Writing Grounds Me

It most certainly does—and, I take pride in it!

I can be feeling all sorts of “messed up,” and writing it out, changes much of that (if only temporary at times)—it does the trick!

Much of what I deal with is confusion.

I don’t know the rate of confusion in other forms of severe mental illness, but I can tell you that it is high in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

I know some of what contributes to my confusion is my meds.

And, there’s no real way around that, as I need my meds to get by.

Thus, I just do what I can!

Do you experience confusion as well? What are some of the ways you counteract being confused?

17 thoughts on “Writing Grounds Me

  1. I don’t know that I experience confusion, but I do get very easily overwhelmed, so I need to control how much information is coming in at once. I also have times where the lights are on, but nobody’s really home.

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  2. For me, I don’t have so much confusion as I do anxiety. For the last 12 years or so my bipolar condition has been pretty well managed for the highs and lows that come with the disease but the anxiety still plagues me. I work on talking myself out of it almost daily. Sometimes I am more effective than others.

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      1. I will take that to heart. It has been my goal to stop caffeine since my daughter was born. I have made strides to drink half caffeine and half decaf. Your words are helping me to consider going off all caffeine – that is more difficult for me than stopping alcohol was some 25 years ago.

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      2. Yeah, I found it easier to stop drinking alcohol too, over 20 years ago. But, I will say this. When I significantly began deteriorating 20 years ago now, my psych professor (who knew me rather well), said he always thought that I had anxiety pretty bad, but nothing as serious as what they were saying back then. Anyway, yeah. I still have anxiety, but it is soothed some by my not having any caffeine. I same “some” because I am still anxious.

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  3. Writing definitely grounds me as well. It helps me to get emotions out sometimes. There are times when it’s stuck, my emotion, or I might not even realize just how I need to release. Then I start writing and it triggers a release that helps me. It’s a great way to explore my thoughts on things.

    I would say I do experience confusion. My anxiety and worry has grown exponentially in the last several years, to a point where my memory seems to drop out from under me. Like I worry when I leave the house that I left something on. It reminds me a little of OCD but I’m not sure I’m exactly that. The minute my brain doubts whether or not I did something it’s like a toxin, I have to go back, I have to find a way to confirm. And sometimes this causes me confusion because the memory of me doing it disappears or blends with others. I also get confused about when to listen to my worries and when not to.

    Good for you for working with it and accepting what you must. Keep on keeping on!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome! Hey, do you have a doctor (or diagnosis) you’re working with? Getting professional help has helped me get more and more clarity over time. It’s a barrier for some. And, it’s taken me all of 20 years to work through just “some” fear, and I still have quite a lot left!

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      1. You know I don’t. Admittedly in part because of the stigma. I’m doing a lot of self-care and my regular doctors know. Maybe i do see it as something of a barrier. Ive seen professionals in the past. It blows my mind how hit or miss that can be. Not that it’s not worth trying, it’s always waiting in the wings as an idea should I feel it necessary.

        You got there, long road sure but you freaking made it there! 🙂

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      2. Yes, true. And, that’s good that you see your regular doctors, which may suffice for anxiety. My situation required immediate action though. It’s slightly different in that I have psychotic symptoms and those must be dealt with by psychiatry. Thank you though. My parents (and their persistence) had a lot to do with my getting the proper help.

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      3. I’m glad you had and have that support. You all took action it sounds, and you’re better for it. Well done, well done. I hope more people see and hear your story and learn you can survive.

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  4. Writing untangles the mess in my head and gets it all out. What grounds me is running – which I should learn to do. Puzzles. Colouring etc.

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