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My tdoc told me to make a pie chart of myself to visualize that I'm not just my illness. What are you composed of? What words describe you? I haven't worked on it yet, but here are some ideas I have.

have delusions/hallucinations

patient

understanding

intelligent

sensitive

wide range of moods

mother

daughter

scientist

unemployed

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It's not strictly on topic but related.

Last night my old hero Stephen Fry was on TV, and he was taking about his mood swings as 'weather' as a storm that came over him. Jon Kabat Zinn, also describes weather a metaphor for emotions that came over us and affect us. So what I try to keep in mind is that depression or mania or hallucinations can come over me and be the 'storm' but I am always the landscape underneath. I'm not the illness, I'm not bipolar, I have bipolar, there is a big difference between the two.

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It's not strictly on topic but related.

Last night my old hero Stephen Fry was on TV, and he was taking about his mood swings as 'weather' as a storm that came over him. Jon Kabat Zinn, also describes weather a metaphor for emotions that came over us and affect us. So what I try to keep in mind is that depression or mania or hallucinations can come over me and be the 'storm' but I am always the landscape underneath. I'm not the illness, I'm not bipolar, I have bipolar, there is a big difference between the two.

Thank you. I've been focusing on the illness since I was diagnosed and I kinda feel like I am the illness. Nice to be reminded that I am still myself with this storm that effects me.

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You are not ur illness.You have some commons with other people with the same illness but ur not your illness.

I have met only two people with the same illness in my life (i think i dont know for sure probably more statistically speaking:) ) and there was totally different personalities than me..we have some commons elements but thats it.

Try do not think too much ur illness...something that i do as well for many times per day.

Usually when i messed up with something or i dont do something right i always have the excuse...aaaa its my illness and probably it is most of the times but i think that we must stop thinking like this.

Time is our ally.

The english language complicates me and i cant tell exactly what i need to tell but i think i did it:)

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I have met only two people with the same illness in my life (i think i dont know for sure probably more statistically speaking:) ) and there was totally different personalities than me\

That's a great way to look at it. Thank you

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It's not strictly on topic but related.

Last night my old hero Stephen Fry was on TV, and he was taking about his mood swings as 'weather' as a storm that came over him.

is he bipolar? i love stephen fry.

winston churchill called his depression the black dog. nice manly metaphor.

Jon Kabat Zinn, also describes weather a metaphor for emotions that came over us and affect us. So what I try to keep in mind is that depression or mania or hallucinations can come over me and be the 'storm' but I am always the landscape underneath. I'm not the illness, I'm not bipolar, I have bipolar, there is a big difference between the two.

that is such a good point, and something i forget a lot of the time, especially when i feel isolated.

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ooooh, this is so most probily diferent to what you guys are talking about, but brings back such memorys!

So want to share.

When I had an ED in highschool, my tdoc told me to do this.

I actually thought it was one of the only insightful things she ever said. Make a pie chart of your life and all the things in it and basically what you think of and what your priorities are.

Mine was one big round circle of food/and my eating disorder. I had Lost all my friends, i never saw family cause I was at border school, it had just destrayed my life. It showed how obssed I was and how it had taken over my life.

I know try aim for more balance, Lots of slices of equal size in the pie. Key word beying BALANCE! Which i find almost impossible to achieve at the best of times but know thats what I want. A good healthly pie.

Cause when someone takes away that one and only slice you have, you ain't got nothing to fall back on!

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I know try aim for more balance, Lots of slices of equal size in the pie. Key word beying BALANCE! Which i find almost impossible to achieve at the best of times but know thats what I want. A good healthly pie.

Cause when someone takes away that one and only slice you have, you ain't got nothing to fall back on!

That's a good way to look at it. This is how my pie chart came out.

whoiam2.jpg

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looks a lot more balanced at firsted ganced... but wait.... i'll look closer.......

i was told to fill mine with hobbies, things to take myself away from myself obsessions, and unhappyness. you got balance, but you really don't looklike you got much to take you away from the stress in your life.

Say, you had gardening as one of you slices for example, that would be a hobbie that would take you away from your problems and give you that balance. You could combine alot of your slices into one, and that being your "illness"?

I don't know thats how I understood the concept, and it made a lot of sense to me. Focus on other things, like friends, family, relgion, art, happy things. All things that fullfull your life possitively. thats the kind of pie i'm aiming for. and one slice that is my problems. I don't want the whole pie to emcompise my problems and take over my life?

Its a great way to see where you need to improve and can learn where you need to grow and develope and have let have let your problems become all emcompesing(sp?).

Although your pie in general isn't to bad, Mine had tree slice. AN, tiny tiny bit of family and a little art. So impressed. I was 16 tho?

Although I could have misread it completely, even so I think its a good way to look at it.

ps. You going to have to forgive my spelling it terrible, i'm really dyslexic!!!!

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If I were to make a pie chart, I think the outcome would be even more depressing then I already believe it to be. Things would outweight others. Like being unemployed for instance. That hurts more and more everyday. I'm sick but, I must work to have a place to stay. I hate this world sometimes, more times then not.

ehh

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I think what one should do is make a pie of what you lif is like right now. How you see your life and how its organised and NOT balanced.

Then use it as a tool to creat goals for yourself?

It shows you directly what you lacking!

Maybay draw another pie of how you want your life to be like, something to strive towards?

obviosely be realistic about it.

You can only do so much, and you can't expect miricles, but maybe having to pies would be a great way to determine how you are progressing? A good way to set goals. And as you gain new slices and loose old bad ones, you gain a sense of achieve and self confidence. (or visa versa)

Shit, I sound cheesy!

But its so true, my sisters bind and partially deaf and terrible over weight and depressed. And this is what I've been telling her. Take small steps and I had actually just told her to make a pie chart before you made that post! I think its a great way to visualise your problems, and be proactive in dealing with them.

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I know try aim for more balance, Lots of slices of equal size in the pie. Key word beying BALANCE! Which i find almost impossible to achieve at the best of times but know thats what I want. A good healthly pie.

Cause when someone takes away that one and only slice you have, you ain't got nothing to fall back on!

That's a good way to look at it. This is how my pie chart came out.

whoiam2.jpg

Great job! What software did you use to make the pie chart?? I want to make one of me.

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Great job! What software did you use to make the pie chart?? I want to make one of me.

Thank you. I used microsoft excel. It has a pie chart feature.

Will you post it when you finish?

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