Today has been a decent day because I got to spend some time with my best friend @jazminegonzalez87. She saved my ass and helped me with an article that was overdue and that I was stressing over big time. I also got to spend some time with my Godson. My article was almost 24 hours late. I don’t know what’s up with me lately. I can’t function right and I always feel like my brain is a fog which makes it hard to think and act like a normal human being.
I just need to vent. It’s but such an irritating morning and it has only just begun. I didn’t get to sleep until close to 6 something in the morning and was rudely around 8 am to the very annoying sounds of water dripping. Let me just say that it is not raining outside but more so inside my apartment. Continue reading
So, literally out of nowhere I got the biggest feeling of loneliness and a longing for my family. I had finally started to get back to work and started working on my article 📑 (I only have 5 more entries to write) and all these feelings and emotions just hit me, and they hit me hard. I don’t know how I am supposed to feel or why, when I was fine, my mind decided to screw with me. Maybe it has something to with the fact that Mike fell asleep in the living for some reason, and I was literally all by myself. 😦
I have been having so many issues with procrastinating today. I was able to work pretty solid earlier in the day, and even completes and submitted an article. Afterwards, I just could not motivate myself to really get much work down. Even now by blogging, I am procrastinating. I should be working on my article that is due tomorrow since it is pretty in-depth and needs a decent amount of research done in order to write it, but instead, I have been helping my sister with her outline, chatting on Facebook, and pretty much everything else besides getting my work done. This is procrastination at it’s finest. Continue reading
By: Samantha Steiner
Okay, parents, this one is not for the faint of heart. Are serial killers born or raised? There is an argument of nature versus nurture that is still ongoing and heavily researched even today. Continue reading
1. Understand Your Sleep Needs
It’s important to figure out the numbers – when and for how long do you need to sleep? Since wake-up times are non-negotiable, start from there and work backward to determine your true bedtime. Continue reading
So, I did end up getting paid. Babygaga is a legit company, however, I still have no cash in hand. I’m stuck waiting for PayPal to transfer it to my bank, and then floor my bank to release it to me. I’m a highly impatient person, and I’ve been workout real income since March so I really, really needed this money ASAP. I know I’ve waited this long, so what’s one more day. Logically, that makes so much sense, but I’m not always a logic person.
Preparing For Your Psych Appointment
Most people don’t bother preparing for their appointments because either they don’t see the point in it, they think it’s a waste of time, or they think they already know everything they want to mention. But how many times have you left an appointment and thought, “Oh man, I completely forgot to mention that!” or “Oh, yeah I need a refill on that!” I know I have done it plenty of times before I actually started jotting down notes on things I want or need to mention. My mom had been trying to get me do this for years and then one day after forgetting to mention a really important side effect it finally clicked. So thank you for that mom!
Now that almost everyone has smartphones glued to their faces, all you have to do is create a list of things you should mention or bring up during your next appointment right in your phone’s memo or notepad. Lists and memos are not just for our parents and grandparents anymore. If you want to take change or your own health then this is something that you should really start getting in the habit of doing.
Just because I am labeling this is “Preparing For A Psych Appointment” does not mean that you cannot apply this to any other appointment you may have as well.
Creating a list of notes for your upcoming appointment is probably the best thing you could do to avoid leaving anything out. There’s no harm in being too thorough.
Here’s an example of what my list would look like:
- Medication Issues
- Side Effects
- Decreased Effectiveness
- Noticing No Changes (especially with new meds)
- Have I started/stopped any meds?
- What Over-the-counter meds am I taking?
- Has a different provider (Family Doctor, Neurologist, Etc..) started me on a new med?
- Mood Changes
- New/Worsening Symptoms
- If I am having “episodes” and for how long?
- Such as an actual Manic or Depressive episode.
- Self-Injurious Behaviors +/-
- How many hours am I sleeping on average?
- Any notable appetite changes?
- Any psychosis/hallucinations?
- Any dissociative episodes?
- Any Insurance/Income Changes?
- Any Major Life Events?
- Major Life Events should be noted because these could affect mood and overall well-being. (This includes, but is not limited too; Divorce, Marriage, Job Change/Loss, Move, Death in the family, Pregnancy, etc…)
- Noticeable weight change?
- Are there any bothersome physical issues?
- Dizziness, Headaches, etc…
This may seem like an extensive list, but too much information for a doctor to have is never a bad thing. It is always best to cover your bases when it comes to your health, especially your mental health. Not only does your mental health affect your mind, but it can affect your body as well.
Now, my list won’t necessarily look like your list. Everyone is different and has their own unique bases to cover. I just happen to have a lot of issues to generally discuss during my appointments. After dealing with my mental health for over 15 years, I try to get the most out of every appointment because my main goal is recovery and getting better. I try to utilize my time and make sure I keep my doctors informed so they can also keep track if they think I am making progress or regressing.
I hope someone can get some use out this. It’s definitely worth it. I wish I would have started making checklists for my appointments sooner. It would have saved me so much time, and so many unnecessary phone calls.
Sleeplessness. What causes it? Image via Flickr.
By definition, insomnia is ‘habitual sleeplessness or an inability to sleep.’ The words seem harmless, but the condition definitely isn’t. Imagine nights of staring at the clock, exhausted but unable to get any sleep. It can strike anybody, at any time and lead to major health issues, including depression. Yet, few of us know enough about the condition to protect ourselves. For many of us, insomnia is one of those distant things that happens to other people. Is it any wonder, then, that it can floor us completely?
Like with any health-related issue, the best way to avoid the problem is to know more about it. For one; what causes insomnia? You can’t take steps towards prevention without knowing. The bad news is, this is a tricky issue. Many factors could cause problems, and there are different forms of insomnia…
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Things To Ask When Starting a New Medication
By: Samantha Steiner
Bring a notepad to your appointment or in this day and age open up the notepad app in your smartphone and take notes. Sometimes Remember your pharmacists will actually have more, and better, answers for you than your actual doctor will. Continue reading
Keeping Your Mental Health Happy
By: Samantha Steiner
In order to maintain stability with your mental health, there are a few things that you need to do on a regular basis to keep yourself healthy in mind and body. I have put together a simple list of the things that I believe are the most important to keep your mental health happy and well balanced and most of all to keep you happy too! Continue reading