30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Day 21

Day 21: Many people say stress triggers symptoms, do you agree or disagree?

In my case, I wouldn’t say this is true in every case. I have had instances of great stress and gotten through those with no signs of my illness and then there were other times when I didn’t feel like I was under any additional stress, and even had many great things happening in my life and yet still felt tremendous anxiety and depression (but this was prior to my being treated).

Currently, I have significant personal and professional stress in my day to day life with some unfortunate unanticipated problems that require much of my attention, care, resources and consideration and while there are moments of slight (normal) anxiety, I have been able to jump in to problem solving ‘Super Mom’ mode and have felt strong and protective. I have to make sure I take plenty of time to rest and decompress and to say ‘No’ to any extra duties and projects so I can focus on my family, but I am able to handle it all without feeling like I am going to crumble or weaken.

When stress involves my children, or is related to something I can form some sort of control over I don’t feel it at all contributes to triggering. Thankfully!

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About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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