Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Monday, March 7, 2011

PTSD; Sudden Onset Mental Illness (SOMI)

3293 Over the past few years we've been involved in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. You, and even middle-aged men and women leave family and friends to go and do what their government asks of them. No matter your take on this war, these people are doing exactly what gave us this great country over 200 years ago.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, either active or National Guard, or whatever other clandestine group their might be takes these men and women, trains them and sends them out to do their duty. They do as asked, which unfortunately means witnessing or performing aatrocities that are hard for the mind to comprehend. And then, they are sent home. What?

The human psyche cannot be turn on and off just like that. We are finely tuned organisms that use emotions as a variable in our make up. This is the part of us that can't be trained, or untrained once the use has ended. If only what was seen and heard could be forgotten, but it can't. What might seem as forgetting is usually repressing, which results in even more problems later on . And the one main problem that results is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This simply is the minds reaction to a tragedy after the fact; after the adrenaline has subsided.

This illness is, for the most part, environmental in nature. It is the direct result of something that either happened to or around the person. This usually comes on suddenly, thus the reference to "Sudden Onset". Often there are signs that lead up to the obvious manifestation of PTSD. This is a horrible disorder, and one that we need to treat with the seriousness it is due.

The service of our men and women does not stop once they hit American soil. They are no longer fighting the enemy, but a new enemy is fighting them. We don't abandon them in the field, and we should not abandon them at home. Let them know that we have their backs, and that we'll look out for them like they looked out for us.

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