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BIPOLAR ISSUES

HI, Sometimes our Healthcare does not do everything we want it to do and we should help ourselves a bit more, some things I do are read self help books, I enjoy reading outside as it is often quite or more uplifting than my home, in winter months the library or mall is welcoming for this, secondly music amuses me and gets us all through the day, feel free to join music and lyrics group, caring for others is an awesome rewarding pastime but draining, try to be an inspiration instead of a hindrance to yourself, food is also a good way to do this, cooking and recipes, try Nourishment Bistro, crafts like knitting and beading or as I see with some of you painting is great, fabric paint on old bags and sewing on new handles works, you can upcycle grocery bags this way, I would like to get into thrifting as so much can be done with refurbished jeans and clothing, there are loads of websites, housekeeping hacks help as well to give motivation for cleaning, there's also making your own cleansers with essential oil and vinegar and lemon which I shall do in a second, who knows why our lives hit lows sometimes if we are hardworking clean and have good intentions, also inane mundane or brilliant poetry works, but ya'll know all of this already so Peace and Love #Bipolar2 #Bipolar1 #noursh #hobbies #selfhelp #Music #Caregiving

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Happy 2024, all! Hope you're feeling as well as possible! Here's an interview I just did w/ the M.E. podcast Post-Exertional Mayonnaise (get it?)

Daniel Moore is a British musician who had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as a child, seeming got better, and then experienced a return of the illness in 2018.

In 2023, he co-founded the M.E. podcast Post-Exertional Mayonnaise to discuss M.E., music, writing, grief, and whatever other topics might pop up.

He's a good, smart person and I appreciated his questions.

On my living w/ M.E. for 32+ years, thyroid cancer for seven, the small heart attack, my first book Altitude Sickness about my best friend's death from mountain climbing, and my upcoming book Fire in the Hole: A Eulogy for the Living on the massive catastrophe of M.E.

On YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch

And on Spotify (it's available wherever you get your podcasts):

open.spotify.com/episode/7x8qVAJhNjKmddhXnUY5J9

It's hard to be human and it's vastly harder to be a sick and/or disabled human, so I hope your new year is off to the best possible start and that the world is treating you w/ the kindness you deserve. All the best. xo

Day 18 of 365

#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #cfsisamisnomer #pwme #ChronicIllness #ThyroidCancer #Cancer #HeartAttack #Writing #Music #Disability

Litsa Dremousis: Author, Essayist and Activist on writing and life with ME

Listen to this episode from Post-Exertional Mayonnaise on Spotify. Daniel is joined by Litsa and her dog Jordan (who she describes as an inveterate cuddler and the primary reason she's alive). Litsa shares from her 30 year history of life with ME and we explore how she's navigated a writing career: interviewing famous music artists, publishing her own deeply personal stories, and raising awareness of the reality of ME at the highest levels. Millions missing episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1adUN7Qd0Quli2KEGbrvTx?si=EvhKekMJShyWkSD39RFzXw https://litsadremousis.com/ Susan Sontag (illness as metaphor) info: Illness as Metaphor https://g.co/kgs/JFg1yh Get in touch: pempodcast23@gmail.com https://www.pempod.com/
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Healing Things

Listening to music, looking at the ocean, and looking at the stars are very therapeutic for me.

What are things that are therapeutic for you?

#ChronicIllness #BipolarDisorder #Anxiety #Depression #MentalHealth #Therapy #Music #ocean #stars

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Next Steps

It’ll be a change navigating what’s next. I am unable to talk about the specifics of my hearing, but that leaves plenty still to write about. I’d spent the past few years working on applying, so 1-3 months waiting for a response isn’t a whole lot in the grand scheme of things (though I am prone to impatience). I know I am not alone and I choose to believe that there is a wonderful plan in store for me, whatever ends up happening.

Along my journey, I’ve rediscovered my love for music as a form of therapy. I’ve made some awesome friends. I also am grateful for The Mighty for being a safe and positive place to talk.

