Hello all! My name is Amy Kay. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008. I want to take you on my journey through living and dealing with my brain disorder. While there is a lot of sadness in my story there is a ray of sunshine. I am recovering and paving my way as a mental health advocate! I love to hear from my readers! Feel free to message me. Twitter: @Amyloukay217 Email: Amyloukay@gmail.com
2015 is off to a great start for me! I had a big problem with
depression and I think a big factor in that had to do with the
Lexapro I was taking! Lexapro is an anti-depressant and it first it
make me feel kind of better but it did not take long to make me feel
terrible! An anti-depressant causing me to feel super depressed! Can
you believe that?! Well. I did hear about those effects for certain
people. Now I am being tapered off of it and I have been feeling
happy for a substantial amount of time! I feel alive and content!
two NAMI “In our own voice” Presentations this week and I have
one scheduled next week! Yesterday Sister and I did our first
presentation together and had a great time! IOOV Presentations are
designed to give a message of hope and recovery for those living with
a mental illness and I hope I have been successful at that! This
month my best friend has been helping me make calls to places that
would be interested in the IOOV Presentations! We have called nearly
one hundred places so far and sent out e-mails!
would like to share some goals I have for this year in order of
gained too much weight in the recent years! It seems like I just keep
getting bigger and bigger. I used to be slim. I am pretty sure it is
my injection that has caused all this weight gain. Right when I
started taking it is when the weight came piling on. This year I MUST
work harder at slimming down. I have been doing good with my drinks.
I drink about one cup of soda a day at the most. I drink a lot of
sweet tea but I know I should be drinking water instead! Also I need
to do more exercise. I definitely need to be more consistent with
of have a spending problem! I barely have any money in my bank
account. I LOVE to shop!! I don't always spend a lot of money
shopping but I can cut back. I also like to eat at restaurants a lot.
I plan to cook from home much more often! I really need to save up
for a newer model car than my current one. Also I MIGHT be a guest
speaker at a conference in Houston this year (fingers crossed). The
trip pays for my flight and hotel but I am not sure about the meals.
I would really like to explore the city and you can probably guess...
shop and eat!!!
MORE random acts of kindness
do practice random acts of kindness. However they are kind of here
and there.. I want to do more! Something that I hear often is “You
never know what someone is really going through, be nice to
everyone!” Just because someone is wearing a smile on their face
does not mean they are OK! Some of them could be severely depressed!
There have been plenty of times I have told my friends I was fine but
in reality I wanted to take Bear and run away from the world. I
usually tell my closest friends when I am feeling very sad though.
One day at my former job I was having a really bad day. It felt like
most of my customers were being mean to me. I was on the verge of
tears and maybe it did show. Well one kind customer looked at me and
told me that I had such beautiful hair! We talked for a few minutes.
Her simple gesture made me have faith in humanity and is something I
will never forget.
I am a
heavy texter! I love to text! More than I love to actually talk on
the phone! I am limiting my texts. Instead I will make more phone
calls! It is more intimate and sometimes even fun! I will also write
more hand written letters and snail mail. I get so excited when I get
a letter in the mail in today's world of e-mails! I write to my mom
every month and to my auntie.
that folks is my goals for this year! I know I can achieve all of
them! Do any of you have goals for 2015? Care to share? Comment below
or personal e-mail is good!