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I have been writing mainly articles and poetry on mental health for over 10 years. I have written articles and poetry for 'The Big Issue' on my schizophrenia as well for St Vincent De Paul. I have also featured on the SBS Insight website. I love now getting my articles to rhyme, with DiVine giving me that perfect opportunity.
I want to inform and entertain people with my writing. I like to explore both the positive and negative factors of my illness. Getting into DiVine has been one of the best things that has happened to me.
Art therapy is a visual language for communication. It is used in positive ways to explore and even eliminate the problems surrounding many mental illnesses. The place in which I live offers regular art therapy by workers with a strong artistic background. Living with people with different mental illnesses we can all gain from the art therapy by coming together to paint, draw or simply colour in pictures in a safe place. Art therapy has been proven to reduce the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression in particular.
I am very lucky to belong to a very special Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group with very caring and sensitive members. In the group I can bare my soul and not be afraid to be laughed at or made fun of. I can tackle many of my fears head on. I also am praised when I do well in the group by the other members. In many ways I look forward to the OCD group each week. I often feel a lot better after treatment. It makes me feel stronger and tougher.
It's very hard for me to control my impulses. Food and shopping are my addictions. I cannot help myself with them sometimes and often have to take extreme measures to combat my urges. However, I'm trying to be more moderate, even though it's very difficult. By playing a numbers game with the calories I consume and the dollars I spend before I indulge, I curb temptation. On the whole, I feel a lot better about myself when I exercise impulse control. I hope to keep on fighting temptation with the strength I've built up over time.
I was in a relationship with a narcissist. A narcissist is a person who is often selfish and obsessed with how they and others look. My man made me feel insecure. He would tell me I wasn't good at anything. He also said he would leave me if I put on weight. My man would often sulk and I had to try and make him feel better. He wanted constant admiration. When he didn't get it he would become depressed. I think our relationship may have worked if we had tried relationship therapy.
How to stop worrying and start living is a great book on how to try and eliminate worry. He writes about just about every single worry such as health and financial worries. He believes worrying is bad for our health. Carnegie offers advice on how to stop worrying. He recommends relaxing at work helps you to do more work. He believes being busy, having a good sleep and getting regular exercise can eliminate worry. He also suggests people only think about now rather than the past or the future. I recommend this book.