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  • in reply to: Coping With This Thing Called Life #1120
    Vee RuizVee Ruiz
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    A few weeks ago, I did six shots of vodka at a party with my friends. I ended up getting extremely drunk and extremely sick, and the entire night culminated in me throwing up all over my friend’s house. I also ended up getting in trouble with my parents that next day, due to the fact that I couldn’t make it home that night. That was definitely a learning experience for me, and probably my first experience ever with binge drinking.
    I’m heading off to college in about a week, and I know that one of the main components of the college experience itself, along with sharing a room and taking classes you actually enjoy for once, is the drinking and partying. Last week, I met with my psychiatrist and the subject of alcohol interacting with my meds came up. She said that I had such an extreme reaction to the shots I did that weekend was because it takes my body a much longer time to metabolize alcohol because of the medication I’m taking for my mental health issues. She told me that basically, when I consume one drink, it is equivalent to me consuming two drinks, due to the fact that my body takes forever to get the alcohol out of my blood stream.

    I guess I’m just frustrated with the fact that I’m going to have to be extremely careful with my alcohol intake when I go off to college, which is just another thing to worry about.

    Thoughts?

    in reply to: Announcements #1119
    VeredVered
    Member

    Just found out about something the Toivo center in Hartford is offering later this month!  The event is called “Chatting Drums” and it’s open to the public!  If you’re in the Hartford area or can get there , go to Toivo’s “home-base” to check it out.  Chatting Drums runs 2-3pm on August 8th and 22nd, and like all their other classes, programs, and events, anybody can come and it’s either free or suggested donation ($5).  “Bring a friend, bring an instrument, most of all come to have fun.”

    Check out their website for more info: ToivoCenter.org

    in reply to: What’s up? The SKY! #3310
    Hannah WoolHannah Wool
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    Hi! My name’s Justine, I’m 17 years old and entering college next semester.

    I’m diagnosed bipolar NOS, ADHD (look! a squirrel!), generalized anxiety disorder, and HUMAN. And I’m proud of almost all of these.

    I like meeting like- minded people, and I figured this would be a lovely way to meet lovely individuals, so I am here. (Well, sorta. I’m actually at my desk, but I’m ‘here’ in spirit.)

    Anyways, I’m living with bipolar and I’ve come a very long way. I’m ‘all ears’ (but also eyes, nose, and feet… I’m still a good listener; I don’t judge, and I’m very patient.) and I have a list of people I can refer you to if ya need something more than I can give you.

    Feel free to comment if you’d like to discuss how awesome I am, or how awesome you are, or if you need help being awesome.

    Most people are awesome already, and don’t know it. I’d like to help you, (yes, you.) realize your strengths!

    I’m done babbling. Have a lovely day!!

    ~justine the human

    in reply to: Personal Stuff #1345
    AvatarJustine
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    Hi! My name’s Justine, I’m 17 years old and entering college next semester.

    I’m diagnosed bipolar NOS, ADHD (look! a squirrel!), generalized anxiety disorder, and HUMAN. And I’m proud of almost all of these.

    I like meeting like- minded people, and I figured this would be a lovely way to meet lovely individuals, so I am here. (Well, sorta. I’m actually at my desk, but I’m ‘here’ in spirit.)

    Anyways, I’m living with bipolar and I’ve come a very long way. I’m ‘all ears’ (but also eyes, nose, and feet… I’m still a good listener; I don’t judge, and I’m very patient.) and I have a list of people I can refer you to if ya need something more than I can give you.

    Feel free to comment if you’d like to discuss how awesome I am, or how awesome you are, or if you need help being awesome.

    Most people are awesome already, and don’t know it. I’d like to help you, (yes, you.) realize your strengths!

    I’m done babbling. Have a lovely day!!

    ~justine the human

    in reply to: Hi this is Vered Again–Almost done with medication! :) #1349
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Hi, Vered! My name is Hilary, and I am also a young adult in recovery. I wanted to let you know that you’re not alone! I too am going off my medication. I’ve been on antidepressants since I was thirteen years old. I always believed that I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life, that I wouldn’t be okay without them. All of my success, all the progress I’ve made, I thought I owed it all to the medication. It wasn’t until recently that I realized this wasn’t true. I am reducing my dosage slowly, with the supervision of a doctor. I still have a long way to go, but just like you, I am very excited about this transition! I can’t say it’s not scary. I don’t even remember what it’s like to be medication-free. I’m confident that I have everything it takes to be successful, but I am fearful of experiencing withdrawals. Have you encountered any difficulties along the way? Do you have any advice for people like myself who are still relatively early in the process, or those who may be wondering if going off medication is the right step for them? I commend you for having the courage it takes to go through this process, and I hope you will continue to share about your journey!

    in reply to: What's up? The SKY! #1350
    VeredVered
    Member

    Hi Justine! It was great to meet you for the videos back in May, and again for the annual NAMI Walk in Hartford. How have you been?

    in reply to: Hi this is Vered Again–Almost done with medication! :) #1354
    VeredVered
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    Hi Hilary! It’s so great to hear from another young person who’s working on going med-free. I had heard so little–close to nothing, really!–from people in recovery who were doing well without meds, like you I just assumed I’d have to be on them forever to keep my recovery.

