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🚪When Illness Comes Knocking, Beware of Unpredictable Behavior🚪

Unpredictable

Just because someone appears to be exhibiting out of character behaviors when they are sick, doesn’t mean that they are not responsible for their actions or that they can’t control themselves any longer. In fact, the opposite may be true; sometimes the stress of being sick and in pain takes people outside of their comfort zones and they seek out outlets to relieve stress and anxiety (often in ways that are negative). For medical professionals and caregivers, it’s critical to recognize the warning signs of behaviors gone rogue and take proactive steps to protect others from harm.

Mental Health
It’s not uncommon for the symptoms of an illness to make people behave in uncharacteristically out-of-character ways. The unpredictability can be attributed to a number of factors, including the severity and type of illness, as well as the person’s coping skills.
But it can also be due to something called somatization disorder. This is when a person experiences physical pain or discomfort but does not have any underlying medical explanation for it. They will often misattribute the symptom to another condition they are aware of, like irritable bowel syndrome or depression.
This may sound like the opposite of hypochondria– someone who imagines their health problems are worse than they really are– but there are some subtle differences between the two conditions.

Bipolar Disorder
A mood disorder in which the person’s moods swings from periods of over-excitement (mania) or irritability (depression) to periods of sadness and low energy.
Mood swings can be severe, with rapid changes to emotional states that may last only hours or days. These changes are often unpredictable, and may result in a person’s temperament and personality changing dramatically.
The symptoms affect a person’s thoughts and feelings as well as their physical state. An episode is also likely to have a noticeable impact on how they act and interact with others. Bipolar Disorder has some common warning signs including difficulty sleeping, restlessness, talking excessively, racing thoughts, high levels of creativity and impulsiveness. Although there is no cure for this illness it can be managed with medication if diagnosed early enough.

Personality Disorders
Some personality disorders are linked to mental illnesses that can cause severe out of character behavior. A person with bipolar disorder may act impulsively or unpredictably when manic, while someone with paranoid personality disorder might become aggressive and irrational as they worry about things that others would find trivial. It’s important to be aware that people experiencing a mental health crisis may not always make rational decisions or know what they’re doing. Talk to them calmly and offer help if you think it’s needed. Give space and provide care without asking too many questions. If the person doesn’t want to talk about what’s going on, don’t press for information—just be there for them instead. Offer the person coping skills like meditation or deep breathing exercises so they have some tools at their disposal to use when feeling overwhelmed by their emotions.

Drug Addiction
People who suffer from drug addiction are susceptible to many different types of behavior. If they are not in the middle of an episode, they may be a completely different person. They may seem friendly and outgoing but when they need their next fix, they will become aggressive and demanding. Drug addiction is hard to control because there is always that craving for the drug. People who have this addiction will try anything to get more drugs and it usually ends up being something illegal like robbery or breaking and entering. It can lead to jail time, family problems and financial problems. Alcoholism: Alcoholism also causes unpredictable out of character behavior because alcohol affects people differently. It makes some people mellow while others act out aggressively with violent tendencies.

What Can We Do to Help?
If you’re a caregiver and need to step back for a while, it’s important to have an open dialogue with your loved one. Let them know what’s going on, that you care about their feelings and that they’re not alone. Ask them if they would like help coming up with a plan for when you’re not around. It can be as simple as providing a list of friends or family members they might contact in the event they need assistance or calling ahead to let the pharmacy know how many prescriptions are needed each week. You can also explore different living arrangements such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes, both before and after there is an emergency situation where these are necessary. Knowing how much time you will be absent will make all these arrangements easier. For example, deciding whether someone needs more care now so you don’t have to rush finding something later. When choosing between alternative living arrangements, always think about what would best suit your loved one’s needs now and in the future (i.e., having access to medical care).

