Difference Between Psychosis and Schizophrenia

When I tell people my son has experienced psychosis, some thought it meant he has schizophrenia which is not the case.  For this reason, I want to explain the difference between psychosis and schizophrenia.

Difference between psychosis and schizophrenia

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True Story, No Letting Go | Mental Illness Support

This true story, No Letting Go, offers mental illness support to caregivers and families.  This film honestly depicts the mayhem mental illness can cause within a home.  I could relate to the loss, confusion, fears, exasperation, despair, and uncertainty these parents, Catherine and Henry, faced with the onset of their young son’s mental illness.  This movie helps us understand we are not alone despite the loneliness we have endured due to mental illness.

 Tim’s mental health declines despite given excellent care

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Coping Tips Living with Mentally ILL – From a Mother

The most unpredictable situations I have encountered is living with a loved one who has mental health challenges.  More times than I have kept track of, I have had the thought, “We have found the path to recovery.” Boom! unexpectedly, a  downward shift occurs.  Mothers and families of those with mental health challenges are often discouraged and at a loss for what to do.  I want to share a few helpful things I have learned caring for my son, Darrell.  I titled my list, “A Mother’s Coping Tips Living with Mentally Ill Son”.

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Mental Health Support Overlooked – NAMI Support, Family to Family

Mental Health Support Overlooked

I started to attend a no-cost support class this past week sponsored by NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, called “Family to Family” at my local library.   This class is very needed as families who have loved ones dealing with various mental challenges including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, etc., desperately need genuine support. Two years ago, my 26-year-old son was diagnosed with severe depression, then six months later, a different psychiatrist changed the diagnosis to bipolar disorder with psychosis.  More recently he was diagnosed with severe depression with psychosis.  His illness seems to be complicated and difficult to diagnose.

The majority of people desire to help those with cancer. Why is mental health support overlooked?

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Sudoku A Great Mental Activity – Increase Memory Skills

I recently discovered I enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles. Sudoku a great mental activity that originated from JapanHere is a short description of how Sudoku puzzles are solved:

A puzzle printed on a square grid of nine large squares each subdivided into nine smaller squares, the object of which is to fill in each of the 81 squares so that each column, row, and large square contains every number from 1 to 9.

Sudoku A Great Mental Activity that is Fun

Sudoku is a great mental activity that is fun.  While I am having fun, I am engaged in a mental activity that builds my memory and improves brain health.

Although I have only been doing these puzzles for a few months, I have already noticed an increase in my ability to remember. It is my hope if I keep solving Sudoku puzzles, it will keep my mind younger and healthier. I can tell without doubt, Sudoku a great mental activity is a good choice to enhance my mental health.

Solve Puzzles while Waiting for an Appointment

For quite some time, I have wanted to find an activity that I could enjoy while I wait for an appointment or for a family member, when I am traveling, etc..  I have tried reading, but I have difficulty focusing on quality reading material when in public places.  I enjoy reading short magazine articles about famous people, but I desired to do something more productive or to build a talent.  I  also tried doing crossword puzzles but I am terrible at those.  Then I tried doing both cross stitch and crocheting, but they required more time than I had available to become proficient at these hobbies so I am really pleased to finally discover Sudoku a great mental activity.

Rather not Stop

I can tell I am enjoying myself when I solve Sudoku puzzles because I would rather not stop once I start a puzzle, and I don’t tire easily of this game.

Improves Memory 

I also have been gently looking for an activity to improve my memory and to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  When I am solving a Sudoku puzzle, I can feel my brain is working, thinking, and struggling.  Although I have only been doing these puzzles for a few months, I have already noticed an increase in my ability to remember. It is my hope if I keep solving Sudoku puzzles, it will keep my mind younger and healthier. I can tell without doubt Sudoku a great mental activity is a good choice to enhance my mental health.

How does Sudoku help?

While playing Sudoku you need to look at the big picture and figure out missing numbers that you can plug in the right places.

Sudoku solving, trains your mind to process various forms of information, details, images and strategies at lightening speeds. While you devise strategies to win the game, it also builds your neural connections. It helps in extending dendrite connections in your brain cells which help improve memory. Scientists say solving them depends on neural pathways that even the most powerful computers can’t replicate. They say that by studying how people solve the puzzles, we might be able to develop more intelligent and brain-like computers.  IQ Test Experts.com

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Curiosity for Truth – Related to Humility

I developed a curiosity for truth when my devoted and true-hearted daughter left our family religion of Mormonism.  I committed myself to find out why.  My new curiosity for truth began to teach me that I knew much less about truth than I thought.  Mormons teach they are the only true religion.  Why look for truth, when you belong to the only true church and feel what you have is better and more complete than all others?  

A relationship between humility and curiosity

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Pet Rabbit Emotional Support | Pets Change Lives

 Pet Rabbit Emotional Support 

It has been a special privilege to witness a pet rabbit giving emotional support and love to our son, Darrell, who is enduring difficult challenges. As a parent, I often feel helpless as I watch my son endure isolation and loneliness.  I am coming to understand when someone is struggling emotionally and mentally, there are difficult obstacles to overcome that hinder healthy communication flow.   We have been blessed to accidentally discover a special pet can break through barriers people, even professionals, are not successful breaking through. Meet Pepper, our pet rabbit.

