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Migraines, Life-Long (Suicidal) Depression, A Real Desire to be with my Lord and Saviour, More Debt than I can afford

Living with Life-Long Suicidal Depression since at least 4-years-old (mid 1970s); and Migraine Headaches that have been regular (at least 1 to 2 times a week [more weeks now are turning in to at least 2 days] since the mid 1990s) and many other health problems that are on and off weekly or monthly; Extra Debt that I was pressed in to; which can cause me to lose the house, SSDI so it is hard to earn extra money to get out of Debt; and with Life-Long Suicidal Depression, in addition to the Major Pains, I really have been desiring more to be able to go Home to be with my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I would greatly appreciate any feed back.

#MentalHealth #Migraines #Depresion #SuicidalIdeation #Debt #PostTraumaticStressDisorder #BPD #Bipolar1 #BorderlinePersonalityDisorderBPD #BipolarDepression #BipolarIDisorder #BipolarDisorder #BipolarI #BipolarType1 #CheerMeOn #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarDisorders #MigraineHeadaches #AutismSpectrumDisorder #AutismSpectrum #Autistic #SeparationAnxietyDisorder #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #IllnessAnxietyDisorder #SeparationAnxiety #AnxietyAttack #AdrenalInsufficiency #AnkylosingSpondylitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #DistractMe #Selfharm #PanicDisorder #PanicAttack #PanicAttacks #worry #highfunctioningautism #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #DiabetesType2 #DiabetesII #SuicidalThoughts #SuicideAttemptSurvivors #IfYouFeelHopeless #suicidal

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Adderall is a Lifesaver

Lately my ADHD had been out of control, to put it lightly. It was suggested to me to try Adderall withhow bad it's been, so I spoke with my psychiatrist about it and he prescribed me a decent dose. Upon taking my first dose, I pretty well feel like a whole new person. My mind isn't racing, I can actually concentrate and slow down, I'm less impulsive, and I can still eat and hold conversations, just while calm and collected overall. It's a really nice feeling and I can't say what will work for everyone, but this prescription is definitely already helping me and my ADHD symptoms. I highly recommend it to those that can and should take it (and obviously don't take it if you want to use it unsafely or for recreational purposes. Anyways, just thought I'd share my happy news. I am enrolled to start college full-time extremely soon and I finally feel ready for it upon taking this medication. I'm so glad someone recommended it to me. ❤ #feelinggrateful #ADHD #AdultADHD #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #medications #trialanderror #grateful

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#AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder and Stigma. A vent.

I have Combined presentation ADHD, and it’s extremely prevalent in my life, and the problem I frequently have with looking for advice is that I get people who think they know better telling me that the same thing I’ve tried five times is going to solve my problems. Apps, calendaring, planning, reminders, etc., I’ve either done, am doing, or have tried so much. ✨ Please don’t ablesplain to me, thanks ✨


Been reading about "twice exceptional" kids/adults

#BipolarDisorder #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder   #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder   #Autism   #LearningDisabilities   #Neurodiversity   #TouretteSyndrome   #AuditoryProcessingDisorder   #Anxiety   #Dyslexia   #Dyspraxia   #SensoryProcessingDisorder    #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder

Now that i've posted many hashtags...

I was reading about a concept called "Twice Exceptional."  Kids (or adults) who are considered Twice Exceptional may be extremely knowledgable/skilled/talented/gifted in one or a few areas, but they also struggle with a neurological, learning, psychiatric disability (or multiple). The articles talked about kids, but naturally kids become adults. Sometimes school is a struggle for those who are twice exceptional, and for others they have found ways to cope and 'succeed' by our society's standards.

I myself have many mental illnesses and some learning struggles too, but not diagnosed till adulthood. I also have "superior" verbal comprehension skills, yet remain low average/average for everything else. IQ tests do not matter though. My reality is my giftedness in writing seems to contrast with other learning and emotional struggles.

(for reference, I am a 26 year old female with bipolar, OCD, BPD, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, learning disability, ETC. I excel at writing/creativity, struggle in math, auditory processing, and motor skills)


Mental Health and "being productive"

Let me know if you relate... I always feel like I'm not being "productive enough" or "doing enough"... as someone with several mental illnesses and learning issues, I realized that perhaps I should be easier on myself. I certainly judge myself more harshly than I would judge another in the same situation. I graduated college (despite many hospitalizations), I'm in grad school... I should feel good about that. I guess I just feel guilty that I don't have a job right now and that sometimes I find 'simple tasks' to be not so simple (doing dishes, cleaning, laundry, groceries etc). Just looking for support I suppose, and to see who else may feel this way.

