Brooklyn Family Support Fair
The 2018 Brooklyn Family Support Fair provides one-stop shopping for families and professionals looking to learn about services for people with I/DD in Brooklyn. In addition to our Resource Fair, we will offer workshops and an "ask the experts" area. Attendance is now FREE for people with I/DD and family members and professionals (except booth). When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Brooklyn College Student Union 2705 Campus Rd. Brooklyn, NY 11210
Contact: Jay Kleinman/Patricia Chery
Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council
These are some of the delusions/beliefs I struggle (struggle isn't a strong enough word 🤔) with during psychosis. My psychosis used to be a symptom of my mania, many years back - if I reached mania, I would get psychotic. I would hallucinate (auditory & visual hallucinations) & have wild beliefs; I'd think I could fly, that I couldn't be killed, that the world was a painting I was living in. About 5 years back we mentioned to my social worker at the time that I was experiencing #psychosis outside of mania...this was a new thing for me, but as ever the SW didn't give a 🙄 They never do, & seeing as they're all you see in the MH services, it's fucking pointless 😅 But now my psychosis is pretty random, as its not just restricted to mania, but it's not constant either...it'll cripple me for a month or two, make my life unbearable...then I'll live in ignorance until the next time it hits. One of the many reasons we wanted a referral to a psychiatrist (that & the fact medical appts have made my bipolar unmanageable) but of course my GP refused this because I dropped out of CMHT a few years back, so she'd rather refer me to a psychologist who can't prescribe needs. I dropped out *because* I didn't get to see my damn psychiatrist but once a year, I'd been in the system 5+yrs, & the SWs were a sack of shit who never did anything, never listened, & couldn't adjust my meds. This meant I was left living with constant symptoms, awful side effects from meds that didn't help, & had fortnightly useless appts that stressed me tf out. Yay, #mentalhealth services, right? 🙄
let me set the scene. it’s 4 am and I’m wearing my finest leather jacket. so worn in that when I slide into it, it slips around me like a latex suit. the morn is young so much more of the day to seize. you sit pondering what your gonna do that day only to come to the realisation that u want to lie in bed all day and eat. the end ;)
Before May ends I want to share 13 things. Long post ahead....
1. May is #mentalhealthawarenessmonth
2. #Mentalhealth is so important and should be taken seriously on both ends. Whether you struggle with an illness or not.
3. If you don't understand please take a second and try to. Your world is a little different than someone who lives with #depression , #anxiety , #PTSD , #OCD , #anorexia , #bodydysmorphia , #Bipolardisorder , #ADHD , #ADD#schizophrenia , etc. These are only to name a few.
4. You can be depressed and not have depression. You can be anxious or have a moment of anxiety without living with and dealing with anxiety in a day to day basis.
Basically. You can have some symptoms without having the illness.
5. I have ADHD. And for the LONGEST time I went officially undiagnosed and I thought there was something wrong with me. Like I was defective. Why can't I do what I will to do? What others so easily seem to accomplish? There are so many different ways ADHD impacts my daily life.
6. Having awareness of your "illness"disease"disorder" is the first most important part and the most freeing. You can finally have a better grasp of what you're dealing with and can decide what the next step to take it.
7. You are not alone in this. Just because Billy, Joe or Bob don't understand what you're living with and don't care to know doesn't mean you're wrong, defective, or crazy.
8. Some people have misinformation about mental health and mental illnesses and will wrongly judge or assume things about someone with that "illness"
9. Take a moment to not get angry with them if they're being ignorant but simply to try and help them understand.
10. Don't be afraid to get help. Don't be afraid to take medication. Don't be afraid of your illness.
11. You have the power and control. You can overcome whatever it is that's in front of you. You can be victorious. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a weight that will be lifted off.
12. You are still amazing and perfectly you. Your illness doesn't define you or control you. It can impact and effect you but it is only a part of you. Not you a part of it.
