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  1. Oh sorry, just saw the tag. I wasn't sure what SI stood for. For me, I don't mention them unless they are really intrusive. So random fleeting thoughts I probably wouldn't, but if they're there a lot and bothering me then I would even if it's passive with no intention behind it. If I'm thinking seriously about acting on them then it's time for a med change. Idk, that's just me.
  2. But some do ... I would hope there's an exception for kids who are medically at risk for a serious case and that there are plans to vaccinate those individuals.
  3. Most people here are not wearing masks anymore, except in a few settings where it's still required, like medical settings or activities for kids. Yep.
  4. I was recently diagnosed with gingivitis and have had issues with gums bleeding for a couple years. I think it's due to the meds as I am on several that can cause dry mouth. I've started using an alcohol-free mouthwash and chewing gum with xylitol ... is there anything else I can do? I don't want to change my meds since they are working.
  5. I'm fully vaxxed and still wear my mask. I have a kid who can't be vaccinated yet. I think a lot of the people walking around unmasked are not vaccinated as it seems the people against masks are usually against vaccines as well. And I agree it's very confusing.
  6. I know I already said this on the other thread, but I've had similar experiences and it was during a time I was having a lot of delusions, before I got on a therapeutic dose of AAP. I think they are visual illusions. I had one where I thought a person I passed in a building was a gorilla. It would have made no sense for there to be a gorilla there, but I had to really stop and look at them to make sure they were a person. ETA I've never had a full-on visual hallucination, just little stuff like this.
  7. I've had that happen and it's only when I had other psych symptoms going on so I think it is related although not super concerning in itself.
  8. Balancing symptoms vs side effects is such a challenge. Sorry, jarn.
  9. I know you posted this a month ago, but I really really like "The Center Cannot Hold" by Elyn Saks. It's a memoir about her schizophrenia. How are you doing, btw?
  10. I know someone who hallucinates on marijuana. I think it can really help some people and I'm pro-legalization, but we do have to be careful when prone to psychosis, I think.
  11. You may be right. I struggle with delusions around this so I'm not the best person to judge what's normal. I guess for me, there's a line that's crossed when it goes from "my phone is listening to me/Facebook is tracking my activity to target ads/a hacker might be using my computer camera to watch me/etc" to "the government is watching my online activity, all of my thoughts are posted somewhere online that everyone knows about" and that's where it gets delusional I guess? I don't know. There's probably a gray in-between area and maybe that's where you are? Have you talked with your pdoc about these feelings? What did they say?
  12. I mean, we are being monitored by technology. I don't think that in itself is delusional?
  13. I've had a diagnosed mild concussion. I had continual severe headaches that didn't respond to medicine, and I lost my ability to read for months. How are you doing, Blahblah? Did you find out anything?
  14. I wonder if I am having psych effects from my second dose. I was doing fine before I got it (yesterday) and now I'm a mess again. Feel like I am living in a nightmare.
  15. I got my second shot today. My husband is getting his second one soon. Unfortunately, I don't know when our son will be able to get it and he has some risk factors. That worries me. I wish it was approved for children. I'm also concerned that people will not be honest about their status.
  16. Honestly I'm not sure being married should be seen as the quintessential sign of normalcy, anymore than being employed should be seen as such. All marriage means is that you found ONE person who is willing to put up with your particular brand of crazy (at least for now). I have very little social life and zero close friends who aren't family.
  17. I'm married. I met my husband doing volunteer work. We're both socially awkward introverts and both come from families with a history of mental illness. My own mental illness worsened significantly when I was pregnant and in the years afterwards, I was more stable and was working when I got married. My job history is quite sad, though. Just minimum wage stuff here and there, never for very long. I'm not working currently.
  18. First of all, I'm so sorry about your mother's cancer diagnosis. I know the awfulness of the uncertainty. My dad was diagnosed with cancer shortly before the pandemic happened. Fortunately they were able to do surgery to remove his. My husband was also in the hospital last year for an ongoing health issue that took a while for the doctors to figure out and that was incredibly stressful, in a different way. I'm a recovered cutter, so I get that, too, and how the urges come back when things are stressful. I don't know that I have anything really helpful to say, but I'm here.
  19. I have several family members who are convinced that positive thinking can rewire your brain and cure depression. It has helped them with their stuff, and I'm glad for them. But I'm having a hard time with being told to do these practices when I'm symptomatic. Being told to say affirmations or practice being grateful for things when intrusive thoughts are telling me I should be dead doesn't make me feel better. It makes me feel like they think I'm a negative person who doesn't appreciate what I have and that that's why I'm struggling. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I don't want to dismiss it if it's helpful ...
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