Julia I know what you mean about been slightly "manic". It really feels like there is some energy going around which needs to be released, tamed or otherwise expressed. It could really become a force to change our life if we are able to put it to good use. I also get what you are saying about percentages and psych wards, but I think that we also have to remember that it's a large minority of people that actually get worse. From what I've seen on the internet, the majority of those people get worse because of incompetence fron their doctors (like prescribing drugs too easily, or fast tapering from psychiatric drugs). I've skimmed through this thread and you strike me as a resourceful person. Actually pretty much everyone on this forum seems to ve very resourceful. I don't think we are going to get worse, I think we will heal, with time and effort.
I really like laureat's advice of having a notebook. It's actually a technique used in CBT (which is shown to be as effective as medication, or more).
I will start to use it. I will also start another technique that works on the negative: having a list of questions (like "what negative feeling am I experiencing?" "Is it real, from an objective point of view?" "Is there anything I can do to make me feel better, like drinking some tea or meditation?" "Is the situation that bad, or are my thoughts making it seem worse than it is?") and then answer them, writing your answers. This gives you something to do that needs concentration, so that you are not as caught in a stream of thoughts.
Have you decided about giving SAMe a try?
Thanks for your input, Hiker!
Yes, I agree with everything you said, particularly with redirecting that excess energy towards a useful purpose. And you are of course correct, most people do get better if they receive the right kind of help. I was merely pointing out that there is no approach which will help everyone
, even if there is a 99% chance of success. But the vast majority of people who come here to ask for support will obviously receive help in some form or another, and their success will depend to a large extent on whether they accept it or not, or if they feel uncomfortable with the advice that is given, whether they will seek out other sources of information or support.
I had some CBT sessions a few years ago. A self-help group which I was attending (and which I was a committee member of for a while) had a bursary fund available, which allowed me to attend a small number of sessions. Although it was interesting to find out that the counsellor was a very alternative person (who was a fan of Throbbing Gristle, and who told me anecdotes about the time when Genesis P-Orridge lived in this town), I found it pretty tedious to constantly write down any thought patterns that I had. Maybe it was just my lack of discipline which made me feel that it was leading nowhere, or maybe it was simply not the right form of therapy for me.
Yes, I've been taking SAM-e for a month - mainly for joint health, as I saw them mentioned on an arthritis website, but I'm also aware of the other benefits. However, I discontinued it a few days ago, due to fears of it being converted into homocysteine without the relevant co-factors being present (namely, various B-vitamins which I can't afford until next week). Particularly pantothenic acid seems to be useful, and it also helps with absorbing lecithin, which is something that has helped me a lot with improving my brain / memory function. So a vitamin B complex is something that is currently high up on my wish list.
I've already spent so much time on here today, so I'll be getting on with some work now.