Mental Health Awareness
Anxiety and depression are a common occurrence in people with chronic illness. When the person is already struggling to deal with their physical pain, it can be hard for them to have a panic attack when they are struggling to cope. The mind becomes the enemy when they cannot control what is happening. Their thoughts become their worst enemies which causes an irrational fear that something bad will happen if they don’t take action.
A lot of these behaviors are often dismissed as childish or immature but this is not the case. Mental health issues should not be ignored and should not be used as an excuse to stop treatment. Educating oneself on symptoms and treatments can help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses. There are so many factors that go into mental health including genetics, medication side effects, chronic stressors such as finances, relationships and other illnesses. There is no one size fits all answer for mental health disorders.

Mental illness is a battle that can alter behavior. The nature of behavior can impact those we love. Even though one’s behavior is a mental illness state, it’s not always excusable. However, it’s important to know it is an illness. Sometimes being out of character can’t be controlled. But the help available can prevent future effects on others.

Until our beautiful minds meet again. Be safe out there. Many blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Minds Matter 🦋 – Della 🦋

🌨️Weathered

 

“Weathered”

 

Large snowflakes fell, leaving conditions dangerous and unpredictable.  Harsh temperatures stung across those faces who challenged travel. Invisible to the eye, frozen or numbness, warned – burning sensation discolored red tint covering the exposed skin – .  Darkness revealed by a rare street light or local plow truck on occasion.  

 A middle age man, stiff, weakened, heavy footed- stumbled to the snow covered pavement.  Weighed down by heavy damp clothes, the only warmth, the man had available.  Conditions caused numbness of hypothermia, added confusion-weaken, unstable; held a weathered look to the man.  A bitter pain; ached through the bones on a stable structured frame. Drips of snow latched to the hairs of an frozen mustache.  Determined, to find warmth through the cold, damp to wet clothing, bitterness-  bright headlights stared the eyes, who’s vision overlapped. A young voice called out, as the truck engine silenced the voice. The man tried to move quickly perhaps but lacked motion.. Response slow to flow, a hand signal to motion – delayed by impaired mobility.  Not a word could be muttered, not an eye could blink. A man who lost direction and time – clearly lost.  Mile after mile of fighting bitter cold weather was unknown.. Fragile – defeated, crippled the once-such strong physic man.  Suddenly falling to the snow, unconscious, surrender to defeat.   

A young women hollered and screamed, watching the man collapse before her.  Driving to rescue the man seemed like eternity, slippery conditions reduced time to reach the man.  Unsure of health conditions or how to get him into the truck- was heart wrenching.  Approaching the man, without hesitation. – “Are you okay, sir”? No response after three times. Tears began to freeze on her face, crying with fear in the worst.   She could not budge the weight to assist helping him in the truck.  “Sir, I’m Kaylee, I need you to help me help you”. Begging and pleading, desperately needing a miracle. In the bitter whist of air, somehow the man began to move.  Assisting with guidance, weathered – fragile, Kaylee positioned the seat resting to accommodate the man.  Unable to call for help,  Kaylee hoped the heat would warm them, as they drove off to the local hospital.  No exchanged conversation- or attempt. Scared for what could be, Kaylee continued to pray and seeking answers in her own thoughts.

Arriving at the hospital, through the glass rotating doors, Kaylee began to call out to medical staff.  “please help me, please”!  Unconscious the man was in poor conditions – medical staff began to question Kaylee about the so called “weathered” man – no identity, no information on his presence.  Kaylee hoped to recall the location she discovered the man. With possible hope to give clues to unanswered questions.  A man who could not speak, had no wallet or belongings.  Only a body and faced conditioned – “weathered”. 

Dr. Frank was the first physician to begin medical procedures to ensure safety and health concerns of a “weathered” man.  Dr. Frank examined the man cautious to speak with no name or identity, “shall we offer a name for this man, William Weathered”?  Please by medical staff, for security and medical purposes William Weathered had a temporary identity.

Hours later, hospital staff began to questioning the search for relation that could identify William.  To start the process security would have to be on guard around the clock.  Everyone prayed for answers as the word spread quickly about an unidentified man known as William Weathered.

News reporters and community members flooded the lobby and outside streets of the hospital.  No information was provided for security reasons other than a possible location Kaylee provided.  As William remained unconscious, Kaylee  visit the man she was able to help, daily.  Dr. Frank would give Kaylee medical updates.  William had stayed in the coma unconscious for several days. 

