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  1. RussellSue

    Bipolar Mixed Episode - Bipolar

    Thanks so much for the encouragement. It is very much needed right now.
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    What Are You Feeling Today? Not Thinking, Rather Feeling! Can You Identify Yours?

    Defensive Irritable Hypomanic Depressed Annoyed Tired Loved Appreciated Needed Weary
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    Sufferer The easiest way to control ptsd

    I have managed to do all of this and exercise regularly, except for the caffeine part. I still have 2 cups of coffee daily. I am a big Daniel Amen fan and I absolutely trust what he says about caffeine and pretty much everything, but I haven't reached all of my goals, yet. I am also gluten and...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    4 Enchiladas and French fries with Lemon Zinger tea. Today was just that kind of party.
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    Mood Disorder Meds that aren't antidepressants

    You're right. I need to look into ED. I've had a lot of physicals since I had my original schizoaffective dx at 21, but I don't think I have been checked for that and even my last therapist told me to get checked. Thank you.
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    Bipolar Mixed Episode - Bipolar

    Damn it, I am trying. I got back on 300 mgs of Lithium twice a day, but the pills are not extended-release, so mornings and late afternoons, I am right back where I was. I have another appointment in the morning with primary care and am hoping to get some extended-release tablets. In the...
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    Differentiating Paranoia from being Sensitive and Overreacting

    Thank you. Have a good evening. 🌹
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    Differentiating Paranoia from being Sensitive and Overreacting

    I can see how what I initially posted might have made you see my relationship with my husband different than it is -- I often describe my outward responses with as much intensity as my inner responses -- "attack" was the wrong word, but it is not your business, especially after I tried to get...
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    What are you having for dinner? (wanna share your recipe?)

    I don't think so. Mother truckers might have a harder time appreciating a mudflap girl cookie cutter -- not in every instance, of course. Trucker mothers won't always like it, but they might get them to make cookies for their sons. 🤣 Don't mind me. I have WAY too much time on my hands.
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    Not functioning without all of service dog’s tasks

    I have never had a service dog, so please understand if I am no help, at all. It sounds to me that some of what you are going through is a bit of grief, realizing that your dog isn't always going to be there for you. I imagine this is part of why reaching out to friends is helping. I'm not...
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    You're damned right you are. I've never even had a chicken leek pie. There you are getting them delivered and cheesy bread right after, too. 🤣
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    That's great. I am glad that you are getting that. Does your mum come by every day? And bring food? I admit that I am a little jealous.
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    I hope so, too. It really sucks when you are looking for help and you get extra stress, instead. I've been through that a lot, lately.
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Oh no! I am sorry. That is unhelpful. Then, of course, you arguing with them about it makes you look more delusional, right? I was not diagnosed with PTSD until about 6 years ago, as I think I recently told you. I had flashbacks that were called hallucinations and I remember arguing with the...
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    12 years?? Have you been trying to get help all that time? Do you mind me asking what you are diagnosed with? I guess I ought to be grateful that I was on gabapentin for pain. I didn't know it treated mood disorders. But my mom told me about my stepdad's cancer probably 2.5 weeks after the last...
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Yay! Finally! 👍 🐳 I've been so thrown for a loop by all of this. If I had needed to wait for 2 weeks for help, I think I'd have wound up in the hospital. When I went down, I went down harder than I have in probably 10 years.
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    Tannin Sensitivity, GERD, and Meds

    I typically drink only cold-brew coffee and tea because I have a problem with tannins but also have an addiction I have refused to let go of. I upped my intake of green tea recently by 3 cups and lowered my intake of coffee by 1 cup (which lowered my overall caffeine intake) and didn't seem to...
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Thanks. I got an appointment for in the morning. That's possibly the only nice thing about living in a village -- next-day doc appointments. So, is that your dinner, then?
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Oh sorry -- primary care doc
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    I think I like your mum. She's all about the good food, isn't she? That's lovely. I'm alright. I am wrestling with the awareness that my PC gave me extended-release dosing instructions but not extended-release pills. I think I will call and try to fix the issue because even though I have an...
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Hello! how goes it?? 🐳
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    Chat, check-in, and hang out

    Thank you for mentioning this. Because you did, I had a bit longer talk with my husband about our current situation. We've decided to stick it out for the next 18 months, rather than moving again this summer. That doesn't exactly make me feel settled, but I do feel less rushed and immediately...
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    Differentiating Paranoia from being Sensitive and Overreacting

    Why do you feel I need to be told this? If I did not understand what I was doing or that it was unhelpful, I wouldn't be able to describe it as such. And there's a lot more, but again, I wasn't providing this highly summarized snippet (which does not describe my behavior in any meaningful way)...
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    Differentiating Paranoia from being Sensitive and Overreacting

    He's always done this. But this provides a good example of where I have thought I was having paranoia when it really was just me not wanting to feel judged. I thought better of sharing any of this but I chose to, knowing that there was this possibility. You made a lot of assumptions, here...
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    Individual Placement and Support (ISP)

    You would think so. My counselor didn't know what I was talking about. He's looking into it.
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