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dj - are you sure you don't have ADD?

Posted by Janice on September 12, 1999, at 0:25:04

In reply to Re: shiatzu, posted by dj on September 11, 1999, at 21:04:08

You are stuffed full of great ideas. Sometimes I get anxiety and ADD confused. Maybe a bit of mania? You've definately got at least one of them.

I am stopping in the maritimes (home) for a few months before I head back to TO. I was in Vancouver helping a friend of mine get his business off the ground. How's that for putting my ADD to good use. I CRAVE stimulation and then often (more so in the past) can't handle it when I get it. I work in advertising. It's easy and fun for me, and I make good money at it.

I really liked the information you quoted above. WHATEVER works for you works. I believe the relationship between yourself and the therapist is vital for improvement, and I believe some people are gifted healers (these people can work in any care-giving field).

I've also tried cranio-sacral massage by a naturopath in Toronto.I tried it 4 times and am planning to continue when I get back to Toronto. I understand it to be similar to Yoga, in that it releases the tensions stored in your body.

Like you, my getting better has mostly been about consistent and prolonged determination and hard work. I see a steady course of progress while looking at the big picture; day to day, at times, I feel like my health is up and down like a yoyo. I feel like my entire life revolves around having a healthy body and mind. Everyday I do 30 minutes of yoga, eat 3 well balanced nutritious meals (trying at the same time not to exacerbate my OCD), meditate twice a day, say positive affirmations to myself 5 minutes a session 3 times a day, sleep a consistent regular 8 hours (of course, I awake to a dawn simulator), write in my journal as a way to express my intense emotional life, do physical/aerobic exercise 3 times a week (but not more because my eating disorder could flare up), see a therapist once a week, group therapy for my eating disorder once a week, and see a psychiatrist every two weeks. I feel like I am juggling 10 balls while trying to take 5 steps forwards. I hate it all sometimes, but these things make me feel considerably better.

I really relate to your exhaustion, physical and mental. To feel better from mental illnesses, it seems like you are required to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE ACTION than the one the illness expects/desires you to do. And even if you work real hard, it can takes months and years sometimes to notice the difference. If by this time, you can pinpoint what it was exactly that has made you feel better. I hope I'm not sounding negative or discouraging, but this has been my experience.

Exhausted and off to bed,
take care dj,

ps I wonder why all the disorders have to come with depression? None of them would be so bad if you could just get them separately.
mania - comes with depression
OCD - comes with depression
ADD - comes with depression
anxiety - comes with depression
eating disorders - comes with/creates depression.

I could handle the column on the left, no problem.




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