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General Discussion / Re: Set Back and Thank You
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:49:50 PM »
Hello Peace. I'm sorry to hear that you had such a terrible experience with the mental health system and I don't blame you for being upset.

 As long as I've been hanging around the mental health system it has always been beyond me to comprehend who gets help and who doesn't.

 I hope that your worker will reconsider. Unfortunately each CMHA is run a little differently  so I can't advise you on the exact process to ask them to reconsider. However you may want to call the workers supervisor (or have someone call them for you) and advise the supervisor why you feel that you still need support.

 In some places it's the supervisor that determines who gets cut and who doesn't . Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: CAMH
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:37:14 PM »
Hello Everyone. Actually CAMH 3 locations in Toronto, although the College and Spadina and the Russel St one are practically in the place(if I remember correctly LOL). CAMH is also collaborating with 9 other sites across the province.

 However the Stokes site is basically at the Queen St address. For easy viewing just click on the link below. Take Care. paul m,+Toronto,+ON+M6J+1H4/@43.6435848,-79.4185408,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x882b34fdf1fccb53:0x5fbb9a06a129f2c1?hl=en

General Discussion / Re: CAMH
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:17:08 PM »
Hello Peace. It's been so long since I was at CAMH I can't remember where I parked. However there is a website that does tell you about parking costs in general terms     I've never used it, so I don't know.

 When I go into the depths of T.O. I usually park my car at a northern subway parking lot and TTC it. I find it easier and cheaper, however not everyone can stand riding on a bus etc.

 If you have an accessible parking permit(formerly handicap permit), you can park on a number of side streets for free. For details   

 Good Luck with your appt. Take Care. paul m  P.S. to all. The Accessible Parking Permit, is still blue and has a person sitting in a wheel chair like the old Handicapped parking permit. The biggest difference now is that people with severe anxiety issues qualify for the permit. This allows them or their driver to park closer to facilities. You do need a doctors signature on the form, but you do not need a drivers lic to obtain one and they are free. As a bonus many cities offer some areas where people with the permit do not have to pay for parking. You have to be careful, as some cities like T.O. let you park for free at some meters and not at others.   

General Discussion / Re: I'm back on....
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:50:29 PM »
Hello Peter. I hope everything works out ok. I'm in an area like Dragonfly, they seem to think that 2 wks is breaking a record to get your results back. Take Care. paul m

Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:08:56 PM »
Hello Dragonfly and welcome to the new forum. I am looking forward to becoming a grandfather, but in the short term people arranging baby showers etc is slowly driving me a little crazy LOL. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:02:54 PM »
Hello Momfeelinglost, Soozan and Rich. I'm glad that you all found us as you all have made great contributions to the old forum( that goes for you too LuckyLou and Peace).

 I too am having to find my way around. Take Care. paul m


General Discussion / Re: high stress, lack of sleep, and hypomania...
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:56:26 PM »
Hello HSG. I'm glad that you found us.

 Prolonged lack of sleep always triggers some form of hypomania or worse with me. I always keep a bit of seroquel around for the times when I just can't get settled for several days in a row.

 It does sound like you are pretty aware. Good Luck with everything. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:27:43 AM »
Hello LuckyLou. Good to hear from you. Keeping our heads above the water sounds so simple, but I know just how difficult that can be. I hope that you not only keep your head above water, but that someday you will be able to float easily  :). Take Care. paulm 

Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:21:57 AM »
Hello Myriad. Interesting topic.  You and Lucky Lou have already hit a lot of mine, so I will try and add a few different ones.

 I try and get the same amount of sleep each week, no more, no less.

 I try and get some sweat exercise in at least 3X per week and no, sweat exercise isn't walking on the beach on a hot day LOL

 I try to take my meds at the same time each day.

 I try to be honest with my pdoc (that can be harder than it sounds  :))

 I try not to become obsessed over things that I cannot control.

 I try and be patient. (with varying degrees of success  :))

 I try to realize that an a**hole will always be an a**hole and not to get worked up by their comments. There is no way that I'm going to change their opinions, no matter how wonderful my arguments are. Better to just smile and walk away.

 I try to avoid as many triggers as I can

 When the little hamster in my brain gets spinning in it's cage a little to fast I try to concentrate to slow it down.

 I try to remember that sometimes that I just need to be alone.

 When I slip up and don't follow my own rules, I try to learn from that rather than berate myself for slipping up.

 I always try and remember that I'm a good person with a bad illness, not a bad person with good excuses.

 I try to remember that I'm not alone.  Take Care. paulm


Announcements / Using the forum
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:30:23 PM »
Hello Everyone. Learning to use a forum is always a bit of a challenge. A few pointers on this forum.

 It is possible to list an email acct or if you prefer to send private messages.

 When completing your profile you can put in as much or as little info as you like.

 I also believe, but haven't checked out yet, that it is possible to add attachments, have an avatar and do many other things.

 I'm still finding my way around, but don't hesitate to ask for help as it will help me learn the new system faster. 

 I'd also like to thank Daniel F for all of his work in getting this forum started. Take Care. paulm

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:11:19 PM »
Hello Peace. I'm doing fine. The changes are quite a few. I have posted a notice on the old forum so hopefully everyone will join us here. Take Care. paulm

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