Saturday, August 05, 2006

Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Illness

I battle with clinical depression and am able to overcome the debilitation most of the time. This is because the depression is linked to MS. It's almost predictable in it's reappearance. It relates not only to the MS, but also to the worst stress in my life.

Right now I am again dealing with an exacerbation and resultant depression. Not coincidentally, one of the worst recurring stresses of my life is again making an appearance. At present I am unable to detail the stress, which is not work related, but at least I have tools to help.

Blogging is one of those tools. Not just writing, but also reading blogs. This blog, in particular, is especially helpful. I read it daily, addictively. The writer is that good. Recently she opened a thread of commentary, usually verboten, and now closed.

Many people say they've thought of going into the psychological sciences, either as a practitioner or in research. Not me. The inner strength required for that work is not one of my gifts. What psychologists are especially good at is listening and relating. That is the sort of thing found at Intueri.

If you are dealing with mental illness, bookmark it. When you are strong enough, visit. Sometimes it's disturbing, other times it's inspiring, but it is always a bit of a surprise.

pb
Little Pond

5 comments:

Miss Chris said...

Blogging is like therapy for me. Like you said, not just writing, but reading them too.

Maria said...

Wow--thank you for this. My writing is hardly deserving of that praise, but I appreciate it nonetheless.

May peace be with you.

mdmhvonpa said...

Fortunate for me, I can usually power through my downturns ... Perhaps the blogging does help?

pb said...

Because that is the purpose of this blog, I probably blog more during the exacerbations.

Its indoors, I can sit and still accomplish something.

Seems to work for me.

Daniel Haszard said...

Well said,i applaud your blog, mental health consumers are the least capable of self advocacy,my doctors made me take zyprexa for 4 years which was ineffective for my symptoms.I now have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it's Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.--Daniel Haszard www.zyprexa-victims.com