Some things I am still coming to terms with are being OK when I am not doing OK. Some days are better than others but what matters is how I can manage. This website has been a wonderful place for exploring ideas, as well as for venting when I am not feeling great.

This Winter will be a welcome one. My brother is coming home for a break from completing his PhD. I could use the distraction. What do you all have planned? If anyone plays games recreationally, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Hoping for a Wonderful and Happy Holiday season.

#MightyTogether #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Music #musictherapy #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Autism

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Bipolar Music Album 💿 #BipolarDisorder #Music

Below is a link to the lyrics of the songs I’ve written for an album about living with Bipolar.

It’s not in the same league as the Beatles or Nirvana and I have no illusions that it is any good but it’s just an honest, truthful account that I have tried to put in to song.

Bipolar: The Album 💿 #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2 #Bipola...

#MightyTogether

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Music Therapy

Wow, how time flies by. In 2019 I was formally diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Since then it’s been a roller-coaster of trying different medications and talk therapy. In 2023 I can happily say that I am doing much better. (Though I still struggle with the occasional depression or symptoms.)

I subscribe to a music streaming service Spotify. It is nice to see how my music has changed over the years, as they have an option to see your top songs of the year. I feel I am more fortunate than many people with the disorder who struggle with some of the symptoms, like hearing voices, or delusional thinking.

I am so thankful to have discovered music as a form of therapy. What are some songs that you listen to? Since I was diagnosed, I love listening to songs that have uplifting lyrics or are inspiring. Link to some of my songs if anyone is interested: open.spotify.com/playlist/6qqqFoiIqjUlY9Tz3c1Tbe

#MightyTogether #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Music #musictherapy #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Autism

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Dealing with Uncertainty

Currently struggling and could use some kind words.

I have an eventual move-out from my family home of April 2024. I have some plans but I can’t help feeling like I need to better prepare myself.

We are currently looking into CRR or what I call mental health housing. Would anyone have any experience with this? It does not look amazing but if it will keep me from being homeless, then I welcome it.

I face some uncertainty with my disability (SSDI) case. Does anyone have any recommendations for how to prepare for the court hearing? I have not heard from my lawyer in a while and am not sure what to expect.

As usual, music remains solace with dealing with my experiences. Lately I’ve been listening to a song Chill Kill by Red Velvet. I welcome if anyone has any recommendations for things to listen to.

Thanks for reading.

#MightyTogether #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Music #musictherapy #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Autism

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Bipolar: The Album 💿 #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2 #Bipolar1 #MentalHealth

I’ve nearly finished the album I was attempting to write about Bipolar. I’m well aware that I am not going to be performing this at half-time at the Super Bowl and I’m under no illusions about the quality of my capacity in song writing and In music full stop.

I do though find myself doing this to relax and occupy my mind. If you want to check it out/laugh/take note or even advise me on something, please do

Living with Bipolar Disorder: My Bipolar Music Album 💿

#MightyTogether #Music

Living with Bipolar Disorder: My Bipolar Music Album 💿

I’ve not quite finished my album yet but here’s what I have done so far. I’m well aware it isn’t going platinum anytime soon. Any comments welcome, constructive criticism welcomed with open arms, s…
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The Psychiatrist #BipolarDisorder #Psychiatrist #MentalHealth

Here’s a song I’ve written called “The Psychiatrist”.

The Psychiatrist

Doctor of the mind
Welcome to mine, I hope you like what you find, it’s definitely one of a kind
Unique, different than all the others
It’s consumed by chaos, hidden undercover

Please let me remind you
Textbooks will only guide you
Are you observing the truth or are you being lied to?
The mind named itself, it gave everything a name, are you just part of the game?

Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain
Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain

Thoughts become lessons taught
Semblance to stability sought
Eternal battle with yourself fought
Chasing your sanity that eludes to be caught

Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain
Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain

Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain
Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain

Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain
Delving inside the insane
Delving inside the brain

#songwriting #Music #MightyTogether