Day after day no response Dr. Frank proceeded to further examine William. His health was remarkable considering his state on arrival. Hypothermia must have cause a stroke that induced a coma. Dr. Frank had wondered if he could have been a traveler or from out of town. Not one person had any information that could help find relation to William.  Kaylee would sit for hours talking to William, reading reports of people who were lost or missing out loud to William.  Local  members found it unusual for Kaylee to spend so much time tending to an unknown stranger. 

Kaylee told staff members everyday is Williams birthday.  A celebration of his life since it’s unknown. Decorating the room, buying gifts and conversation with William, made a 32 year old women feel hope he could wake one day. 

Even doctor Frank had other specialist try to better understand how severe hypothermia, well William was a miracle to be alive.  Trying to piece the puzzle, Dr. Frank told Kaylee there isn’t any answers.  A man who has lived weeks, and months with hypothermia is rare. Afraid of Kaylee being disappointed for days to come, he advised her to take time away from visiting.  Tear filled eyes, Kaylee was discouraged and pleased to visit William daily.   Her heart was full, dedicated and determined for William to recover one day. 

As the days passed Kaylee read stories as she researched possible cases of missing person reports.  It had be 18 weeks and not one person came to identify William. No phone calls or even person questing his identity. 

A nurse came in the room, watching as Kaylee routinely made sure William was well tended to.  “Hey Kaylee”, the nurse said.  Turning to the nurse, she noticed Kaylee in tears.  “Oh dear, what’s  the matter”?  Sobbing with words unclear, Kaylee said “ this could be my father”.

The nurse confused, Kaylee continued.

My grandmother took care of me, while my father worked on big aircraft.  Most days he would work long hours so he would just stay at the job. Later as I was older I understand he was overseas or far away with work. My father was a military man of many years. I was 10, when my father stopped calling. My grandmother said he must be really busy, she was sure he would call very soon.  I missed hearing his voice, I really missed him everyday.  My mother ran off when I was a baby, so my grandmother did her best to raise me..   Now my grandmother is much older on occasion we talk about my father. Grandma always holds that little piece of hope, that he will call one day.  She says he should call one more time before she leaves this earth.  Maybe she has taught me to hold on over all these years.  William reminded me of my father, if he had got lost or hurt I pray someone showed up just in time. 

Listening to Kaylee’s heartfelt story. The nurse asked Kaylee if her grandmother knows about William and what’s her thoughts?  Kaylee smiled and says, if grandma heard his voice she would know if he’s my father.. 

Tears continued to fall as they continued conversation.  William laid peacefully as he did while Kaylee talked regular.  

Kaylee went to the bedside, placed her hands on the hand of Williams.  She said, William you are my hope as a young women that my father is out there in this world looking for me and grandma.  “please William say something”.  As grandma would know you were her son or not.  Kaylee felt Williams hand begin to warm, unaware of just a notion of hope. The nurse said his vitals increased and his heart rate elevated.   Dr. Frank was called immediately to examine the cause.  Abruptly questioning what occurred. Explained conversation, Dr. Frank said it’s common for theses cases where nervous tend to spasm.  Kaylee felt discouraged as the doctor expressed his opinion.  Not wanting to leave, Kaylee went home for the evening.

Kaylee had some errands to run before visiting William so she was off routine this once.  Arriving to the room, Williams room was empty. Kaylee screamed and started to feel a panic attacks rising.  Someone help me, where is he? No one called me, it’s not fair, Kaylee continued.   Everyone was silent not a word, no answers or information.  Kaylee began to call for Dr. Frank, nurses seemed unresponsive.

Tell me why isn’t anyone communicating with me? I have spent 8 months with William, tell me something. Heartbroken- Kaylee made a call to grandma. He’s not here, grandma.  Not one person will talk to me. What is happening?  Screams continued as Kaylee begged for answers.  Medical staff run to grab Kaylee and tie her down.  The madness continued as Kaylee plead to know where William was take to.

