6 comments on “Pets are cuter when they are little (or more about my involuntary holiday).

  1. Not much to say on the actual content as I am in a very bad place myself at the moment, in danger of ending up in a mental health ward myself and cannot think straight. Only reason I am not in one already is because of the disruption it would cause my daughter. Currently have home treatment team visiting every day. Would quite like to be put down.

    • I had a lot of reasons that I did not wish to go to hospital, myself. None are as compelling as the disruption you cite for your daughter. But perhaps it is worth considering whether the disruption will be worth it. Although certain information has come to light that irks me a little, I still think that the combination of Fluoxetine and Quetiapine has made most things a lot easier for me to deal with. But then, as I believe I have indicated, I also got very, very lucky.

      • Seems like I’m going to get to stay out of hospital. Home Treatment are going to be keeping an eye on me at the weekend which is when I am most at risk of harming myself (as my daughter will not be here). I suppose, too, that they only have limited resources and can only take in the most at risk patients and as I have managed to control my self destructive urges – but the are still there, gods are they still there – since my trip to A&E, I am not one of the most at risk.

        I am glad the medication is helping you. I am on a similar combination – Venlafaxine and Quetiapine. The Venlafaxine, I am not sure if it helps. I have been on various anti-depressants pretty much my entire adult life so it is really hard to know if they are having an affect. The Quetiapine definitely helps though, and I suspect my dosage will be put up next week.

        • Sometimes, staying out of the hospital is a good thing. As I have said indirectly, hospitals can be very toxic places for people who are not really in need of them or have things in real life to attend to. Truthfully, I am a bit amazed that they have not thrown you in an acute-care ward already. Perhaps the resource shortage is even worse there than it is here (which would not surprise me, given the relative populations of the countries we live in). Exactly how do they assess the level of risk?

          I must admit, I have never heard of Venlafaxine. Sounds like a new one. *looks it up* Ah, okay. Yeah, I know that one more by its brand name. Truthfully, I do not know if any of them really help much. I find that writing is a lot more difficult when on the combination of Fluoxetine and Quetiapine. It is as if some sense of where to put what word in what place on what page goes away when I am taking them. Perhaps I should look into another hobby.

  2. I just ran across your blog frm a link on another post. As someone who has battled depression on and off for about 40 years, your description of the mental health system in Australia, (I am assuming that is where you are based on some of what I read.) sure reminds me of my own experiences here in USA.

    I do not have autism, but as a result of a head injury 3 years ago, it is a constant battle to get anything done on the outside world’s schedule. I have trouble with planning steps and most of all motivation. Most of the time, I would rather stay home, browse the internet and pet my dog.

    I wish for you the best you can be. Your obvious intelligence shines through your writing like a beacon. I found myself identifying with your description of the different kinds of practitioners.

    • There are differences between here and the USA. Probably the most profound of which is that the USA has a user-pays system that seems to have been designed with the goal of driving people into poverty. There are other differences both big and small, but that is the one that causes me the most surprise when I read that the USA’s disabled populace has less poverty amongst it than Australia’s.

      I do not have autism, either. I am autistic. There is a big distinction. That said, I truly believe that motivation in the present and expectation of reward generated by the past are joined at the hip. If people reward a person for going out and seeking the help they are told they need with stonewalling, abuse, and emotional let-down, getting them to go out and seek the help they are told they need in future will be that much harder.

      Hmmm well, flattery will get you everywhere. No, all kidding aside, hopefully in another five hundred years when archaeologists dig this part of now up, they will know whether to laugh or cry. Lately, I certainly do not.

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