Thursday, April 19, 2012

Good news!

Guess what? Today was my last day of school for the semester! It was also the end of my last social work course - rather disappointing since I loved my courses. I am getting A's in both my classes this semester, which is great because I did that last semester too, so thus far my GPA at the university is 4.0. My cumulative GPA for all my years in school, is only 3.38, but that's because I failed classes for not attending them when I was psychotic in past years. Not much I can do about that, but I can make up for it by getting good grades now.

I had a fantastic day today, and I am not manic, just in a good mood.

I hope you are all doing well.

And, I found out that one of my favorite classmates is going to be in my summer course too, so that is pretty cool. She is five years older than me and  I LOVE not being the oldest person in the class! I am very glad now that I signed up for that summer foreign policy course. I am actually looking forward to it. Yesterday sucked, but I am in a better mood today. My therapist thought we had a good session today. She is a wonderful therapist; I like her a lot. I wasn't so sure about that when I had to get a new therapist, because you never know what you're going to get (therapy is like a box of chocolates), but she is really quite stellar at therapy. And she laughs at all my jokes.

So I wanted to tell you I am having a good day despite my lousy time yesterday. And I am most certainly not manic, just happy the semester is over and I did well. I have one test to take and then I'm done! Woohoo.

Also, NAMI Pinellas - my NAMI affiliate - is going to be starting a program at the community college I attended (I graduated from there in December, 2010), and they have asked me to help spearhead it. I will be getting trained at some point in the future to run a support group for students. I'm aware that I can't take on too many extra responsibilities because I generally lack the time and energy to do everything that I want to do, and I'm also running for a seat on the NAMI Pinellas Board of Directors because they asked me if I would be interested in doing that and encouraged me to do it. So that is pretty good. I have good support from NAMI. The people there are like my second family - only, they're not as dysfunctional as my real family (even though everybody has a family member with a mental illness or has a mental illness themselves in NAMI). So I just thought I would share that with you. In June I will be speaking at the next Crisis Intervention Team training, and this month they published a letter I wrote in the NAMI Pinellas newsletter. I think it's important that people do what they can to reduce stigma and create awareness, and I feel better about myself and my life, and the world in general, when I try to do things like that. I would encourage everybody with a mental illness who lives in the United States to look up your local NAMI affiliate and get involved, as well as everybody who has a family member with mental illness (and those of us who fit into both of these categories, of course).

2 comments:

Birch said...

congratulations on it all :)

Chelle said...

You're doing awesome, Jen! Yesterday was a small setback, but it sounds like you are pulling yourself out of it by doing the things you need to do.

I think your post saying you weren't manic was clearly hypomanic, but I can tell from this post that you are just in a good mood. There is such a difference between the two. Hypomanic can turn bad so fast! So, I'm glad that the doctor saw it and insisted on reducing the prozac. Maybe he has found the right dosage now. I really hope so!

Hugs,
Chelle

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