So it’s national volunteers week (well it was last week and as it’s only Tuesday i’m counting it as the same thing) and i wanted to take a second to share some work i’ve been doing around the value of volunteering and how crucial it has been for my recovery.
After i came back to Cambridge i was still pretty unwell, i know this because i needed a hair cut and put it off for months because it would require someone looking at me. Because i am a regular human being who wants to use their brain i felt a strange amalgamation of wanting to do something useful that gave me purpose but also to do something where nobody relied on me or expected anything. It is quite hard to find this balance when you would like the challenge to be something other than tidying your flat and after a failed interview at the co op (failed as in did not attend) i figured employment was probably not an option. Continue reading
Hi guys! A couple of people have asked about meds recently and it occurred to me today this might be a useful resource for some people. I’ve been feeling a little fuzzy headed recently and my boyfriend recommended taking B vitamins (they seem to be all about vitamins in America) but there are some strange interactions with psychiatric meds (echinacea is a no go on Lamotrigine for example and grapefruit juice can be genuinely dangerous on Lithium) so i wanted to check it out. After a bit of a google search i found there weren’t many easy to read med guides that weren’t an extensive patient safety leaflet in teeny tiny writing so i’ve gone back to the faithful link on my local mental health Trusts website. As it’s unlikely to come up in a general search i thought i’d share the link here, enjoy!
Link me to the website!
It’s 4:55 am and I’ve been up since about 4, I’ve recently been taking my sleeping tablets every night in order to ensure I stay well during a bit of a transitionary stage but my stock is running low which means I need to start attempting to sleep on my own like a regular human being. This is the first night of the pain in the ass that is med free sleep and my eyes are burning and I already hate this day but crazy early mornings are always a good time to blog so I’m making the most of this sleep deprived state. Continue reading
Here are my top 10 tips for getting the right diagnosis and accessing the support you need: Continue reading