You’re Just Like Me: MARCI

This week my guest blogger is Marci. Marci’s blog is all about ways to help you cope with your mental illness. She also blog challenges so you can get to know more about her. Love it!

Hey Marci! 🙂

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So you have a mental illness.. Which one? 

I have schizoaffective disorder- bipolar type and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that has components of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, in my case bipolar disorder.  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the personality disorders that is more of a way of being that effects your entire life.

When were you diagnosed & how old were you?

I was diagnosed with Depression and Insomnia at age 11, and put on antidepressants and sleep medication.  Since then I have been on many different medications and been diagnosed and re-diagnosed.  I was diagnosed with the BPD at age 18 though I did not find out about it until a few years later.  I was diagnosed with the schizoaffective disorder when I was 26, about 6 years ago.  Between the depression diagnosis at age 11 and the schizoaffective disorder diagnosis at age 26, I was diagnosed with a number of mood disorders and psychotic disorders, including the various types of bipolar disorder and psychosis Not otherwise specified.

How do you cope with your mental illness?

I go to counseling appointments once a week, therapy once a month, and take medication daily and see a psychiatrist as needed for medication management.  I also blog, journal, use DBT Skills, listen to mindfulness recordings, and try to keep a structured schedule with distraction, responsibilities and fun.

What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?

Unique, unstable, frustrated.

What are some ways you relax from your illness?

Blog to vent and get things off my mind.  Take baths and sometimes listen to mindfulness tracks on my iPad.  Do things with friends and try to have a somewhat normal life.  Scrapbook, journal, and keep up with hobbies.

What is some advice you would give to your fellow soldiers fighting this fight?

Every day is different, try to take each day as it comes.  Keep fighting; there are good days and bad ones.  Know yourself and know your symptoms, that is the best way you can take care of yourself.

Tell us your blog or how we can keep in contact with you:

My blog is at: http://marcimentalhealthmore.com/

And I have a Facebook page for my blog at: https://www.facebook.com/marcisblog

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If your interested in being featured as a B.U.L.’s(Bipolar, Unemployed & Lost) weekly GUEST BLOGGER, please email the above questions and answers to bipolarunemployedlost@gmail.com. We will feature your Q&A! I’d love to hear your experience and motivation to fight this horrible disease. Anonymous Welcomed!

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