DIY Sunshine Box

Know someone who’s struggling? Send them a sunshine box! Here’s an easy, cute idea that you can put together quickly. It always made my day when I got mail in treatment. Sometimes people don’t know what to send to a friend who is in treatment so here are some ideas:

  • blanket
  • books
  • chapstick
  • coloring books
  • coloring supplies
  • face masks
  • fidget toys
  • fuzzy socks
  • journal
  • lotion
  • nail polish
  • play dough
  • silly putty
  • soap
  • stuffed animal

If your friend is in an inpatient or residential level of care you will need to check and see what items are permitted within the facility before sending. Otherwise, have fun creating your care package! I made mine a sunshine theme and decorated it with yellow confetti and sunflower stickers.

anonymous asked:

What's your take on inpatient treatment? My therapist keeps bringing it up, but I'm scared mainly because I don't know much about it...

It really depends on what you are going inpatient for and the treatment you are looking at.

I was hospitalized for an eating disorder in my teens and it, without a shadow of a doubt, saved my life. It was the hardest 6 weeks of my teenaged life but it was a wonderful program. I made a lot progress what was then supported with extensive outpatient support. In practice, I’ve seen hospitalization be very helpful for figuring out treatment for psychotic disorders and severe depression. In my personal life, I’ve had friends who have had children in inpatient programs for PTSD and another one for depression - which have help. I have friends who are only now getting going through inpatient for eating disorders or for depression and they have found it helpful.

Inpatient programs have there place. It’s not a cure-all. You will not leave and have everything fixed. But it provides a safe place to do some really hard work. It can really help. You may to explore with your therapist which programs she recommends and why she would recommend it for you. Best of luck!

Dear Addict

Dear addict,
Dear alcoholic,
Dear meth head,
Dear crack whore,
Dear anyone struggling with addiction,

I am writing you this letter
in the hopes that you someday come to know
just how beautiful you really are.

I mean,
has anyone ever told you
just how much you deserve to heal?
Has anyone ever said to you,
“My God, my God,
even with those track marks,
even with those sunken, sullen eyes,
even with that tired heart,
I am so glad that you are still here.”

Dear addict,
Did you know that you are
not a bad person even when you use?
Did you know that just because
your problems are more obvious,
it does not make you any more different?

Dear addict,
Dear leech on society,
Dear open wounds,

Do not feel like an infection
just because your soul
is so inflamed.
Do not pick your skin tonight.
Do not tell yourself you are worthless
even after stealing all of your mother’s
money from her change purse.

Do not plan your funeral on the street
next to the subway because
you do not have to die tonight!
Because I know those dirty, blistered feet
just need to rest, and they can rest here.

Close your eyes.

Dear addict,
I love you.
Dear addict,
You are not your problems.
Dear addict,
I’ve seen you rise once before.
Dear addict,
You have a future.

Dear addict,
look now to the mirror.
Never have I seen a sewer rat
with such hopeful eyes before.
Never have I seen a piece of garbage
with such a loving, beautiful family.

Dear addict,
Do you see what I am seeing?

Dear human,
you are worth every single hour you will spend
recovering.
You are brighter than any star
you were born from.
You are more loved than your
aching, broken heart leads you to believe,
more than you can even imagine right now.

Dear mother, father, brother, sister, lover, best friend,
Do it for yourself.
Do it because you deserve the treatment.

Patiently yours,
Sobriety

Recovery is a conscious choice. It’s not something brought about by repeat hospital visits and pills and forced therapy sessions. Those things only supplement it. But what recovery really is, is a conscious choice to wake up tomorrow and want to live. It’s a choice to drive across a bridge and not want to jump into the water, but to admire the view.
—  anonymous
What’s the deal with PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)?

Someone asked us:

I have not been diagnosed, but after reading the symptoms and accounts from many people who have a uterus, I’m almost positive I have premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It’s wreaking havoc on my school work, my relationships, my mental state, and my ability to function, but seeing medications like Prozac and Zoloft scare me. Will a doctor believe me, or will I be perpetuating the angry PMS stereotype? And is it possible hormonal birth control alone would help?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is no joke, and from what you’ve described, it would probably help to talk with a doctor or nurse about your symptoms.

Both PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PMDD are very real, and I’m so sorry if worrying about people’s attitudes has held you back from getting treatment. You deserve to be listened to and to have a professional work with you to feel better.

Most people who menstruate have some PMS symptoms, like cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, and mood changes before or during their period — like being quicker to tears, more irritable, or feeling crummy overall. But some extra self-care is usually all it takes to get through it.

PMDD is much more severe and debilitating, and as it seems to be in your case, disruptive to relationships, school, and work.

There are 2 things you can do if you’re worried that you might have PMDD.

  1. Make an appointment with a doctor or nurse. You can visit a general practitioner (i.e. primary care or family doctor or nurse), a gynecologist (like a gyn at your local Planned Parenthood health center), or a psychiatrist. Ask about your doctor’s familiarity with PMDD diagnosis and treatment before making an appointment.
  2. Keep track of your symptoms — both emotional and physical — from cycle to cycle, including timing and how severe they are. That way you can tell a doctor or nurse exactly what’s been going on.

There’s no test that can tell you for sure whether you have PMDD, so it can take awhile to diagnose. When you visit your doctor, they may take some blood tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms. They may ask you questions about any history with anxiety or depression you might have had in the past.

There’s no single treatment that’s right for all PMDD patients, either. Some people get help from antidepressant medicines, but that’s not the case for everyone — and those medicines definitely don’t have to be the first treatment you try if that’s not your thing. Hormonal birth control is another very common treatment — including birth control pills that are FDA-approved to treat PMDD or methods that help eliminate your periods altogether.

Some other PMDD treatments include lifestyle changes, diet changes, vitamins and herbal supplements, and hormone therapies. In extremely rare cases, PMDD can be so severe and resistant to other treatments that patients opt for a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (removal of uterus or ovaries).

Get help now and don’t look back. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can help.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

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This new visitor caused a bit of a stir in our treatment room, recently!

This little bird is a very pretty fledgeling long-tailed tit, and was brought into us after being found alone with no sign of it’s nest or parents. A delighted Emma and Naomi checked the bird over, and luckily found no injuries. It was very bright and seemed raring to go!

We shall keep monitoring it for a short while and, when it is ready, it will be back to the wild!