, so am feeling very sorry for myself; sobbed in the car on the way to work, which I haven't done for months.

I'm hoping it will pass, but really I want to crawl home under my duvet and tell the world to sod off for a few days.

08/10/2012 at 14:18
Frodo, I have days like that too. I wrap myself in my favourite jumper and pretend I've done it with the quilt.

Did anyone see the programme on channel 4 about ecstasy? They are wanting to run clinical trials to see if it can help people with ptsd and depression. I would be so interested in this because of my history but I don't know if they would have me
08/10/2012 at 14:34

Hi all,

I have posted in the Can I give up booze forum the abuse that I have survived, this is a once only time I will do this extensively as I have in there. Could you please read it.

Wow didn't know abbout that by eck.

Im sure it will pass Frodo. Never give up hope.

08/10/2012 at 14:39

We already give children amphetamines so giving ecstasy as well doesn't sound too far fetched.

Sadly By Eck I've never been given any clay, though I think I once got some gumballs. It's nice how well kids respond to someone being kind to them, it's a bit sad that we don't do that enough as adults.

Sorry things aren't so good Frodo.

08/10/2012 at 17:06

Oh Frodo, I know that feeling.  Sending hugs ((( )))


I saw the programme on ecstasy - the brain science was really interesting to me. I reckon I'd volunteer to be a guineau pig

08/10/2012 at 20:56

Just wanted to pop back in this evening and give everyone a big (((hug))). 

I have to be very selective about the things I keep now from kids, otherwise I could probably fill a room in my house with stuff after 15+ years in various forms of education. 
One of the best things I got at Christmas last year was a pack of marzipan - one child had remembered a lesson I had given about Tudor food months earlier, where I mentioned a personal weakness for eating packs of marzipan myself  

08/10/2012 at 21:02
Frodo, what a fab present. Shows that you really connected with that child in that lesson.
08/10/2012 at 21:23

(Even better that it was accompanied by a bottle of wine  )

08/10/2012 at 22:44

Hi all,

I would like to think that someone did read my post in other forum? If not I understand why.

Hope your all okay.

09/10/2012 at 08:56
Hi everyone, I am trying to be positive today. My mum is on a real down at the moment. I suspect she may well be self harming again. In itself, that isn't a problem, but I am concerned about why. I know that she doesn't tell anyone what is going on so I'm left to guess. She goes on holiday next week for a month and that will either help or make things much much worse.
Sinbad, I have read your post. I won't try to make light of what you said in anyway, but there are people here who have equally traumatic backgrounds who don't feel able to post. That doesn't mean to say they don't understand or care, just that they are still in a different place. Some people here know my story and where I am with getting well but part of me being ill means I find it hard to link emotions to events and words. So I try to avoid doing too much talking or writing about it because I have to focus on getting some good quality feelings into what I say.
10/10/2012 at 15:44

Sorry for the silence guys, had a rocky few days but more depression than psychosis so that's really positive in terms of continued recovery from the weirdy episode. Woke up today feeling much more positive  

Hey Frodo, so nice to see you here again. 

sinbad I'm really sorry darling I can't read it yet, not because I don't care but because I can't cope with anything too close to my own experience just yet. I'd very much like to have a look once I'm a little stronger. I think it's great that you've shared, and it was a nice idea to signpost the stuff you've written for those that are able to have a look to get some understanding. 

I haven't directly discussed my history here, but I don't mind in the slightest if other people want to share here. I'll probably skip that post myself but never ever because I don't care or because I don't want to know. I know that a few of the others have provided brief histories, though I'm guessing it'd be an awful lot to trawl through to read them!  I hope you don't feel excluded or like no one is listening, we are and if there's anything you don't understand or a silly in joke that's a bit confusing please, please say. No one will mind explaining.

I'm working on the OCD with relation to food still, it's going really well but wow it's hard. I hadn't realised how bad it's been for so long. In other OCD news I think I've conquered the 0.00 rule  

10/10/2012 at 16:02
Hi yes i have OCD and mental illness too and i just wanted to say running is the best medicine ever. I love it so much and it makes me feel so good in my head for days after. I do OCD alot about running though it has kind of taking over my running i.e obsessing on miles and calories etc but i think its a good way to challenge my OCD on something positive and good for you. If i feel a black cloud looming in my head or my OCD gets too much i go for a run and my anxieties and black moods completely lift and everything seems fantastic. It is so weird. I have suffered with mental illness and OCD all my life and i wish i had discovered running years ago,as i could of been out of that black hole years ago.With running i can manage my illnesses. THANK YOU RUNNING!!!
10/10/2012 at 16:22
Hi Margrit
I feel EXACTLY the same, wish I'd discovered running years ago. I think back to all those times I read or heard that exercise is good for mental health and I think how silly I was not to try it then.
I feel the pull to get obsessed with running but more about a training plan becoming law then I need to pile more and more other exercise on top of it to satisfy ocd.
I wonder whether you could try a run you know really well, that you already know how far it is and how many calories etc, and leave the watch behind as a step towards breaking the obsession with figures and getting running back. So you'd know how much you'd done but you'd also have achieved a deviation from OCD's rules, then when that's ok you could add an extra loop, or choose another route without the watch. I'm finding little and often and just being bloody brave the best way to make progress but it really is hard. It's just a thought, you might not be ready yet, or happy with how things are

I'm benched again today, my asthma is really nasty but I'll run vicariously through you guys
10/10/2012 at 18:05

weird double post

Edited: 10/10/2012 at 18:06
10/10/2012 at 18:24
Just passing thru to offer hugs and remind people today is mental health awareness day
10/10/2012 at 18:33

*grabs a hug as by 'eck passes by* 
you ok chick?  

10/10/2012 at 19:22

oh I wasn't aware of that


Joking apart I'm not which is rather worrying, if people who it affects aren't it doesn't say much for the campaign

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