    As far as advice for you and other folks who are working on or thinking about living in recovery without meds, here are a few key things:

    1. Meds didn’t “fix” my mental health–they treated it, but being on meds didn’t make permanent or lasting positive changes in the way I think, feel, or view the world. So to make those “more permanent” positive changes, I have to do stuff, every day–on my own and with help from my team (which includes my friends and family, NOT just my doctor and therapist). Being able to function and feel well without meds doesn’t mean I’m “cured”–it just means I can be well without using medication. I still have to work at being in recovery. THAT is something I’ll always have to do. And I’m okay with that, because a big part of my recovery is living intentionally.

    2. The reason I chose to try going med-free NOW, is because my meds weren’t working well anymore. That will happen, over time. I was on more or less the same meds (even the same dosages!) for seven years–my body chemistry changed over time because of, you know, life and aging and stuff. For the past six or eight months, I’ve had what my therapist calls a “blunted affect”–I haven’t really had feelings the way I was used to. Like, at all…and that’s not what the meds were supposed to do. So I talked to my doctor (and the rest of my team) about it, and after a few months of tapering off I’ve now been med-free for a month…which means I have feelings again! WOAH. Feelings.

    3. Having feelings again…is pretty rough. I don’t mean that I am back where I was when I started–I’m not depressed to the point of thinking about suicide, I’m not miserable, I don’t have anxiety attacks. I have regular feelings, the way people do–I’m just not used to processing them anymore because of the meds. I bawled my eyes out when I heard that girl sing Hallelujah after telling the audience she had been bedridden with depression four months before, because I remember that feeling of hopelessness and I’m not there anymore–and remembering how far I’ve come is so humbling. Last week, I startled my boyfriend with the sound of my crying while we watched a troupe of shadow-dancers perform a piece about war–I had watched that one just a few months ago and it hadn’t hit me the same way. I’m also dealing with being more irritable than I’m used to. Little things that I was able to rationalize–“this is not directed at me, I don’t need to take it personally”–are all of a sudden giving me serious agita and my body’s first response is “run, yell, or claw.” I have to re-learn patience, now that my meds aren’t blocking my feelings. My closest friends and my coworkers have been really supportive and patient with me while I try to regain that “no offense taken” attitude that my meds (along with therapy, which I’m still doing) had helped me cultivate.

    4. Actual physical withdrawal from the meds…it can suck. The withdrawal from my first med was sooo much harder than the withdrawal from my anti-depressant–and I was just as careful about tapering off safely. My last night taking it was a Friday, and I am sooo glad I planned it that way because I was NOT good company the next 24 hours. Because I knew I would be really, really physically uncomfortable and irritable, I planned it so I would be at home, with no plans and no obligations, no guests, and no errands–and food ready and waiting in the fridge. I was able to rest, I didn’t have to be social, and I didn’t have to go outside (except out to the porch, by myself, to get some fresh air). The first 24 hours was the worst of it, and then I had some minor withdrawal symptoms for another week or two. With my anti-depressant, though, there was no “drastic detox period,” but I did have a full week of withdrawal symptoms–although they were pretty minor and mostly just inconvenient.

    5. Life hasn’t stopped now that I’m not on medication anymore…so I’m not going to assume I’m “done” with meds until I’ve made it through a full 12 months without them. Seasons, weather, work and school, living situation, relationships with people I care about, other health issues…these all affect my mental and emotional wellness. So until I’ve spent an entire year sustaining my recovery while off of meds–using all of my coping skills, reaching out to my friends and family, taking care of myself–I’m not gonna cut back on my appointments with my psychiatrist. During the next year, I’m gonna keep an eye out and if I need to, I will talk to my psychiatrist about trying medication again. And after this next year is over, I’m gonna keep doing that, just in case–but at that point I will know that I’ve done it, I’ve been able to adjust to life in recovery without medications, and as long as I keep at it and reach out if I need more help in the future, I’ll be okay.