Also, if anyone has advice on overcoming these things, I'd be happy to hear!

#BipolarDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #AnorexiaNervosa #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #LearningDisability #Depression #Anxiety


How many medications is 'normal' for someone with several psychiatric disorders?

I often wonder if I am on too many medications, but then again, I do feel perhaps I shouldn't overthink it?
Just for reference my current mix is lithium (bipolar), Vraylar (bipolar), Anfranil (OCD), Clonidine (anxiety), Vyvanse (ADHD), Strattera (ADHD)
I know I should probably just trust in my doctor, but I am always curious to see what others are taking. It may be a lot of meds, but I feel the best I've felt in a while #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #BipolarDisorder #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder


#52SmallThings update

#52SmallThings Well it has been two weeks since I posted. My head seems less cloudy and more focused. Work is going well. I am just keeping busy. I did write two blog posts this week. I think my goal is to help others see how much this self-care practice has helped me. #CheerMeOn #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder

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Bookmaking for the Bored and Distractable...

Something the grandson can express himself with. Made entirely of recycled materials, save for the craft twine purchased at the dollar store. This is now morphing into a family project, and is posted on another forum. 😂

#ArtTherapy #ChronicIllness #Autism #ParentingSpecialNeeds #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #MultipleSclerosis #Fibromyalgia


Video Opportunity to Encourage Youth #LearningDisabilities

I am a Special Education teacher at an elementary school. I believe students need a vision and hope for their future from the beginning. I have shown my students videos about Landmark College as a way to show them that even with a disability, they can go to college and achieve success. By chance, I also was able to have a PhD candidate with a learning disability come and speak with them.

I would like to keep the momentum going with some form of mentoring. However I have noted that the few mentoring programs for students with disabilities starts from middle school on up.So in lieu of that I would like to collect a series of videos that I could show my students periodically. If you are are college age or recent college graduate with a Learning Disability, ADHD or ASD and would like to participate please leave me a message.I have a series of questions for you to answer to help give your video a direction. You would need to video yourself using those questions and email the video to me. I will not use it for any other purpose than to show my students. Thank you. #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #Autism

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How would graduate school have been if I wasn’t “sick”?

Sometimes I think to myself how easy graduate school might’ve been if I wasn’t sick. Or if I was diagnosed earlier.

I spent my post-bachelor years in college getting sicker. More chronic pain that I couldn’t figure out the cause of. More migraines. And as a result, more depression.

It made it unbelievably hard to get through graduate school, and although I am now in the process of finally getting diagnosed, I am still not done with graduate school. I am still trying to tread water. It feels like I’m running uphill during an avalanche.

I was tired of living in pain so I saw a doctor. It took multiple attempts, but I was finally diagnosed with hypermobility spectrum disorder, mitral valve prolapse, and severe venous insufficiency after 3 months. I was also ordered to go off my birth control (which I’ve been on for 7 years) and it’s throwing my body off whack. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and put on an antidepressant and beta blockers. I’m still trying to get diagnosed with what I think is worsening hEDS and untreated ADHD.

Remembering what I’m still trying to get diagnosed with reminds me of how hard it has been to keep up with the demands of graduate school, working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and trying to take care of myself, all while living with chronic pain.

I missed a deadline for my thesis and now I’m worried that they won’t let me graduate. That would result in another year of juggling 3 jobs, paying out of pocket for school, and having to pay back my loans. A healthy person couldn’t do this, so why would they expect it from a “sick” person?!

How much easier... would graduate school have been if I wasn’t “sick,” I think to myself. I might’ve graduated by now. I would be with my cohort/peers, already in their careers. I wouldn’t struggle with such guilt and imposter syndrome and struggle just to meet deadlines and ends meet.

How much easier would it have been?

But I’ve gotten this far. And that must count for something.

(Words of motivation are greatly appreciated right now since I am beating myself up over missing that deadline.)

#ADHD #HypermobileTypeEDS #JointHypermobilitySyndrome #HypermobilitySyndrome #AttentionDeficitHyperactivityDisorder #Mitralvalveprolapse #Depression #Anxiety #Fatigue #PTSD #Fibromyalgia #Migraine