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I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK!

Posted in emotional health, Hope, learning to love yourself again, rebuilding your life, recovery, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2017 by Karen unrue

I am a master procrastinator.
There are only two things I have followed through on in my life.
(I’m exaggerating slightly but it makes for a better story.)
One of those was my pregnancy.
nature gave me no option lol.
The other one was completing this book.
It took blood, sweat, and tears, as well as enthusiastic coaching from a support network to ensure both products were birthed properly.
But I managed it.
So I introduce to you my newly born, but strangely named,

“BLUE JELLYFISH SYNDROME”

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I could not be a prouder parent.

In this book you will read how my mental illness,

COMPLEX PTSD,

developed and how over the years I learnt, with the help of my community mental health team
and, eventually, a great therapist,
to manage my symptoms.
It has been a very challenging journey indeed,
and as I’m sure many of you will appreciate,
I felt like giving up at times.

Mostly this book is about

HOPE

and how you can find and maintain hope while living with a mental illness
so you can
SURVIVE AND THRIVE.

My hope is that as you read it my journey will help you along your journey a little

 

DE-press-ON is now a WHIS Ambassador!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2017 by Karen unrue

I know Colin and this man with his own mental health expert and innovative approach to recovery will be an asset to this wonderful organisation

DE-press-ON

Update: DE-press-ON Founder Colin is officially a WHIS Ambassador, representing the app and what it stands for. With over 40k followers on Twitter and Facebook, the purpose of the WHIS is to inspire, innovate and exchange knowledge and expertise for a better healthcare system, available to everyone in the world. Below is some information about the community organization.

The Purpose of WHIS

The World Health Innovation Summit is more than just a conference. It is a platform allowing communities and experts from various health sectors to discover efficient solutions and approaches to creating an effective healthcare system. The World Health Innovation Summit, or WHIS for short, aims to achieve the best and most effective global healthcare system.

WHIS Programmes

Alongside the summits held globally, the WHIS has also specific programmes for children (WHIS Kids), the elderly (WHISSeniors), environment protection (WHISgreen), and workplace stress (WHISatwork). They continuously hold global summits in Asia…

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Coming Out Is Always A Work In Progress

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2017 by Karen unrue

Bloody brilliant – you’re right it’s the one question – among a myriad of curious questions, that no one asks. You write beautifully

Survival is a Talent

They ask, “what was it like to come out?”

I ask, “which time?”

The first time, I was twelve. I tried to tell my mother I was bisexual and she sat me down and told me I was “too young.” She said that I could be gay or straight, but that I could not be bisexual because it was “slutty.” To this day she denies ever saying it, but I remember my heart in my throat and the way that fear sunk its claws into my stomach. She must be right, I had thought, she’s my mom. So I corrected myself.

The next time I came out was to myself. This was not a discussion with myself or a day’s length dilemma. It was years worth of internal reconstruction, of learning about parents sometimes being wrong, of confronting my own doubts.

I have come out to others…

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It’s OK. 

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2017 by Karen unrue

I love it when someone realises there’s no shame in having a mental illness and begins to accept and like who they sre

Anxiety Warrior

1 in 4 people will be affected by mental illness. That’s a statistic that we hear thrown about a lot. We’re all just part of another statistic that no one really pays much attention to. Yet when you think about it, reeeaaally think about it, it’s amazing just how many people will become affected by one of the least treated illnesses in the world.

Next time you’re in a group of people, look around and pick out 4 in your head at random. Based on the statistic, one of these people is, or will be, in some way affected by mental health (obviously you’re not Derren Brown reading minds, it’s just an exercise).

So what does this tell us? Well mental illness is more common than people would care to think about. In one way or another, mental illness is affecting someone we love in some way, and more often…

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Loving Someone With PTSD

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2017 by Karen unrue

What an inspiring, hope filled and beautiful perspective- I have CPTSD and I love what you’ve written

Bipolar Bear Speaks

Loving someone with PTSD means that all their broken pieces fit perfectly into yours, creating a beautiful puzzle. Your souls mesh together and begin to heal the damage done by the past.You have a love that will last a lifetime and surpass the beauty of the stars in the sky.Your souls, newly joined, will refract light through the cracked edges in ways you never before thought possible. You see the world with a whole new pair of eyes. It is as if your vision has turned from black and white to exploding color.

There is no greater privilege than to be the one that helps your lover heal. You form a special connection that no one else will ever be able to understand.  At times, it can be hard. It hurts to see them hurt and to know of their past. But if you stick by them, their joy becomes…

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Understand My Problems

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2017 by Karen unrue

Mental health issues impact our sons, brothers, fathers as they experience war and then return home. Here is one such powerful story

Soldier To Civi

The pain, the alcohol, the suicidal thoughts and a sense of shame. These are the effects on a soldier when he is informed that he is a liability and he must return home, which in turn, means he would have to leave his brothers in arms fighting on the frontline.

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Goodbye you

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2017 by Karen unrue

So inspiring it needs reading more than once

Anxiety Warrior

Since my anxiety diagnosis, I’ve often felt a sense of grief for the person I once was. A confident, bright, optimistic guy with a good group of friends, very likeable and really approachable. He was cool. Quite a popular person who seemed to know everyone, go so many places and be prepared to face anything.

Anxiety, however, didn’t seem to like him, and over the space of around 12 months would chip away at him, making him crumble into a dust, and disappear with the wind. This made me sad. I had lost someone, I’d become reclusive, quiet, lost friends, I was irritable, unsociable and a shadow of the lad who no longer existed.

One new year I decided ‘that’s it, I’m going to get the old me back’. I sought therapy, I pushed myself so hard and powered through all of my fears over the space of 4 years…

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It’s Happening: I’m Going to Rehab

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2017 by Karen unrue

Facing our issues is terrifying but it’s worse to stay where we are and continue to be in and cause pain. This is a step this terrified woman is taking because she cares about her life and those in it more than the bottle

Life In Detox

Fuck. This is a hard post to write.

The cursor is blinking at me.

What next?

This blank screen is sitting across from me, like a cynical friend, eyebrow raised, waiting for me to tell them the truth. Wanting the whole story.

And….?

Fuck it.

I’m going to rehab. 

There. I said it. I’m doing it. I’m going.

February 21. A week from tomorrow.

I chatted with the intake specialist last night. I’m calling her at noon to complete the registration, put in my deposit, and make it real.

I fell asleep crying last night. Damn Adele on the Grammy’s pushed me over the edge. Hubs and I were having a rare talk, and he wants me to go. He prefaced it with “Please, don’t misinterpret this, but we need some time apart. To figure out who we are and what we want.”

So I’m going to rehab. For a month.

I…

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Amputees Who Lift

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2017 by Karen unrue

INSPIRATION when life deals us cards we could never have imagined holding in our hand. Please read this for a mood lift processed through pain, grit and determination

Soldier To Civi

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08.02.2017

With every step that you take on the battlefields of Afghanistan, there is a potential for that one step to be life changing.

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Invictus

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2014 by Karen unrue

This piece so speaks to me that I thought it would also speak to those who follow my blog – read and be inspired!

Ramblings of Ruin

The inevitable overspill of what's in my head.

Life In Detox

Breaking down. Building up.

smarterfitter

Recipes and stories by Monica Shaw

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