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About urbanimal

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    Beast of urban bohemia

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    Glasgow, UK
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    Krav Maga, Tai Chi, Paganism, Drawing, Painting, Zumba
  1. IME The ladies prefer to be called Bronies, but I'll hoofbump anyone as long as they're a member of the herd.
  2. Welcome to the boards. I mostly lurk here, but those who are more active have great experiences and advice.
  3. I have fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed by being tested to see what I didn't have, then I had the pressure point test. I didn't have any pain when they were pushed, but the specialist said I had sensitivity at almost all of them. For me, fibromyalgia rears it's ugly head when I have been 'too' physically active. I write 'too' because I have still yet to figure out how far I can push myself without it impacting on me. I am in pain all the time, and I struggle to get moving. Sleep isn't restful, and my thinking is always muddled. It's a horrid condition, but I try not to let it ruin my life - I still do Krav Maga for example, but I need to ensure I can rest well for a few days afterwards. Some people do recover from fibromyalgia, but I'm not sure if there is a rhyme or reason to it. I recommend trying to track down a local support group. I take amitrypteline for the fibro, and it has helped.
  4. I engage in journeys to the Otherworlds as part of my animistic, neo-totemist practice. My perception of 'spiritual' things is different from when my mind is being affected by my mental health issues. Unfortunately, I doubt I could explain the difference to someone who isn't spiritually inclined. For me, I take my experiences and reflect on them for a few days. A bit of time can help me filter through what is helpful and what is unhelpful. I guess my advice would be to do your best to think critically about your experiences. My practice provides a cosmology where I can map out my mental health. Without it, I genuinely believe I would be sicker than I am. Titania's thoughts are excellent. I agree with him/her.
  5. Hi Miron, Thanks for the heads up on the indexing. My usernames are all linked to my 'alternative' name rather than my 'real life, job and surviving' name, so I should be relatively secure. And thank you for the warm welcome! *blushes* I;m glad you recommended this site to me.
  6. Hi Olga, Thank you for the welcome. My GP and I are going to look at options like DBT and mentalisation, while seeking a referral to a psychiatrist. So far, the NHS have been good. I've had great success in managing my depression and fibro with them, but it's good to know there are folks here who can help me with the NHS should I come up against any difficulties.
  7. I've been lurking for a week or so. I've been dealing with depression since I was 18-19, and I've been diagnosed with fibromyaglia in the past few years. I'm now dangerously close to 30, and after storming out of my job, being on benefits and having the time to be 'sick', I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I've gone through the relief of finally knowing what I am up against, so now I am figuring out what to do about it. I wanted to get Xmas out the way before my GP and I worked out a plan. I'm from Glasgow, UK. I'm an artist, and I am interested in ecology and biodiversity. I am learning Krav Maga and Tai Chi, but I like Zumba too.
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