Ebb And Flow

There is a sort of ebb and flow to PTSD and depression. John Arenburg.

It would be silly to think everyone understands the plight of the mentally ill mind. While I, like many of you, wish this were true, it’s not; in fact, some of those whom misunderstand mental health conditions are likely people you’re close to. It would be equally naive of me to think I am the only one who experiences this.

Part of the problem, at least in my experience, is the natural ebb and flow of, in my case, PTSD and its ride a long partner depression; might as well hit me from multiple angles, right?

What may be difficult for those who think we can simply get up and shake it off is, when we are in the throes of a depression, we isolate as a result, we can be missing from their lives for days.

you set the boundaries and go from their.

Of course, there’s also a little thing called stigma that is part of this equation too. One’s personal believe has a lot to do with their perception. Regardless of the motive; be aware, anyone can have this point of view, even those closes to you.

Ways to help people understand your mental illness.

While it can be difficult to embrace their inaccurate preconceptions of you, remember, their view is re-enforced by the observations they make when they see you; basically, when you are feeling well.

Ebb and Flow
Ebb and Flow

What’s important to realize that those who don’t understand, don’t have to have a say in your reality. Because one doesn’t think it so, doesn’t make it true, a fact we often forget.

Now does this mean you have to abandon a great friendship? Not from my point of view; we all have elements of being human that are not desirable., they are worthy of forgiveness. They can like it or they can hate it, you set the boundaries and go from there.

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Your priority is to understand that this ebb and flow is real and it does, in fact, take you out; we must get the help we need and when our mental health conditions can’t be helped; we need to ride the wave.

On a positive note, you are under no obligation to accept unfamiliar people into your life if you discover that they are not supportive or they are just downright mean.

if you can “get Over” your anxiety and depression, LUCKILY for you its not CHRONIC.

But John, how can you tell? Well, in my experience, when a person discovers you have a mental illness and has a view that somehow, willing it away is all one needs to do to get “over it” they will hesitate and verbally dance around the subject in an attempt to feel you out. The end goal? Is to figure out the best way to share their opinion; some voice it others don’t; whist others are trying to tell you you’re faking it.

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So please, don’t despair over the words of others. What you are going through is real, you can’t wish it away and you certainly can’t snap out of it. The ebb and flow of mental illness shows us just how real it is.

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end of a nightmare

End of a nightmare

End of a nightmare is my opinion as to how I hope the thing will go, of course, I can not predict the future, but I am optimistic.

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Yesterday, a dark cloud was lifted off, not only the US, but the world overall. With the defeat of Donald Trump, My friends south of the boarder can start to heal. This healing began with the cheers in the streets and hope in their hearts.

When we, the world woke up in our respective corners of the planet this morning, we wake up into a new era. One of hope and alleviation; a dream of peace and resolution. I feel like all of this is possible now. Finally, the end of a nightmare.

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As the sun rose this morning, I sat with my start of the day java and thought a lot about what all these potential possibilities would look like. I thought about the healing that could take place; I wondered how this new dawn would impact the skyrocketing mental health challenges we are seeing worldwide.

Personally, I believe that we will see the mental health epidemic start to shrink. I base this off the fact that the daily onslaught of disinformation and purposeful division will be gone; and thus the end of a nightmare.

End of a nightmare

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Furthermore, with the defeat of a tyrant will come a strategic plan to focus on the most urgent matters. Crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. A very real threat to all persons, everywhere. Fortunately, the measures we have taken here in Canada have drastically reduced the infection rates and thereby limiting the number of deaths. Get despite this, infections are on the rise all over the world .

Are we in the midst of a mental health pandemic?

Well, as far as I can see, alleviating the mental health crises will happen. But only if the actions of the new leadership. For instance, we saw that sure amount of destruction that was caused by the last President. It was devastating for a multitude of reasons. For instance, refusing to look after them pandemic, accentuating hatred and the blatant disregard for the world’s people, has laid a collective blanket of deep depression and anxiety that sprawled across the world.

