Soap Box

This is the inevitable post of every recent article, blog, or news commentary where I take a stand against mental illness versus physical illness and rail against the unfair and biased system of separating treatments and systems of health care.

To those who see no difference in the two, I say congratulations on winning the health lottery, because if you had been diagnosed with a mental illness you would see the system for the mess it is.  A recent article (see biology below) in the Huffington Post discusses a study on how patients and doctors relate when discussing their mental health issues. The study found that the more biological based talk was used, the less empathy doctors had. As patients already know, you cannot remove the emotional element of these illnesses and expect good care.  There has been great debate recently with the revision of the DSM-V in the form of dissent as many feel they were cut out of the process by well-meaning yet detached psychiatrists who regulate the system.  Continue reading

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Earworm of the day…

I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…

This is a random song I have heard and not one I particularly like or dislike. This isn’t a casual insistence of a song in the head, this is a compulsion, an earworm (see previous post) with enthusiasm which produces heavy anxiety.  I am sweating and anxious; my nose is running, it runs when I am anxious.  In between lyrics I am writing this post.

I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…I know who I want to take me home…  Continue reading

Morning Anxiety with a dash of OCD

Waking up anxious is one the most uncomfortable feelings in the human experience. Each of us who experience it has our own mixture of symptoms; my experience tends toward racing and/or repetitive thoughts, feelings of fear, sweats or chills. Usually the first indication of an impending episode includes increased saliva and stomach upset. Sometimes I feel very hungry, yet I cannot eat due to nausea or a gagging sensation and strangely enough, a running nose.

Over the years, I have read everything from scientific journals to metaphysical dalliances pertaining to anxiety disorder and I have not found a cure; because there is no cure. Anxiety is simply a biological function and I have been blessed with a particularly sensitive endocrine system due to my family history. I blame my mother.  Continue reading

Introduction

Welcome to Deviations on a theme, where I often deviate from the theme.

This blog is just like any other blog on the internet. Or is it?

theme is the central topic a text treats. Themes can be divided into two categories: a work’s thematic concept is what readers “think the work is about” and its thematic statement being “what the work says about the subject”.

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Thank you for stopping by.

Michelle