 Dr. Swak held Kaylee’s  arm while injecting her with Lithium.  Give her 10 minutes and she will be fine.  A women arrived asking for Kaylee’s room, insisting it was urgent.  Nurses informed the women Kaylee was being seen by the doctor, she could see Kaylee in 20 minutes.  Cried and screamed continued from Kaylee leaving staff silenced.  The women sat patiently as directed waiting to see Kaylee. 

Time for you to see Kaylee a nurse spoke.  Arriving to the room Kaylee was exhausted from another day of mental madness.  “ Hey honey, it’s mom”.  The women spoke for sometime, Kaylee starred with glazed eyes, half placed in the bed strapped down.  Kaylee when will you give up?  You will not be able to come home if you continue this non sense. 

The night nurse peaked in the door, how is she,? asked the nurse.  A few more hours and she should come too.  Every lithium shot takes her out for awhile, but it shall pass.  If she can only except the truth he’s to coming home, these days would fade.  I guess being a little girl losing her father isn’t easy. 23 year and her life has been hell.  Her mind has taken her to mental madness that has no remorse. The epic attacks are heart breaking, Dr. Swah says she might realize the truth one day.   

The nurse says if you need anything let us know.  The women smiled sitting with Kaylee. Nurse, one more thing.

“What room did they move William too”?

“Could you please let him know his mom is here”?

Mental health is serious. This is just a story I wrote to share the effects of life events. Mental challenges may seem unrealistic but truth is, it’s a struggle for alit of people. Our minds are a powerful tool that we must maintain daily. If we allow the work to over power us, the struggles are real. If you need professional help please seek immediately. Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there. Much love and blessings. Remember Everyday Mind’s Matter 🦋

– Della🦋

 

✂ Mental Unemployment

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How to Overcome Mental Unemployment: A blog about overcoming mental unemployment and being a life hobbyist.

Have you ever felt like your brain is on autopilot? Like you’re just going through the motions of life, but you don’t feel like your mind is engaged? You’re not alone.

Mental unemployment is when your brain is in neutral and needs a jumpstart to get going again.

Do you feel like your brain is always foggy?

Are you constantly forgetting where you put things?

Do you seem to have amnesia when it comes to basic facts, like what day it is or what year we’re in?

Do you feel unmotivated and uninterested in life?

If any of these sound like you, then you may be suffering from a condition called “mental unemployment.”

It can be caused by stress, uncertainty, or lack of motivation. It’s also common if you’ve recently experienced a big change in your life—like getting a new job or moving to a new neighborhood—and need some time to adjust.

The good news is that mental unemployment isn’t permanent! All it takes is some time to refocus on what matters most to you and get back into the swing of things.

I once saw a man on the side of the street with a placard that said, “The Struggle is real, but so is hope.” I have no idea who he was or where he came from, but that quote stuck in my mind. We all have struggles, and sometimes they seem insurmountable. Yet we must remember that there are people out there who care and want to help. We cannot allow ourselves to fall into despair or self-pity. We must keep our chins up and continue to persevere in spite of our setbacks.

Mental unemployment is a state of mind that occurs when you feel like your life is not moving forward. You feel stuck in a rut, like you’re not doing anything with your time or talents. You feel like there’s nothing out there for you to pursue, even if it’s something you really want to do.

This can be caused by many things, including the fact that we live in a world where the economy is constantly shifting and changing, which means that we often have to change our mindsets along with it. We may also have trouble finding our own path or understanding what we really want out of life because it seems so overwhelming—there are so many options available!

But here’s the thing: You don’t have to drown yourself in stress and worry about what’s next for your career! Instead of stressing out over everything that might go wrong (or right), try focusing on what makes you happy in the moment.

You may already know what makes you happy; maybe it’s playing an outdoors sport, ( fishing, hiking, swimming, baseball, etc.,) or taking pictures or writing stories—whatever it is! If not, try thinking back on some interest you wanted to pursue, just never got started. Now could be that time to begin.. Participating in. A hobby or interest can relieve stress and give a productive achievement.

