Mental illness and running

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06/01/2013 at 23:57

solby reporting in, thanks for the hugs and the concern. Things are a little tough but I think they will improve. I do have a Community Psychiatric Nurse assigned to me - I've only known her about 4 months but I've had someone acting as a Key Worker for the last 8ish years. I'm working on the last of the OCD stuff and hoping to be discharged completely by June. I think the current blip is mostly paranoia so upping the anti psychotics may be the only solution. (I'm not hallucinating though - as far as I can tell)

So, so lovely to see some new faces (and the old ones of course) it's fab when the thread is lively

I may be quiet for another day or two but I promise I'm really OK, just having to work hard to stay afloat. I'm doing all the right stuff, focusing on eating properly, remembering to sleep and getting outside each day to stop the paranoia trapping me in the house. It feels like it might be easing a bit today but I don't wanna speak too soon. 

I've read back but promptly forgot all the things I wanted to say. I'll just leave you all with massive of care and hopefully check in again tomorrow

(VRC 2 miles planned tomorrow - thanks for the pace reassurance I was a bit saddened by my pace the other day even though I should just be thrilled to be back out there so it was a timely reminder for me that it doesn't matter so much)  

06/01/2013 at 23:59

Bricki I hope you don't mind, I've not read your blog today - you write so powerfully I thought it might be a bit too much. My thoughts are with you though 

I'm off to bed now (still no better with the midnight rule obviously) 

Night night xxxx 

07/01/2013 at 07:03

Morning.

Stay positive SOLB - its just a blip that I'm sure you will work through. Hope you manage to run your 2 miles.

My first day back at work today and going in to my new job. I'm relieved not to be going back to a toxic environment but I'm a bit nervous.  Got a swimming lesson this evening that I'm looking forward to though. 

Hugs all round.

 

07/01/2013 at 07:37
Nervous is pretty natural, I loved the relief and happiness beaming from your post the other day when you told us how lovely the girls you'll be working with are. Will be sending you positive vibes, good luck x
07/01/2013 at 08:10
Hugs to soupy. You will rock!
07/01/2013 at 09:49
Hi folks. Never posted here before but frequently lurk with great interest, many of your stories I can really relate to. Just wanted to share with you a document, if it works, that I have found extremely helpful. I was given it at a rehab hospital where I was fortunate to stay before Christmas. Really hits a lot of nails on the head for me, and is a very informative way, I think, of explaining the crippling illness that is depression to friends, families and colleagues. Hope the link works!

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CEEQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.depressionalliance.org%2Fhelp-and-information%2Fdepressive-illness-the-curse-of-the-strong-book.php&ei=Y5jqUMXADoSe0QX18YCQAw&usg=AFQjCNFpbXXnsaOzjVIg59NQZhjICoYH-A
07/01/2013 at 09:52
http://www.lanternsurgery.co.uk/website/H81672/files/Depressive_Illness_Curse_of_the_strong.pdf
07/01/2013 at 09:52
That's better!
07/01/2013 at 09:57

SOLB - good to hear from you.  Really hope you work through your blip and, of course, we'll be encouraging and supporting you all the way.  I'm hoping to head out to the nature park about midday.  Another slow start to the day though.  Glad I took the day off as getting to work would have been a major struggle.

SD - too late to wish you good luck in the new job in advance but hope it all goes well for you.

Don't forget everyone, we're due on cheerleading duties for Bear tonight at his improvisation course.

07/01/2013 at 10:18

Thanks for the article, Mr F.  Looks really useful.

07/01/2013 at 13:21

I have runned

 

Completely out of puff in spite of 10min/mile

07/01/2013 at 13:27
Glad you've runned, I'd be happy with 10 mm
I really must get my computer fixed so I can see links, would someone mind summarising for me? Hi Mr f thank you for sharing.

We have a solution, Sally spoke to the Psychiatrist all I need to do is go onto slow release Quetiapine instead of the normal ones.
My eating better has probably affected the rate of absorption that's all. I might feel a bit groggy in the day for a couple of days or I might be fine. It's exactly the same medication just a change in the coating to release slower. Even better if that's all it is the improvement will be pretty much instantaneous
07/01/2013 at 13:41

I'm guessing but you may also find that you don't get so much of a zonked out feeling for a few hours when the meds first take effect as it'll be spread out more

 

I'm only fed up with 10mm as I used to run sub 7

07/01/2013 at 13:42

Oh might be the other way around from slow to normal - whatever  

07/01/2013 at 13:44

Hope so, then I wouldnt have to take the morning dose at 5 anymore
you'll get there Bear, get some time on your paws and the rest will come 

07/01/2013 at 14:17

*looks at paws quizzically*

07/01/2013 at 15:28

I resorted to self-bribery to get me running today.  If I ran I could have lunch in the cafe afterwards, but not if I didn't.  Was out for 36 minutes.  Started and finished reasonably well but stopped and walked a while around half way.  Worth it though - tasty cauliflower bake for lunch.

Well done on getting out there Bear even if the pace was not would you'd like.  As with everything, we can only take it all one stage at a time. 

SOLB -good to hear of your solution.  Let's hope that gets things back on track.

07/01/2013 at 18:54
*wonders how bear is getting on improvising*

(Time on your paws instead of time on your feet bear)

I can't believe its something so simple
07/01/2013 at 18:56
Love the bribery, well done
I whimped out on the run, too tired. Really hope I get back into a running routine soon - its important to me and it keeps me well its just hard initially.
Asthma review tomorrow
Edited: 07/01/2013 at 18:58
07/01/2013 at 19:01
In running gear, just lacing up my shoes. I think they have dried out after our trip in the Avon
Bear, I was going to prepare a cheer but thought I would just see what happened
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