3 Things I Learned From Mental Illness

3 Things I Learned From Mental Illness

"Your life may be perfectly fine, but that doesn't mean you are"

Your life may be perfectly fine, but that doesn't mean you are

I think naturally there is a subconscious need for reason and sense when it comes to our emotions. We believe we need a valid reason to feel happy, sad, or even angry. Well, that isn’t the case for almost half of the people suffering with mental illness. Either spontaneously or genetically, some people can just be depressed. I know personally, this conflicted me the most. I would go visit my psychiatrist or therapist, and they would always ask me if something happened to me that made me get into this headspace I was in. I would always say no, and I simply felt that no one believed me. This is when I had to come to the realization that the answer doesn’t have to be yes. Not everyone surrounding you is going to understand this, but I promise there are people who do. Talk to them, your emotions are just as valid as anyone else’s, even if you cant explain where they bloomed. 

Getting medicated is not an easy process

In my sophomore year of high school, I was put on my first round of medication. Beforehand, I was only told I should feel better soon, and if not to call my doctor. I had no prior knowledge of how this would affect me mentally, and physically, and I feel like people avoid this part of recovery. There are various side effects which include vomiting, nauseau, uncontrollable shaking, insomnia, extreme fatigue, and suicidal thoughts with pretty much any mood – stabilizer/anti – depressant. The extent of these is what really surprised me. I would get sick every morning before school, then it would continue throughout my day. I tried to act like nothing was happening, that I could handle it, but honestly it is so tough. You will go through this huge rollercoaster, extreme highs where you finally feel a sense of relief and the mess are working, and extreme lows where you almost feel like you are back at square one. It is exhausting, and not at all a glorious or beautiful process. But despite this, it was the best decision I have ever made. It took more changes in medication than I knew was possible, but my Senior year I finally was stable, and I know that it was worth every single bad day. One more thing I learned that I believe many others can is the length of medical treatment. There are millions, if not billions, of chemicals that go into our mood and perception. Every single case is different. There is no way to know what medication can help your inbalance, and sadly, it takes a lot longer than most of us hope. So if you are going through this currently, or you are scared to start medication, just know it is going to be challenging, but you will come out strong in the end as long as you hold onto hope!

I am lonely, but I am not alone

Loneliness is one of the main symptoms of depression. Again, there isn’t always an explanation for this feeling. I used to walk the halls in school, or even go to the grocery store, and I could swear everyone would look past me. Sometimes I was even convinced I didn’t exist, and I . No one can tell you that you aren’t lonely, because its not always visible. You can be in a crowded room full of hundreds of people, and either mentally or physically, you just feel an immense amount of isolation. I had to face this alone, because it was causing me to totally detach myself from everyone I knew and loved. I didn’t believe I meant something, I didn’t feel seen, so this healing process was ultimately left up to me. I think the moment that saved me from the emptiness was when I went to an institution. I know, sounds intimidating, but that’s when you can physically see proof that you are not alone. I got to hear children’s stories, and sometimes nurses would come and ask me about my own. This sparked something in my mind, and I’m so glad it did. I realized that although I am lonely, I am not alone. If you are feeling this way, please talk to a friend, family member, or a loved one. There is always someone to prove that little voice in your head wrong!


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Six Travel Tips For Diabetics To Keep Blood Sugar In Check

Don't let diabetes keep you from the things you love .

Being diagnosed with diabetes is usually a life changing incident for anyone. It does come with a whole bunch of restrictions, medication and changes which seem quite overwhelming. If you are someone who loves to travel, the biggest question that arises is what diabetes means for your travel plans! Well, don’t you worry, because with the help of a bit of planning you can travel safely.

Doctor’s note

For your own safety always carry a note from your doctor stating your health condition, medical specifications with dosage, emergency medicine and paraphernalia including emergency foods that can be administered. Make sure you carry it on yourself all the time while travelling so that in case of any emergency, people can read the note to help you out.

Have your insulin handy

Insulin is your best friend and life saver when you are diabetic therefore, it is important that you carry and store your insulin safely. While flying keep all your diabetes medicines and insulin pens or bottles etc. in a separate small bag in your hand luggage. Make sure you keep a note explaining the details on insulin administration in the bag.

Always carry water

Owing to the increased sugar levels in the blood people who have diabetes are more prone to getting dehydrated. Not only can this make you exhausted and sick, it can also raise your blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar can be extremely harmful. If not controlled, it can lead to organ damage. Moreover, owing to diabetes, your organs are always a bit vulnerable, so low water consumption can also contribute to kidney diseases.

Carry some snacks

Make sure that you care some snacks, especially some sugar-based ones like candy or even glucose or plain sugar in case your blood sugar level drops during the trip. It is important to keep a tab on what you are eating throughout the trip since it can and will affect your health. If you need to travel somewhere which requires you to be in a place with no food to buy, pack some snacks before the trip so that you can avoid a gap between two meals which can cause your blood sugar to fall otherwise.

Take care of your feet

Any kind of injury take a much longer time to heal for a diabetic person, hence it is always a wise idea to stay safe and avoid injury. During travelling the body part which is usually most likely to be injured is the foot. Therefore, it is important to choose proper footwear for your travels. There is a variety of special footwear for diabetic patients available in the market.

Mention your dietary restrictions

While travelling make sure you mention your health condition and dietary restrictions to the people at the hotels and restaurants you eat at so that your food can be prepared accordingly. If you are travelling with a caregiver or travel companions, make sure they are aware of your restrictions as well.

Diabetes is not the end of the line, so don’t let it stop you from travelling. With proper caution, medication, emergency options like insulin, and good lifestyle management, you can live a happy life and satisfy your wanderlust.

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