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A Lifelong Love of Music and Pop Culture

Pop culture has been my trusty sidekick since childhood, starting when I was a kid and getting to pick the music for my heart catheterization. That small, seemingly insignificant moment was the beginning of my lifelong love of music. Although my parents instilled in me a passion for music, it's grown exponentially over the years. In fact, I spent nearly 20 years as a Virtual DJ!

Chronic health issues can be a rollercoaster ride when you feel like you have no control over all the twists and turns life and our health can take. But through it all, pop culture has been a beacon of light for me, a portal to worlds of wonder and excitement, bringing joy and comfort even in the darkest of times.

Video games, movies, books, and music have been my ultimate escape, providing comfort and joy in the face of adversity. Today, various genres of music, along with other forms of entertainment, continue to help me manage my mood and anxiety, from calming ocean sounds for relaxation to classical music for battling insomnia.

P.S. You might be curious about my name. I'll admit, that I wasn't always a fan of the 'princess' title, but I've come to embrace it because, to me, princesses represent hope, dreams, and all things positive.

#pace #chronichealth  #musictherapy #copingmechanisms #chronicwarrior #hopeanddreams

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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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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:

#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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Honey 🍯 🎵

I like my girls just like I like my honey, sweet
A little selfish
I like my women like I like my money, green
A little jealous
'Cause I'm a beautiful wreck
A colorful mess, but I'm funny
Oh, I'm a heartbreak vet
With a stone-cold neck, yeah, I'm charmin' 🖤
#MentalHealth #BipolarII #BipolarDepression #BipolarDisorder #Anxiety #PTSD #LGBTQIA #musictherapy

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Growth Motivation Songs

#MentalHealth #Depression #Schizophrenia #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Autism #musictherapy #Song #GrowthPlaylist

Hello. My therapist tasked me with coming up with a growth mixtape, to help motivate for getting a new job and finding a new apartment. Does anyone have any recommendations for songs to add?

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Does this song speak to anyone?

This song was (and still is) a comfort for me. When I was really low and could only see hopelessness and believed that life would never improve, this song was a reminder that my story was still unwritten. I’ve seen life change and I’m so glad for holding on ❤️#Depression #BipolarDepression #Anxiety #musictherapy #Hope #Migraine

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Found accidentally but amazing and inspirational to think the next generation of young men and women can be so open emotionally so early in life.

#MightyMusic #Inspiration #Music #musictherapy

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Music is one of the outlets I use to to release and free my mind when it's overflowing. I resonate a lot with Mac Miller and his lyrics ..I also discovered this descriptor today and I love it:

--The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin.--♬

#musictherapy #bpdrelatable