Thanksgiving Turkey with a side dish of Depression

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I have not only been dealing with depression for about the last month and a half, I have also been experiencing mixed episodes, ultra-rapid cycling, and mania.

My brain likes to cycle through depression and mania

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Every day since the middle of October, I have had some combination of mania and/or depression multiple times throughout the day.  There for a while, I was cycling pretty quickly.  My p-doc prescribed medicine for the bipolar which would bring the current count of different drugs I take throughout a given day to eight.  I was hoping this drug would slow down the cycling and minimize the mixed episodes.  Dr. DeLand started me on a very small dose of this originally-used-as an anti-epileptic drug.  All it did was make me spend more time in the depression end of the pool of thoughts.

A Big fat FAILURE – my depression and me

Each time depression overtakes my body, I feel like a big failure since I drop off the face of the earth and I don’t write for a very long period.  During this time, there is always so much to write about but with so little focus, motivation, and energy to write.


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Bipolar is cyclical.  This is my promise to you that I will have crazy bipolar cycles that will last for several weeks sometime in the future for the rest of my life.  I know I need to remember to keep blogging.  Even if it is a paragraph or just a sentence.  At least you guys will know I am still here.

“Shhh!  I’m hunting jobs!”

The week before Thanksgiving, I went on an interview.  I would have been offered the job on the spot if there wasn’t such a snafu with insurance.  Long story.  All that to say, I did not get the job.  (During the interview, my depression lifted for a few moments and I was extremely manic.)

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There have been many an application completed and sent off to various companies.  I am trying to find a job with steadier pay as opposed to freelancing which is so lucrative. I am only trying for part-time work so as not to take on too much stress, I am looking at the physical space, too.  One of the qualifications I am looking for in a job is the ease for me to be able to get up and move a bunch on the job.  This means, no “cubical city” or receptionist’s desk!  Yahoo!

As of now, I have two interviews on Monday, December 1st.  Both jobs sound like fun and doable.  However, tonight I began experiencing high anxiety.  Like an 8 or a 9 on a scale of 1-10 with one being tiny anxiety to 10 which is hand me a bucket so I can throw up.  Right now as I am typing this post, I am nausea.  Also my entire body is tense and I have a bad stress headache. Ugh! The interview doesn’t scare me. It is actually going to the job, staying there all day, and staying with the company until I die.

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What about Life Conquering?

I am even more “in” than I ever was with my mental health speaking and writing outreach.   I love what I do with Life Conquering – A Mental Health Outreach.  I will never retire because this Outreach will always be something that I want to do for Jesus.

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If you know of an online or print publication that pays contributing authors or someone who needs a blogger for their company, please pass the info my way.  Of course I can write about subjects other than mental health.  I would really appreciate it!  To be honest, I would much rather make a living as a freelance writer than at a job outside of the house due to the severe anxiety I get.

Call to Action

If you haven’t written me an email yet, please do.  I would love to hear about your story.  I will do my best to reply in a decent time frame.  lifeconquering@gmail.com

References

https://lifeconquering.org/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

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