Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have a new blog.

Hello, everybody.

I know it has been a really long time since I was on here, but I have a good reason. In October 2012, I started a new blog over on WordPress.com. I know it's probably Blogger.com's biggest competitor, but it has definite advantages.

One of the advantages of WordPress is that it allowed me to "Import" both of my Blogger sites without any hassle or HTML knowledge.

Please come visit Theresa's Blog for more about Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and my answers to Daily (or Weekly) Prompts.

Sincerely yours,
Theresa Jewel Pinkston

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blog moved.

This blog, Depression and Anxiety Help was exported to Jewel Ammons on WordPress.com. Please click on the link for further posts. Thank you.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Make Time for You

Everyone needs time for themselves. Your Self is your soul and it needs time to refresh and replenish. It's hard to find time for yourself, but you can make a time to be alone and/or do other things just for yourself. Here are some suggestions on how to do that:

  • Organize your errands and grocery shopping to be done on one or two days per week;
  • Only vacuum on one day per week and then only do the main "traffic" areas;
  • Go to a park, library, book store or coffee shop and sit alone. You can write, read, eat, drink or just look around, but enjoy this time for your self;
  • Wake up 15-60 minutes earlier than normal and spend that time doing something you enjoy;
  • Write in a journal. Keep a record of what you've done right and try to think of three or more things to record.

I'm sure there are many more ways to make time for You and I may add more later. However, you are more than welcome to leave comments on how you prefer to set aside time for your Self.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

This probably belongs down near the beginning of the blog but it was written on June 14, 2011. Now I've decided to include it on this blog.

           You should always see a doctor if you have at least half the following problems:
·        unexplained, long term or frequent sadness
·        anxiety including feeling jittery, wanting to hide or panic attacks
·        unexplained weight loss OR weight gain – most people say this should have happened in the last six months, but if you can narrow it down to any six month period, I say it counts
·        changes in your personality or reactions, such as from calm and collected to angry and abrasive or the opposite
·        you're often angry or dissappointed with yourself
·        losing jobs because you're “too slow,” because you get nervous or because you can't concentrate

Back Again

I haven't posted on here in a very, very long time and I apologize. On July 12, 2010, I made a blog called "ADHD, Anxiety and Depression". It was supposed to replace this one, but I only wrote three posts for it. 

After that, I tried to start another blog about Depression and Anxiety on WordPress. However, I didn't write anything for it beyond the initial "Hello" paragraph.

Today, I decided come back to Blogger and renew my efforts here. I studied both pages and decide to add more posts to this one.

A lot has happened in the 1-1/2 years since my last post to "ADHD, Anxiety and Depression". The most significant occurrence is the death of my mother.

That's right, I lost my mother in March 2012 and I still haven't fully recovered. I'm not sure when I will get over this loss, if ever.

However, my mother's death also served as a wake-up call. It taught me to reconnect with my siblings, to take care of myself and it gave me a shove into doing things I've wanted to do for a long time! Her sudden illness and death showed me that we all have a very limited time on Earth and we had better use it wisely.

I promise to write more about this later. But, I ask you to stop a moment and ask yourself one simple question, "What have I done today that counts toward my goals?"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Can't Take It Any More

For several years now, I have taken my mother-in-law and brother-in-law to their appointments, pharmacy, bank and to stores. I also ran errands such as shopping, buying cigarettes, picking up prescriptions and almost anything else that they wanted me to do.
But, I'm fed up and I "can't take it anymore." My mother-in-law almost never appreciates what I do for them. I can do 100 errands for them in a week; going to three, four or sometimes more places for them in one day; and I translate medical jargon into layman's terms at the doctors' offices. But, what do I get for all my trouble? $10 or less (sometimes $0) for "gas", which I can deal with. But, then my mother-in-law will put me down, complain that I and/or my husband did something wrong and/or find something else to gripe about. She complained last night about them "being alone" but that is her own fault. She is a bitter and vindictive hag that's made enemies with all of her neighbors and most of her brothers and sisters.
Well, I've decided that I'm not going to take her constant criticism and griping. I MIGHT take them to medical appointments, but I am NOT going to buy cigarettes, pick up prescriptions or go grocery shopping for them. She doesn't need to be driving, but there are two taxi companies in town and groceries and prescriptions can be delivered.
Now, I'm sure that one or both of them will be even more angry than they are now, curse me and/or wish me dead. But, I've got to draw a line. I've got to say, "No. I will NOT get out and be your errand runner for more than two trips per week!" "No. I will NOT go get your cigarettes." and/or "No. I will NOT stop at five different places."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Start (or Continue) a Journal

Today, my humble advice is to Start or Continue a Journal. If you haven't already recorded your thoughts, feelings and/or questions, then start. Have a journal or diary? Then bring/keep it up to date.

If you're just starting, you may wish to write in a notebook, diary or journal. Or, you may want to record your voice and/or you can try an online journal. Try one method and then another if you're not sure how you want to record your thoughts. OR, you can keep separate journals for different topics.

You don't have to write every day, but record good times as well as bad times. Journal when you have questions, when you're confused, when you're anxious or depressed, when you're sad and when you're happy.

I have listed
Live Journal on the side for those who wish to try the online method. Users may choose to make their journal(s) private or public and you can search for public journals with similar subjects and/or problems.

Tied in Knots

Tied in Knots – originally written Aug. 14, 2009

I fidget – a lot. Most of the time, I fool with with my hair. I braid it, twirl it, tug on it and sometimes twist or tie it into knots. That's what I've been doing all morning and that's what I did for three (3) or more hours last night. It would help if I showered and washed my hair, but only for a little while. As soon as I sat down to watch TV or something, I'd be fidgeting with it again. Even when I put it in a pony tail or wear a bandana over it, I still find ways to mess it up. I've even had to go get one knot CUT OUT by a beautician because I couldn't un-knot it myself! I've tried several other things such as playing with rubberbands or a stress ball, but nothing stops me for long.

I need to do something productive that will distract me from always fiddling around with my hair. I've thought about learning to knit and I have at least one latch-hook project (I think) but, again, I would probably not stick to it!

I need a purpose! I'm not just talking about something to do such as washing dishes or doing other housework – because I hate housework! I need a real purpose, a goal other than taking care of other people or even other pets. What I need is a job outside the house or else I need to physically go to school!

Now, that may sound drastic or even crazy to some people, but I need the structure. I need someone else to tell me what to do and when to do it. I need a schedule and/or deadlines. I need a reason to stay up even on days when my stomach hurts or I'm extremely tired and most of all, I need a reason to take a shower other than my hair being dirty.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD

Hi, again.

Just a short note to say that Anxiety and Depression are very common in people Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as ADD or ADHD. My links will now include sites that address the disorder, its symptoms and treatments.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cleaning Up My Cobweb

Hello to anyone who might "follow" this page. I flipped through a book about building web pages and blogs and it says that a page that hasn't been updated in a long time is called a "Cobweb."

I realize that this blog may qualify as a Cobweb page and intend to change that. However, I will not concentrate on the "Help" area any longer because there are plenty of books, articles and web pages for that already. Instead, expect many more links to click on.

"So, what are you going to write?" you may wonder. You may anticipate the following:
  • My journal entries -- either in type or as a picture (of my longhand)
  • Writing/journaling prompts when I think of them or run across one I hope you like
  • Suggested books, blogs, articles, etc. with short reviews when needed

I hope this doesn't turn you off too much. Feel free to comment on this and on everything I add in the future.