💛September: Suicide Awareness Month- Please Share Because You Care 💛

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This is an excellent, helpful post. Suicidal feelings and thoughts can seem so rational. It can seem like a sensible solution. But, since there is often shame attached to suicide, some people do not seek help from the nearest and dearest. And usually, people not trained to deal with a suicidal person cannot help. Professional help is of the utmost importance.

Beckie's Mental Mess

Suicide Awareness -- RIP Jake.. cant believe its been 3 years 11.18.10, not a day goes by that i dont think of you!

Hello, My Friends.  

September is dedicated to Suicide Awareness. 

Vulnerable people don’t always appear to look vulnerable.  They look just like anyone walking their dog on the sidewalk, a co-worker sitting alongside you at work, a mother rushing through the grocery store picking up food for her family, a child studying for a test.  Yes, people just going along their day normally can be holding in pain so devastating, yet to appear just that…  Normal on the outside to the others around them.

Such a sad truth. So many times I wish there was enough strength and hope in me to drown out the pain for anyone feeling suicidal. I don't want to sound like a PSA, but I want you to know that if you're hurting, there's help. Don't be afraid to call 1-800-273-8255 and talk with someone. We're in this fight with you. You can win.  The most horrifying thing about suicidal thinking is the feeling of losing all hope to live.  You feel estranged from yourself.  Your mind is spinning out of control and the only thought lingering is to escape from your own thoughts.  You just want your mind to stop racing and the only way some people see this ending is if they themselves end their lives.  

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To all the Smokes I’ve loved before…

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Jodi Ambrose's Blog

…you can go suck it because I beat you!!!!

I am SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!!

I’ve been more stressed the last few weeks (as you guys know) then I’ve been in a looooooong time. And even though hari kari was calling my name and I kept eyeballing the shotgun and taser, I managed to NOT SMOKE even a single drag!!!

It’s been 4 months, 28 days and 9 hours since I had a puff on a cigarette (not that I’m counting). Yay!! And it was TEMPTING!! That night my sister was my superhero and I sat in my car crying and screaming on the phone to her, there was a pack of unopened smokes just sitting in my glovebox. I keep them there to prove to myself that I don’t need them. And it worked.

Quitting cold turkey after smoking since I was 14 (with a few breaks here and…

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If We Listened to the Birds — lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

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Click on any photo to enlarge all. If We Listened to the Birds If I were a mighty bird, fluent in both voice and word, when the weather shifted colder, I’d wing myself to royal shoulder, have a perch and, I confess, use all the powers I possess to loosen up and leave my mark […]

via If We Listened to the Birds — lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Abilify, Rexulti and Latuda

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When medicine works it can be a great blessing.  But when it doesn’t, it is frustrating.  I had been doing really well on Abilify, but it really messed with my blood sugar levels and after many years on it, I became diabetic.  At 30 mg., it took some time to titrate me off of it slowly.  Then, I was prescribed Rexulti.  Initially, I felt good on it.  But, then midway through the first month on it, I began laying in bed a lot because my head felt so heavy.  With this came irritability.  By the end of the month I had become suicidal and had started researching how to kill myself with different medications.  I even impulsively downed 600 mg. of Trazadone one night.  Alarmed, I made an appointment with my psychiatrist who recommended I go to a mental hospital till the Rexulti left my system.  The day before I went in, she prescribed me Latuda.  Each day in the hospital improved my mood and I stopped feeling suicidal.  The day after I was discharged though I began to have severe anxiety attacks which lasted all day.  I was prescribed Vestaril three times a day. Thankfully, it relieved my anxiety.  But, I then became depressed and listless.  I realized that the Latuda wasn’t doing anything to stabilize me.  Back I went to the psychiatrist and begged to be put on Abilify  temporarily for the next month since I had a trip planned to Chicago later in September to attend a friend’s memorial and had agreed to watch another friend’s animals while she went on vacation.  I needed to be functioning for all this and knew from past experience that Abilify was great at stabilizing my moods.  I am happy to report that it is working and I feel a great improvement in my spirit and no longer lie endlessly in bed but, instead getting a great many things done and making up for so many weeks of lost time.  Another thing I realized was that I had been having more bad days and feeling depressed as my dosage of Abilify was being lowered over many months.  Now I am on 10mg. of Abilify.  But what do I do in October?  I can’t stay on Abilify because it makes me diabetic.  What drug will I be put on next?  Does anyone have any ideas or have had good results with any other mood stabilizers or antipsychotics?   I’d really appreciate some feedback.