Warning and Apology: No question that having been swamped and traveling have taken their toll on the forum. For that I apologize. In an attempt to get as many topics out there at once, I also apologize that the next few will lack accompanying images.
There is a sense of crisis in the air. My own life is in a state of disrepair, the details of which are not currently MI-related but may be partially or tangentially caused by such issues and definitely have major MI-related ramifications. Further, a member of this forum has been wiped from the online map for reasons unknown to me (does anyone know what happened or how jt — aka bipolartude — is doing?) and another is currently hospitalized.
The questions I’d like to post now surround moments of crisis. How do you deal? What are your go-to coping mechanisms? To what extent do you rely on your medical care providers? To what extent do you rely on your personal support systems? To what extent do you feel able to rely on yourself?
Regarding the nature of such crises, I acknowledge that I’ve been intentionally vague. I am not specifying a difference between psychiatric crises and general life crises. This is partially because I am not convinced they are hugely different. While they are surely different in content and surely different in manifestation, I suspect the truth is that they share a great deal of overlap: the stress included, the stress induced, the often felt inability to control a situation, the sometimes felt need to ride it out, those on whom we rely for support…the list goes on. That’s, at least, my suspicion. So, last questions: Is there a difference between general life crises and mental health-related crises? What might that difference be? Does that difference affect how you cope?
Further, I think these questions may also directly involve a few sent to me by forum member Meredith a while back. She asks,
How do you take care of yourself, especially when you can see the future closing in on you with triggers galore? Do you take care of yourself? How often do you take care of yourself? Do you put it off? Do you just take care of yourself short-term or do you make moves to do it long-term (like exercising regularly)?