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Post Reply I was in a psych ward for a week, AMA
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Ocale wrote:


nukadude wrote:

Glad you are doing better.


How are you coping now?


Just taking my new meds, relying on my sweetheart to help me when I feel bad and not letting myself bottle it up as much, just looking ahead to my first appointment of therapy at a place that specialises in LGBT matters. I'm still just as sad but I feel a little bit more hopeful at the very least. The medication I'm on now is rather fast acting and works more on a day by day basis rather than slowly like other meds like Prozac for example. I feel a little less depressed, but still just as sad, if that makes any sense.


Yeah it makes a lot of sense. I was in a ward when I was younger (12 actually) I was diagnosed with depression and went through years of medication experiments and whatnot. Found out later in life that I was misdiagnosed (I was actually going through puberty) but I am glad that that the medical science is improving. But yeah I know what you mean about how you feel with just as sad because I remember that feeling of hopelessness and how it manifests, and then how it controls how you feel.
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And here I thought you became happy.
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What I do when I'm having emotional issues is I head into nature for several days and it destroys any negative feelings I'm having. It can be fairly punishing physically, but being out there in the stillness, fending for myself, having the odd encounter with bears and other wildlife, the sense of accomplishment, of overcoming, always rejuvenates me. I'm not saying this is the answer for everybody , but it does wonders for me.
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HateKillingCamels wrote:

And here I thought you became happy.


I evolved from twisted fucking psychopath to 14 year old school girl with mood swings.
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Ocale wrote:


I evolved from twisted fucking psychopath to 14 year old school girl with mood swings.


Naawww, what a cutie.

Or something.
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HateKillingCamels wrote:

Naawww, what a cutie.

Or something.


I like when people call me cute

I'm really high on my meds rn something is not okay my work told me to go home and I can't drive because I'm so sedated but I have no worries so it's all good

I need to get my meds checked and maybe I'm not supposed to mix my anxiety meds and sleeping meds together idk they'll tell me
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Posted 12/13/17

Ocale wrote:

I like when people call me cute

I'm really high on my meds rn something is not okay my work told me to go home and I can't drive because I'm so sedated but I have no worries so it's all good

I need to get my meds checked and maybe I'm not supposed to mix my anxiety meds and sleeping meds together idk they'll tell me


I wish they gave me meds to get me high. Have fun with it.
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I was in one for about over a month my junior year of high school
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What were the best/worst parts about your time there? Also, how was the food?
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hi ocale.
sorry to hear that you had to experience the psych ward.
i was in psych ward myself a few years ago (stayed in wards for a number of months myself in uk) and i can relate to those negative feelings.
it is nice to see some dialogue going on about a matter that most people either trivialise or just don't talk about.
anyway for me its that time of year where things generally aren't too good but i hope you are coping ok.

side track question, just a bit curious, what anime do you feel you relate to the most and any anime you watch when you just feel down (ie to help pick you back up) ?

p.s. glad to see even the anime community being so all inclusive...cos its not always easy to have condition(s) that's invisible and almost always tries to dictate ones life...so glad to be an anime fan ^.^
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Shipwright wrote:

What were the best/worst parts about your time there? Also, how was the food?


Hard to say, since there's so many aspects and levels of superficiality I could use.

I would say some of the best things for me was that it was a large step in admitting that I'm mentally ill and struggling. It's more the act of going than my actual visit, though. The group therapy sessions actually helped me in certain ways that I had previously neglected the possibility of. They directly call me out on my symptoms and habits before even getting to know me. It makes me feel less alone and insane, like my struggle is not unique to me.

Some of the bad things would be the schedule and lack of outside communication. The isolation, while keeping me safe for a while, also made me start to feel like I was just a crazy person with no hope, as well. The psych ward is for many types of patients, so it is unavoidable with the given system. There was very little to do, and with nothing to fill the time, it was a lot of stewing in my own thoughts and feelings, which is not good for someone with depression and anxiety.

Also, I was very hungry the whole time. Not enough food for a pig like me. Wasn't good, either. I got to choose between a few options for every meal, but many days it was the same things; burgers, mashed potatoes, a Turkey sandwich... Nothing really good at all, actually.

I did get desserts all the time though and they were nice, I normally don't ever get any desserts, so even a bad dessert was pleasant for me.


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just a bit curious, what anime do you feel you relate to the most and any anime you watch when you just feel down (ie to help pick you back up) ?



The first thing that comes to mind is Madoka Magica. Perhaps it's absurd, but I always saw a metaphor/symbology between Homura and Madoka that I could relate my struggle with my sadness to.

Spoilers for the series:



As far as comfort anime, I don't have any. Nothing picks me up. Consuming media is usually the worst thing to do when I'm feeling bad. Instead, I just try to keep busy doing something else or ridiculous. My go to is to go into overwatch and obnoxiously play the kazoo over Mic. It keeps me from thinking.
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hi ocale,
madoka magica sounds like an interesting choice of anime that you find most relatable but i guess anime that is relatable in anyway is why we enjoy them in the first place.
and hey anything you watch doesn't have to be crazy intelligent or brain buster as long as you feel a conntection to it that's all that matters. like for me i do watch those that make your brain feel like they are going to melt out your ears and nose to others that are silly but are a good laugh because of how silly the questions or situations look. and hey some anime that we relate and watch are have their own ways to show you some sort of answer or even just some relief to the struggles by empathsizing with the main duo or group like orange which for this year i feel i could relate to.
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Worri3dB3ar wrote:

hi ocale,
madoka magica sounds like an interesting choice of anime that you find most relatable but i guess anime that is relatable in anyway is why we enjoy them in the first place.
and hey anything you watch doesn't have to be crazy intelligent or brain buster as long as you feel a conntection to it that's all that matters. like for me i do watch those that make your brain feel like they are going to melt out your ears and nose to others that are silly but are a good laugh because of how silly the questions or situations look. and hey some anime that we relate and watch are have their own ways to show you some sort of answer or even just some relief to the struggles by empathsizing with the main duo or group like orange which for this year i feel i could relate to.


I like puella magi madoka magica too!

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ExiAHesP wrote:
I like puella magi madoka magica too!

i've not watched it before but the thoughts/spoiler given by OP has me intrigued to give it a watch since I can't work and most my days are spent in bed resting from one health issue or another.
...kinda sad in a way that i have a handful of problems and yet none of them can be seen on a day to day basis and they can only kind of be seen when i pull out my bag of medicine i take for them =_=
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