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  1. My husbands employer decided to go with a different insurance company starting in January. My husband told me our drs are in the plan, but he meant pcp. It is a different behavioral health plan and my providers don’t take it. There are some good providers but I don’t know how I go about making sure I can get appointments until I have the insurance, but I don’t want to be searching at the last minute. My meds have been the same for awhile, but I need someone to prescribe refills. And, it took awhile to find a therapist and now I will have to start over. I have one in mind, that I saw once for some psychological tests. And a psychiatrist I saw when I was first diagnosed. I am a bit stressed about the whole thing. also, I have been on a ketogenic diet for diabetes through a program with my insurance that will not be covered. I have the basics down, but it is a good program. I could pay out of pocket but it is too expensive.
  2. Thank you. I do talk to my therapist. She warns me it is a slippery slope. Lol about the title. I will check out the link. You have given me a lot to think about. no, I am not picturing enjoying a glass of wine with a meal. You are right about cravings. Good point about harm reduction not being elimination. as far as increasing frequency, I have been delaying that until I make any decision.
  3. My psychiatrist will sometimes up my medication over the phone. 12 weeks is a long time. I know some pdocs are booked out for months but can you see if they can fit you in earlier or if there is a cancellation? You sound like you are doing all the right things while waiting. Sorry I don’t have advice.
  4. I belong to a couple of Facebook groups. Moderation management and HAMs ( harm reduction, abstinence, moderation). I tried AA, but even though it is supposed to be spiritual it seemed too religious for me. it helped me with staying sober for 6 months. My main reason for wanting to moderate is health reasons. I take medications and have physical as well as mental health issues that I would like to control. But, I don’t want to give up alcohol completely. My plan is drinking twice a year, on my birthday and anniversary and staying alcohol free in between. But, I get cravings, especially on hot summer days when a cold alcoholic drink sounds good to me. I don’t keep it in the house, so I would have to go to the store and that has given me enough time to change my mind. curious if anyone else does this?
  5. Hi Nice to see you. I had an overpayment and they let me make payments. No talk of taking money out of my account. I am sorry that happened. That seems unusual. Sorry.. I don't have advice, just agree it sucks
  6. I had them pulled at 15 I don't remember much but I was swollen. My daughter had a rough time. The teeth did not bother her but after the surgery she lived on mashed potatoes and other soft food. My son's came in straight and he did not have to have them pulled. I think they hurt him some when they came through.
  7. I had a good experience, as usual, with our vetinarian and would like to spread the word. I posted on Yelp and maps. Is there another popular review on site?
  8. Who are these “normal” people you are suggesting only respond on a place called Crazyboards?
  9. I think I can pass as socially "normal" but it is a bit of an act. I have been married 25 years. I met my husband video dating (VHS tapes) back in the day. I was terribly shy and quiet. I did have a career as a clinical lab scientist that is long gone. Stress makes my symptoms worse. I currently work part-time as a peer mentor in mental health. It is a lot less pay, but my speed. I met my husband and had children before i was diagnosed. I have 2 friends who have bipolar disorder who I met through working. I also have one friend from high school but we only talk over the internet. Sorry, I don't know anything about dating and disclosing,
  10. I see her every other week and pdoc monthly. Sometimes, I struggle with waiting if something comes up, but for the most part it works fine.
  11. I had a lot of down time at my last job. No complaints from anyone. I like to be a little busy. It makes the day go faster.
  12. When I quit drinking I craved sugar. I think i have switched to carbs/food now. Planning to work on that soon
  13. I am accepting a per diem job offer which is at least 8 hours/week. My current job is 20 hrs/week. I can’t physically/mentally do both. I am thinking on explaining the predicament to my boss and asking if I could cut my hours in half and work 10 hr/week. I know she may say no, but Should I ask? I am not sure what I will do if she says no, probably give 2 weeks notice. ETA. I asked and they can not reduce hours so I gave notice
  14. Cheese. I don't know if your neighbor is taking pictures. That would be unusual, but possible. But, if you think of reasons why she may be: She admires your lawn or clothes or hairstyle or is testing out her camera, it may help calm you. I used to think I was being followed and filmed , but I never saw anyone. That was a delusion (at least that is what I am told). it works better for me if I go along with that then to insist it is true, even though I have doubts. I don't feel I am being followed anymore. It stopped years ago. A lot of things stopped at one time, with a medication change, which is more evidence that it was not real. Fluent in Silence is right. There are a lot of things so called "normies" believe that could be called delusions or irrational, but they are accepted.
  15. I am keeping with it. My sponsor has me calling her every day, for a brief check in. I have cravings but I can deal with them. Thanks for asking.
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