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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Pleeb on November 14, 2018, 01:51:15 AM »
Mom, thanks for your thoughts...

Peter
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by momfellinglost on November 13, 2018, 04:18:48 PM »
  I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept a virtual hug from me. It can be harder when it is unexpected. Take your time dealing with your grief and know there is no limit to the time for dealing with it. May your memories help you to cope. Take care of yourself
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Pleeb on November 09, 2018, 09:22:25 PM »
Hi, Dragonfly.... Thanks for your advice.

Sorry to hear about your health concern.


Peter
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Dragonfly on November 09, 2018, 11:57:38 AM »
Hi Peter,

 I am sorry that you are experiencing anxiety due to your age and what you have experienced with your brother.

I am turning 68 next month. I have a number of health issues. I voiced to my daughter the other day that I worry about my kidney function which is not good. I fear I might eventually have to go on dialysis. My daughter told me not to worry at the moment and to take it one step at a time. I try not to dwell on my health issues and enjoy each day as much as possible. Her advice is really good.

I am thinking of you.

Dragonfly

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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Pleeb on November 07, 2018, 06:58:27 PM »
Hi, Peace......Good question!  The answer is yes.

I've had health anxiety lately anyway when I think about being 71.


I learned today I have sleep apnea.  I'm getting another sleep lab session while wearing a CPAP mask that St. Mike's provides.
This is to see how mine should be adjusted once I get one.

Peter
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Peace on November 07, 2018, 05:38:36 AM »
Do you think health anxiety is being triggered over this?
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Pleeb on November 05, 2018, 10:50:43 PM »
My brother may have died from C Difficile - waiting for autopsy.

My friend had the same thing last week.  It's serious, but she was only hospitalized for a couple of days.


Peter
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General Discussion / Re: Relapse
« Last post by Dragonfly on November 04, 2018, 08:58:51 PM »
Welcome comfortably numb,

My mental illness has spanned over many years. With great support from my family, friends, medical professionals I am now quite stable.
I am saying quite. Not always believe me.

There are certain triggers for me. Becoming overtired is a big one. Then the negative thoughts start to come in. I ruminate a great deal about what people have said to me that seem unkind. I analyze some of the things I have done in the past as being really bad and effecting my loved ones. As a woman I think hormones play a large part too. Being an insulin dependent diabetic also effects my moods. The weather definitely makes a big difference. Especially spring and fall. Although sometimes it can be the sunniest day and I still feel that heavy mood of depression setting in.
Regular diet, rest, routine help a lot.
Expecting to much of myself definitely does not help. I want to do too many things at once and have them done yesterday. I have to pace myself.

We are very friendly, non-judgmental and supportive here. Please post anytime. What you have to say can help us all greatly. I have learned much from this forum. I feel I have found friends here.

Dragonfly
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General Discussion / Re: My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« Last post by Peace on November 02, 2018, 09:25:23 AM »
Peter, I love your sense of humour. Having the ability to laugh at ourselves and the silly ideas our conditions plant in our minds can go so far. The 3 N's - notice it, name it, do nothing. Notice the thought or feeling, name it - oh, anxiety or oh, silly thought, then carry on and don't pay heed to it. Valuable tool.

I mix my days up all the time, not having a job to go to does that.

Thinking of you today.

Peace

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General Discussion / Re: Relapse
« Last post by Peace on November 02, 2018, 08:59:05 AM »
I like your name, comfortably numb  :) It's one of my fav Pink Floyd songs.  8)

I've had mental health concerns for years. Something in me just clicks, not sure what it is, and if I don't pay attention to the warning signs and reassess it can spiral rapidly. At times my inability to cope is triggered by events and at times it isn't. It just is, to me there isn't much point to trying to figure out the why. I think one of the worst things that can be said to us is "what are you unhappy about, you have a nice home, etc.". Makes me feel worse about myself than I already do.

I finally after many years received accurate diagnosis - OCD, agoraphobia, PTSD and depression in order of severity. Reality is I was born with the brain disorder OCD and I must be diligent to keep fighting the monster inside my head. Healthy lifestyle and being assertive to be able to say no when overwhelmed are key to maintaining my health.

As Paul said, kudos for not drinking!! That's awesome. It's a poor coping technique that will only make the situation worse, as I'm sure you know. Not a lecture, I'm alcohol dependent myself. Just last night as I was doing my dishes and putting a glass in the cupboard I thought "I wan't a drink" then immediately told myself bad idea.

Take pride in every achievement.

Please reach out to us, we are here for you, and we understand.

Peace


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