If the incoming administration takes on COVID-19 and listens to its experts, it should mitigate viral spread. If this is achieved, and I believe it will be, the people of the US will start to see a breakthrough and start to turn the corner; not only will it be evident through their physical health, but as a natural consequence, they will also see an improvement in their psychological well-being too. I apply the same assumptions to the rest of the world’s population.

How to improve your mental health through COVID-19.

If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that the celebration in the streets will service as the catalyst people need; it should jumpstart their mental wellness journey. I feel like it will go something like this:

  • As the transition of power gets closer and closer, the dark cloud will start to lift. As a result, people will start to feel better.
  • When better health measures are enacted to fight the virus, the number of infects should go down. When this happens, people will feel like their government cares.
  • The economy will improve; a robust economy helps with things like one’s overall feelings of physical security.
  • And finally, when people feel safe, their mental health improves.

Of course, there are tough days ahead and nothing is going to go that smooth but I suspect that the mental well-being of the of folks the world over will improve. I really believe that we will see a change for the better; it always does at the end of a nightmare.

Lemonade Stand Vol. III

Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military.  In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness.  So, if you are from the military or emergency service’s, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently comes with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.

Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness, best of all, it attempts to give all you served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!

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In those moments

In those moments

In those moments.

If there’s one thing I have learned from living with a mental health condition, its this. There seems to be an ebb and flow to these damn conditions. Especially depression and post-traumatic stress.

My last depressive episode was a bad one. Thankfully, I think I’m on the other side of it through. Thanksgiving weekend, just a few weekends back, is the most difficult time of year for me. It’s this weekend that I was abducted by PTSD and have been held captive ever since.

Despite all my efforts, I was unable to resuscitate a young man who passed on the front porch of my aunt’s apartment building. So, naturally, I fall to the darkened power of depression every year. Therefore, it stands to reason that my PTSD symptoms are set afire, like a mental migraine, they overcome my brain and send me to hell. Basically, I ache, not physically, but mentally.

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In those moments, I struggle to see the surrounding good, the sense of life and even my own self-worth. While this is obviously a very troubling way to feel, it does however, allow me to feel the fog start to lift. Feeling so intensely blue, makes the emergence of the more chipper me very easy to detect.

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Which brings me to the now. Now, I am feeling more “normal” If you are sitting there wondering how I can tell, well, let me explain. Firstly, it’s all about the energy level. I have more spring in my step and my endurance level is more like the old me. It’s like I am a video game character, low on life force, (depression) until I suddenly come across a health kit; then BOOM! let’s get err done. There is such a remarkable difference, that I have a “thank God” moment because of this contrast.

In those Moments
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Secondly, the need to isolate myself has decreased to baseline. Sure, I’d still prefer the solitude of my own company, but I have an actual desire to see others and appreciate that I am liked by some and loved by others. In those moments, I feel so thankful that I braved the mental illness hurricane, long enough to let it pass; at the end of the chaos, I am alive! Always.

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So, there you have it, This is how I know that I am on my way to wellness once more. Again, the contrast is so remarkable that I almost am euphoric with joy. Furthermore, when I land on the brighter side of my life’s mental heath journey, I am intensely more grateful for the life I have been given…

Please hang in there, it will get better. Then, there will be a period where you feel like you’re loosing. See, it’s in these moments when we have to hold on to the knowledge that it will, indeed get better. You got this.

Lemonade stand

Checkout the book I helped to write:

Lemonade Stand: Vol. III 

Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military.  In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness.  So, if you are from the military or emergency service’s, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently comes with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.

Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness, best of all, it attempts to give all you served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!

Order today

If you are struggling please go here for help: Crisis Services Canada

OR

Checkout our Mental Health Resources Page

Contact me on my Facebook page: The Road To Mental Wellness

Ebb And Flow
There is a sort of ebb and flow to PTSD and depression. …
A test of mental strength.
Let's make no mistake, this holiday season will be A test of …
Hang in, there is hope.
For those with PTSD, sleep can be their enemy; plagued by a …
Don’t let your illness define you
It was pointed out to me that we are more than our …