First of it's good to meet you all and I am pleased that this forum is being well used and that members are supporting each other. As an Admin my job is to look into the forum and make sure that things are running smoothly and that members are keeping to the guidelines which I am pleased to say everyone is doing. If there is any problems feel free to send me a message.
I have been struggling with mental health issues for a long time a lot of which have come from me having Aspergers Syndrome. Over the last few years I have been on various medications and done numerous talking therapies which have helped a lot in me understanding my triggers to depression and anxiety.
The last couple of weeks has been a bit of a nightmare for me and I feel I have taken a step backwards. I have a chronic pain condition which has been getting worse and I feel this has had a big impact on my mood. I am also going through a couple of medication changes which always upsets my system. I am switching from Escitalopram to Paroxatine and have also switched some of my pain meds.
I think if you have a setback you do need to be prepared and the quicker you realise the symptoms the better you can deal with them before things get worse. I still wish sometimes that I could just wake up and every thing will be ok but unfortunately things don't work like that. For me acceptance has been key and it took me years to come to terms that I will have these problems but through techniques I have learned I will be able to manage things better Mindfulness has really helped me to accept who I am.
A lot has happened to me in the last 2 years I lost my job due to the discrimination and stigma of my employer and then had the stress of a tribunal case and also found the cause of my chronic pain which came as a blow. I take each day as it comes and try and set myself goals and tick them of once complete and try and stay as positive as possible about the future and not dwell on the past.
Writing this blog today has helped me as I was feeling depressed but it helps to talk about things. I hope every one has found this forum as helpful as I have?