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    Still Going-Even With Depression

    Not sure how long this episode is going to last but a combination of things have really helped. One of those things being a change in outlook. I no longer look at my depressed #BipolarDisorder episodes as hopeless like I used to. They are more manageable because I changed my outlook. I am not saying that it doesn't get to me some days, some days are harder than others. But I manage to remain thankful. Also lifestyle and diet changes help a lot. Lemon water is a natural mood booster and ever since I've been drinking it I've been happier. Not like mania happy but just happy in general. I highly suggest drinking lemon water if you want to get healthy or to experience its mental health benefits. Having coping strategies also helps. I use writing as my main outlet (as you can see) but for some people it may be something else. Especially with having #PTSD it's important to have a go to coping mechanism. But even when my #PTSD isn't acting up I use writing as a way to unwind. I'm not sure what I use for #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder but I suppose that because it has a lot to do with self-perception that I can start on that. So as you can see, all these factors help to get me through. Today I am thankful for the ability to share my journey with others. What has helped you to cope?

    #BipolarDisorder #Depression #PTSD #Abuse #abusesurvivor #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #thankful #Blessed #Hope #Inspiration #Striving #thriving #strength #Writing #coping #Lifestlye

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    Becoming myself again

    During this journey of becoming diagnosed i have done a lot of research on common house hold items/things you can find in your backyard that can be anti-inflammatory properties. Obviously you want to speak to your doctor about taking these thing but i wanted to share what has helped me get off 50mg of prednisone daily.

    I started to have all the long term use side effects of taking high dose steroids daily. Everything from weight gain to chronic infections. That's when i know i had to do my own research to get myself off these medications (with the help of my physician). That's when i came across tumeric, ginger and sunflower roots.

    Tumeric's main active Component Per the mayo clinic Is Curcumin. Thus giving it its yellow color. But it also has anti-inflammatory properties making it a potential treatment for a number of health conditions i#ncluding reducing pain. One study compared tumeric extract three times daily to taking 1,200mg dose of ibuprofen daily.

    According to NCBI resources Ginger has the potential for treating degenerative disorders, digestive health and Cardiovascular disorders. They found ginger to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties

    Cleveland clinic has stated that dandelion roots are full of vitamins A, C, K folate, calcium and potassium. Dandelion roots can help reduce chronic inflammation, provide antioxidants, lower cholesterol. Unfortunately science doesn't focus a lot of attention on wild herbs and that needs to change!

    With the help of these three things that can be found in your house/in your backyard I became myself again. There is so much potential for holistic health and western medicine combined. I encourage you to do some research and find out what works for you!

    #chronic #thriving #passion

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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Ah what a crack-up this afternoon!
    Laughter is the best medicine!
    I definitely needed that pick-me-up this week!! I don't recall having that laugh-cry moment at all this year with someone else or within a group setting.
    It happened today via video chat!😆😂🤪

    I'm hopeful I will pass tomorrow's SIMS (simulation) assessment with my partner.
    I'm super relieved we got a last minute practice in earlier today. 👌🏼

    This is another one of those super appreciative posts
    A shout out to my classmates: 🥰
    Greatly appreciate the ongoing support and positive feedback they have given me and my partner in the past two weeks.

    Note to self:💜
    You don't realise how much support you have when you keep it to yourself,
    be more accepting and open to others.
    It goes a long way to just let go of your mistakes.
    Don't be a stranger,
    show up!

    Let positive vibes manifest in your life!!!!

    #Bekindtoyourself #MentalHealth #selfcarelounge #Selflove #thriving #positive #womenempoweringwomen


    Get to know me

    Hello there,

    My name is Moshe...I’m 55, live in Baltimore, MD and I’m a writer, drummer, hiker and recently a Covid survivor who is rehabilitating my body back into shape. I am currently working on my memoir about my life experiences. I am BiPolar 1, having been diagnosed in 1982 but my meds are relatively balanced and I haven't had a many episode or been suicidally depressed in decades, yet I still cycle through depression and deal with anxiety. I am HIV+ having been so for 35 years and survived Shingles, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, cDeficile, and Neuropathy which had me bedridden 9 months and told I may never walk again, and still is a major challenge today. Through this experience have developed PTSD and Survivor’s Guilt but know what a blessing it is to still be alive today. I am also a recovering addict with almost 9.5 years sober. Currently I am dealing with very regular and extreme migraines from residual side effects to Covid Long Haul. as frequently as 16 migraine days last month, but am thankful to have survived that challenge too. Throughout my journey I have developed deep empathy and understanding of others dealing with physicaly, mental health or addictive challenges.