    I’m looking over this and it’s really long, so I hope it’s helpful! I really think this message needs to be out there, especially for people our age–I know lots of folks get turned off from even asking for help or talking about it because they’re afraid of being on meds “forever.” Being on meds did help me early on in my recovery, and I do think I needed them at that point, where I was emotionally. But they’re not a “cure,” and there are alternatives. If I need to go back on meds, I will…but I won’t know that unless I see what I can do without them.

    in reply to: Personal Stuff #1421
    Avatarwillimanticyas
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    Hi my name is Chris H. Before I went on meds, got myself into any self help programs, the first thing I have ever had for recovery is writing. Since I was nine I loved it! My first story was about a Waffle named Billy, saving his best friend Patty the Pancake from a gang named the French Toast Sticks, trying to steal her bag of Goodies. But as I matured into a young adult writing wasn’t the most important thing anymore. By connecting with others I gained a lesson about connecting life and passion. I had to learn that I am not a writer, not even second or third, but I am first a son and a grandson, I am a friend, and I am a person of my community; of YAS Willimantic. If I am not these things first writing will be impossible.

    in reply to: Personal Stuff #1422
    Avatarwillimanticyas
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    Hi, I am Josh.O I have been in recovery since age 10. it has been tough over the years for me. I have had many friends to rely on through the years.

    in reply to: Coping With This Thing Called Life #1423
    Avatarwillimanticyas
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    My name is Shawn and I used drugs and I drank In the past. I used drugs mostly and in the process of using the drugs I hurt relationships with my life partner along with family and friends. I was also hurting myself by getting angry the more I used I drugs and to make matters worse when I moved into my biological mothers apartment I she had drugged me twice with methadone. What helped afterward for me to move up in life is the support of new friends and the caring support of the Willimantic Young Adult Services. To this day I’m grateful to have the opportunity to live life positive without any regrets.

    in reply to: Coping With This Thing Called Life #1424
    Avatarwillimanticyas
    Participant

    Hi my name is Marcia, and I have been cutting since I was 13. This was a pretty scary thing for me at first but then i started doing it to relieve stress. I am doing much better now I haven’t cut in a year and I am very proud of myself.

    in reply to: Hey I’m Dean #3311
    Hannah WoolHannah Wool
    Keymaster

    Hey I’m Dean
    I believe myself to be a fun and responsible person now. I went through many struggles to get to where I am today though and Im still working to better myself. Im really glad to see this site. I wish it was around a couple years ago. Well if there is anyone who needs to talk I’m willing to talk I’ve been through a lot and I’m sure I can relate to many people.

    Your friend
    Dean B.

    in reply to: Personal Stuff #1428
    AvatarDean
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    Hey I’m Dean
    I believe myself to be a fun and responsible person now. I went through many struggles to get to where I am today though and Im still working to better myself. Im really glad to see this site. I wish it was around a couple years ago. Well if there is anyone who needs to talk I’m willing to talk I’ve been through a lot and I’m sure I can relate to many people.

    Your friend
    Dean B.

    in reply to: Personal Stuff #1429
    AvatarBaldor Septim I
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    It was a glorious day. His armies had won their biggest victories in the Aldmeri Dominion Decimation Campaign; they had retaken the heart of the Empire the Imperial City in Cyrodiil.
    As he stood outside with his fellow brothers and sisters-in-arms, he took a breath and roared, “MUL QAH DIIV!”
    His body now glowing and his powers heightening with the Dragon Aspect Shout, he exclaimed, “My friends! Loyal subjects of Tamriel! This is a new dawn for all of us!”
    Cheers and roars were heard.
    “It has been too long since a worthy Emperor sat upon the Throne of Tamriel. When Martin Septim sacrificed his life 500 years to the date to save our world from the Oblivion Crisis, the world thought those of dragon blood were gone.
    “They were wrong.
    “The Thalmor,” he continued, spitting the name of the ruling body of the Aldmeri Dominion out like a bad taste in his mouth, “thought they could destroy what the Empire was founded upon! But they did not count on a REAL military resistance coming from all corners of Tamriel. We drove them out and now have our Empire back!”
    More roars and cheers sounded.
    “But it does not stop there, friends. We will rebuild what they sabotaged and then marched onto their doorstep and burn their Dominion to ashes! I, Baldor Septim I, the Dragonborn, declares war eternal upon the Dominion!”
    The roars and cheers drowned out any and all noise. Patrick then roared, “TO ARMS!!!”

    If that doesn’t describe what I’m like, nothing will XD. Patrick, the Brilliant Battlemage Bard, at your service!

    in reply to: Announcements #1433
    VeredVered
    Member

    Hi everyone,

    We just celebrated our official state-wide launch earlier this week, and we are so excited! If you were at the event or joined us through the livestream, we’d love to know what you thought of it! Feel free to also introduce yourselves in the “A Little Bit About You” thread, if you haven’t done that already. We’d love to hear from you!

    -Vered

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