Mental Health, The News & Policies.

“How long did you take to come off lithium?” #BipolarFAQ

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Quinonostante:

Useful read for anyone considering reducing their use of this medication.

Originally posted on Rethinking Bipolar:

I know at least 2 people have asked for a lot more detail on this, so please forgive me as I go into detail…

I was told I had to take 800 mg/night lithium on approx.. 1st Feb 1998.

I have very detailed records of the amount of lithium I took every night and below you will see I put some of these in table form, such that I could graph the reduction against reducing body weight.

It was late 2002 that I got around to asking about reducing the dose and went straight down to 650 mg, which is what I have recorded for 5th Feb 2003 to 1st Feb 2005.

I was thinking that I was off lithium by the end of 2010, but really it was not until the end of 2011, so in many ways it is still early days in my med-free…

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The Overall Housing Benefit Cap – v – The Bedroom Tax

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Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Social housing is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t!  If the property is under occupied the tenant and landlord face the bedroom tax reduction in housing benefit.  If the property is fully occupied the tenant and the landlord both face an even greater reduction in housing benefit with the OHBC.

To explain just how much worse the benefit cap – overall HOUSING benefit cap – is than the bedroom tax below is a graph which illustrates the comparison for a 3 bed property over time.

In any 3 bed:

  • We could have the household deemed to have 1 bedroom spare and they get 14% of their housing benefit deducted and have to find that amount – a tenant top up – from other benefits. The amount of the tenant top up to the average regional 3 bed rent of £98 per week is shown in red in the…

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Some toxic responses ~ when encouraging survivors to have boundaries from toxic people.

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Originally posted on Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD:

My recent posts have ruffled a few unhealthy feathers.

I’ve had people comment, message and email me and ‘tell’ me I should not be encouraging people to have boundaries from their abusers. Of course these are people who; have abused/harmed people themselves, or are religious people, or very misguided or controlling ‘black and white thinking’ people. All of whom are often so very dysfunctional and harmful in their views. And the least likely to have any self insight.

I absolutely know what I am dealing with when people are suggesting survivors of abuse should stay in abusive relationships and demand they should forgive their abusers.

These are the views of toxic, unhealthy, dysfunctional, abuser enabling, or abuse perpetrating people.

I don’t tell people to stay in toxic, co-dependent, unhealthy, harmful relationships. Everyone has the right to live a life free from harm.

Abusive people do not get to demand forgiveness from their…

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*Top Read* @narco_sam writes for @latentexistence – ‘A Union Of #Disabled People.’ #MentalHealth

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“Given the results of this general election, it’s more clear than ever that we need to make use of every tool outside of Parliament to stand up for ourselves. To stand up for our rights, our participation, our safety and our sanity.

It’s my feeling that a new national organisation, formally constituted and mebership-based, would be a strong way to ensure the voice of disabled people in politics, in civil society, and in the media. I have nothing against DPAC and Black Triangle, and I hope their work continues. Indeed, the organisation I envisage would hopefully work with them, along with all sorts of DPULOs, and anyone else that it makes sense to work with. The organisation I envisage would be dedicated to constructive policy work and campaigning in all areas, not just political. Inaccessible town centres, healthcare inequality, disabled people’s sports – raising the profile of all these, and more, and saying how we, disabled people, want things fixed – and having the data and policy work to back it up. And yes, that includes working to protect the social security that so many disabled people rely on, but also so much more.”   (Keep reading…CLICK THE LINK below)

https://www.latentexistence.me.uk/a-union-or-whatever-of-disabled-people/

Why Learning to Listen is as Important as Talking About Mental Health

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Originally posted on the dan journal #WaughtsWhat:

There’s been a lot of people talking about mental health recently, but are we ready to listen?

It’s time to stop just asking people to talk about their mental health, and it’s time for us to learn to listen. ‘Talking’ is the powerful keyword echoed by Mental Health Organisations, young adults, artists, Students’ Unions and those who have finally opened up to the fact that it is okay not to feel okay, and opening dialogue that makes living manageable. It is the cornerstone the Samaritans work by, but it doesn’t translate so well when discussion elsewhere is faltering. Talking and listening is all we have to offer as the health system is stumbling behind any real milestone for supporting mental health issues on so many tiers.

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