    #mentalhealth # ChronicIllness #chronicpain #Disability #Bipolar #anxiety #Depression #ptsd #migraine #BipolarDisorder #recovery #aids. #hiv #addiction #survivorsguilt #neuropathy #selflove #acceptance #hivlongtermsurvivor #hivaids #thriving #BipolarDepression

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    My Story...not exactly a happy one

    When I was around 4 years old my father left. One of his friends, who was already a dad had stepped in on helping raise me; little did we know who he really was. My mom ended up dating him on and off for a little while, but even when they weren’t together I was calling him Daddy. This “Daddy” thing lasted until I was 10 because if I didn’t call him that, if I just called him “Dad”, he would get very angry. As said previously we didn’t truly know who he was. This man was and is a pedophile. He had sexually abused me for 5 years. It had started at age 5. He gave his son up for adoption when he was just a baby because he didn’t trust himself around his newborn son! These people are everywhere, and so many people have been abused, but are afraid to tell their story. I am here to say that your story is important, and it could save lives. I was molested, raped among many other things and I didn’t even know what was happening, or that it was wrong; it was just how I grew up. Around 5 years ago, he had told someone who told my mom, and it was at that moment he was out of my life. Months later I had talked to the police several times in attempt to get him arrested. It took what felt like forever to get him arrested, and then more time to get him into a prison. I have now decided that I want to make my story public, make it readable for people, make is so that people who are going through it or had gone through it to know that you can get past it, you CAN move forward. I have been in a psychiatric hospital twice, I’ve been in therapy for as long as I can remember, I have multiple kinds of hallucinations and have a tendency to push people away that care and fall for the tricks and manipulation of those who do not. I have let this man control me for too long, and in making my story public, I feel as if he’s not in charge anymore; I am. I have taken my life back! #Surviving #thriving #PTSD #Depression #Anxiety #dealingwithit

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    That little voice..

    "Im a failure" I used to think those words about myself daily.. I used to wear it like an identity.
    Every new task I undertook those words would flare and shout from the back of my mind, undermining each action I took..

    I had heard these words as a child and they still echoed through my very character and sense of self.
    I'd always tell people "be positive and you can achieve anything!" Yet somehow I could never apply those words to myself.

    As I grew, so did my understanding.
    I realized that I am Not my trauma, that I am more than a sum of my parts!
    That inner critic I had let rule my life, was a echo of abuse and Not my inner guild as I had always thought.

    Finally I was Free, in the knowledge that my inner guild only Ever wants my highest good!
    So every time the little echo whispered "you are a failure.." I could see it for what it was, an abusive comment that my young mind had taken on as a self belief.

    I know now I wasn't failing.
    I was surviving.
    Until I was able to learn to Thrive!

    #PTSD #BipolarDepression #CPTSD #FailureToThrive #thriving #copingskills #Selflove #growth #Hope #Lovingyourself #BDD

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    Just Be You

    I love this and thought I’d share. My illnesses don’t define me, I do. #HIVAIDS #Surviving #thriving


    Today is a how are you going to #thrive?

    We all have ups and downs, but if your still here you are #thriving believe it or not. The Good Lord put you here for a reason. Remember your #Disabled.

    For me that's remembering to rest. I have pushed myself too far and need rest. GOD is telling me to slow down.


    SO HOW ARE YOU #thriving


    Feeling Proud- Driving ! #MentalHealth #Independence #Autism #CheckInWithMe

    I never ever thought I would be those independent and confidence in myself that I am learning to drive! Got two driving lessons this week! #Depression
    6 years a go I was lying in bed and not bothering to be a live and just waste away but not am thriving! #Gaveup
    Don’t get my wrong still have blips but get stronger every time ❤️Xxx 🚙🚙
    #MentalHealth #Autism #CheckInWithMe #thriving


    How are you #thriving this week?

    Holidays can be extremely hard for us #Spoonies and this Valentines day has been no different. I just want to remind you that you are loved and worthy. No matter what, you are here, you are a warrior and you are a #thriver ! #ThriverThursday#LymeDisease#ChronicIllness#Depression#MentalHealth#Anxiety