13. Carpe diem 💛
I like that you can see a lot of Finley's #SharPei flab rolls here 😍😂 He was phenomenal yesterday; frequent alerts & responses all day, he rocked a busy walk & a toilet trip in the dark, & he was extremely cuddly! Today we're having a quieter day as yesterday left me in so much pain 😥 🌈 I meant to post this after seeing our friend - I've realised that since coming out as #trans , I'm 100x more confident around friends. This sounds weird, but in the past whenever I spent time with friends I used to be so scared of being alone with them...to the point that before they arrived I'd be asking Lyle to come up with a plan for if he needed the loo 😂 My #anxiety would amp up whenever I was alone with my friends, I wouldn't know what to say or how to behave. But in the last few months we've seen several friends, & now I feel no awkwardness...chatting totally at ease whilst Lyle cooks/walks one of the other dogs, comfortable in my own skin around them, & it made me happy to hear them correcting any accidental misgenderings/deadnames & respecting who I am 😊 I would never have imagined accepting myself would have improved other things like this, but yay 🙂
#butyoudontlooksick#chronicpain#chronicfatigue#chronicallyill#chronicillness#POTSsyndrome#disabled#disability#spoonie#transgender#trans#nonbinary#lgbt + #bipolar#bipolardisorder#Transmasc#lgbtpride#transpride#hypermobile#wheelchair#puppy#Labrador
Im just gonna award myself the girlfriend of the year-award, as I came home from a 10-hour night shift and is currently doing the laundry instead of waking up my love as she needs her sleep. Good girlfriend me. 😬
That actually happened.... (for anyone who doesn’t know, stir crazy means when being locked in somewhere starts having negative impacts on your health...which it was. So I was using it properly and in the right context etc during a 1:1 with my doctor about my mental health) •backup•
▪️Когда скрываешься от масс-медиа, потому что они отрицательно влияют на твоё ментальное здоровье, ты даже не хочешь выходить в интернет.
▪️Я не люблю давать интервью, а в блоге — это словно обычные посиделки.
▪️Порой перед камерами мне хочется закричать "Вы ослепляете меня, мне плохо", но им это только понравится. Мне и правда бывает плохо, иногда я просыпаюсь по утрам и понимаю, что не хочу вставать с постели, и да, я улыбаюсь, обсуждая свое психическое здоровье, но эта улыбка ни о чем не говорит — я привыкла, что должна выглядеть довольной, даже таковой не являясь.
▪️Мои проблемы с тревогой и паникой были главной темой для обсуждения среди моделей и менеджеров агенства, и я на год удалила ИГ и разорвала контракт.
▪️Я не особо распространяюсь о своих страхах в последнее время, но я поняла одну хорошую вещь - нужно заботиться о своём здоровье. Я делаю все только ради своего удовольствия и счастья, живу вдали от лишних камер и пытаюсь особо не обращать внимание на что-то плохое.
▪️Когда я заговорила о своих страхах, ко мне начали подходить разного рода знаменитости и признаваться, что чувствуют то же самое. Таких людей много. Я смотрю, что они делают, чтобы справиться с этой проблемой, собираю эту информацию и стараюсь понять, что сможет помочь мне.
▪️Я начала посещать психотерапию. И составила целый гид по тому, как сохранять своё ментальное здоровье в целостности. Думаю, я напишу о нем. Это серьёзный пост, не для любителей 🍑 и 🌰. Тут есть такие?
This little cutie was eating leaves today and tried to offer them to me. Lol
My squash is coming up in my garden and I'm delighted. I planted more and watered everything. I'm determined to be consistent and not lose everything like I have in the past.
I have some cool 🍄 growing in my garden breaking down my wood chips.
And beautiful roses. I love spring summer and all the beauty in my yard. It wasn't always this way though. Only three or four years ago my entire yard was 3 ft high thistles. The ENTIRE thing! It has come a long way. There is still a long way to go but I love it.