A pet rabbit emotional support is changing our son's life while a dog has and is changing another boy's life.  I am grateful for pets and the important role they play in spreading unconditional love and support, especially during difficult, dark times.
Pepper enjoys stretching out in a relaxing position.

Pet Rabbit Emotional Support for Severe Depression

Our son Darrell has severe depression with some psychosis and is often plagued with suicidal thoughts.  Pepper, our pet rabbit, brings comfort and love to Darrell lessening the effects of depression.

Rabbit Offer

Our 8-year-old granddaughter, Hallie, begged her dad to get her a couple of bunnies.  Finally, her dad consented as long as both rabbits were females. She was delighted as her dad helped her find a bunny house, food, and a water dispenser. Hallie stared at the young bunnies thinking about what to name each bunny.  Selecting fun, fitting names to match their coloring and temperament, she named the bunnies Flash and Honey.

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Power of Words | Words Have Power

Power of Words in Bible Scriptures

When God created the world, the Bible tells us it was done using the power of words.

And God said, let there be light and there was light. Genesis 1:3

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Genesis 1:6

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Genesis 1:9

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11

When God created the world, the Bible tells us it was done using the power of words. Words are powerful.  Job lost everything after he said these words.......

Words are powerful.  Job lost everything after he said these words:

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Multiple Personalities or Dissociative Identity Disorder

My husband and I recognized our son had the symptoms of Multiple Personalities or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). We prayed and asked God to help us.  Our son was not willing to go to a doctor so we were hoping to find alternate methods of healing. Shortly after praying to God, we were lead to Melvin C Fish Ph.D. who had been taught by God how to integrate fractured spirits back together. Most professional psychiatrists believe that once a personality fragments or fractures, it cannot be integrated back to the core personality. However, there are now some mental health professionals who believe through talk therapy, and medications, multiple personalities or dissociative identity disorder has hope of being healed.

What are multiple personalities or  Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? In case of extreme stress, abuse, or trauma, the spirit body is made with the ability to fragment or fracture from the core spirit.  This is a survival tool God gave us so a portion of our spirit has the ability to exit our bodies when burdens become greater than the strength to endure. I discovered the integration of multiple personalities back to the core spirit is possible, but I want to explain in more detail about this disorder before moving on. 

Prayed for Guidance

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Stress Management Activity | Simple – Quick – Good Results

Before I share my stress management activity that is simple and quick with good results, I want to list some of the most common physical symptoms stress causes.

Top Physical Symptoms Caused by Stress

  • Headaches.
  • Low energy
  • Insomnia.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Frequent colds and infections.
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

Would anyone want to sign up for those “effects”? And this list is just a few of the many physical symptoms stress causes.

Survival Mode

When experiencing long-term physical, mental, or emotional stress, the body stays in survival or fight flight response where the body’s energy is out of balance.  The majority of the body’s energy moves into the legs and arms in preparation to run or fight.  God intended the survival mode mechanism to kick in on a short-term basis for protection and safety purposes; however, in today’s fast-paced environment, a high percentage of people are living in fight flight response on a daily basis which is robbing valuable energy that is needed for the body’s organs to grow and repair cells.  This state of being is very unhealthy for the body and can lead to serious health problems.

Update 3-4-2019

I wrote a new blog titled “Fight Flight Response Won’t Turn Off” if you would like to read more updated details about this response.

All are Affected by Stress

We all are affected by stress. Since we can’t get completely away from stress, we have to learn to deal with it.  Complicated or time-consuming solutions to alleviate stress often end up causing more stress. It is best to choose a stress management activity that easily flows into your day but yet is effective.

Stress Release Activity Simplified

Our “to do” lists are always longer than the time we have to complete them.  A stress management activity needs to be a simple, quick solution, or it most likely will not be helpful.  The best stress release activity I have found to deal with stress is to take a couple of deep breaths, and then say a quick stress release prayer. It resets me, and I am able to cope moving forward with focus and strength. 

Stress Release Prayer with Quick Calm Deep Breaths

I like to say this short stress release prayer with quick calm deep breaths. The breathing technique Jordan shares in this video is helpful in stopping runaway thoughts by quickly breathing and praying to calm my inner being. 

Easy Short Stress Release Prayer

By the power of God, I command and release any stress stored on all layers and levels of ___________’s body, mind, and spirit to go to the light of God to be healed.  Thank you. 

The words of this prayer can be changed to fit your personality and what feels comfortable to you.  All that is needed is to pray with sincerity and meaningful, heartfelt emotion.

God hears and answers prayers.  All we have to do is believe and ask.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Complicated or time-consuming solutions to alleviate stress often end up causing more stress. It is best to choose a stress management activity that easily flows into your day but yet is effective. 

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Another short stress management activity that may be helpful 

If I have a hard time falling to sleep or if I wake up during the night and can’t fall to sleep, I listen to this short guided prayerful meditation to release fear.  Most guided meditations don’t work for me but word choices in this prayerful meditation calm me right to sleep in less than 12 minutes.  Hopefully, it will work for you too.