Moving forward, in-depth understanding to build mental employment. Some may not want to talk about the struggles they face. As change can be overwhelming and cause more added stress. We must learn:

What is mental unemployment?

Mental unemployment is when you are unemployed and not looking for a job. You’re enjoying life, but you feel like your mind is still in the workforce, and that you should be doing something productive.

Mental unemployment occurs when you feel like you’re wasting time and not contributing to society or yourself. You may have a lot of ideas for potential businesses or projects, but don’t know where to start or how to move forward with them.

What can I do about it?

One way to overcome mental unemployment is by becoming a life hobbyist. A life hobbyist is someone who does what they enjoy as a hobby, rather than as a job. This means that they don’t get paid for their work, but they do it because they love it! The benefit of this approach is that it allows you to pursue your passions without feeling guilty about being unproductive, because at least you’re doing something that makes you happy!

Acknowledge and accept that things have changed

This is the first step in taking control. It’s also not a passive one, because acceptance doesn’t mean giving up or not trying to change things. It just means acknowledging that your situation has changed and will continue to change, for better or for worse.

Acceptance is about accepting reality as it is right now, not how you’d like it to be—and there’s no shame in that! No matter what happens next, this isn’t going away overnight: We’re all humans with brains that need downtime every once in awhile. So why not make the best of it?

Express your feelings by talking to someone, writing about them, or even shouting them out loud on your own

When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to put your feelings into words. It’s even more difficult when you feel like everyone around you is doing just fine and has no idea what it’s like for you. The best thing to do when this happens is talk to someone about how you’re feeling—someone who will listen without judgment or advice. You could try talking to a family member or close friend, but if those people aren’t available. Talking about the situation will help reduce stress., it allows you to find a solution to the problem. That is simply talking it out loud. If no one is available, try recording your thoughts. Make a recording of your thoughts or situation. Listen to the recording as your helping a friend. Write down your plan of action to fix the situation. This will help improve your motivation which takes us to the next tip:

Keep Active

It’s important to keep your body in good shape, not just for its own sake but also because it can help you stay mentally healthy. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms by increasing the amount of endorphins—the brain’s feel-good chemicals—in your bloodstream. And if you’re worried about being outside or around other people, then do some exercises that don’t require social interaction: there are plenty of videos online from which you can learn various exercises (like yoga or Pilates), or simply practice at home with a set of dumbbells or resistance bands.

If possible, try to get out into nature when you choose your activities: walking in parks is a great way to unwind while enjoying the outdoors and letting go of stressors thanks to its calming effect on the mind and body alike.. What could be any better than to do something that brings happiness?

Do something you enjoy every day

  • Don’t blame yourself for your unemployment. If you’re looking for work and haven’t found anything yet, it’s easy to start blaming yourself. You might think that if you just tried harder or worked longer hours then things would be different. And if only the economy was better…or if I had a better degree…but don’t do this! It won’t help anything and will probably make things worse. Remember:
  • Make a list of things you enjoy doing (and keep adding to it). Think about what activities bring you joy and write them down in one place so that they’re easy to find later on (this will be very helpful). What activities do you love doing? What do they have in common? Why do they make you happy?
  • Do one thing from the list every day. Even if it’s just sitting outside and watching people walk by, try something new once per week. If there are days when nothing on your list seems appealing or possible based on time constraints, then find ways around these obstacles so that at least some part of your list gets crossed off every day!
  • Lastly, when its easy to fall into the cycle of doom and depression. Its always there for a moment, that deepens the obstacle.. The next tip;

Be sensible about drinking alcohol

The idea that alcohol can make you feel better is a myth. It’s an old myth, but it’s still wrong. Alcohol is a depressant and has many negative side effects in the long run, including:

  • Problems with your sleep
  • Relationship problems like arguments and fights
  • Mental health issues such as depression or anxiety

Avoid drugs and smoking

Avoid drugs and smoking.

  • Smoking is bad for your health, and it’s also addictive.
  • Drugs are bad for you, and they’re addictive as well.

Instead of smoking or using drugs:

  • Get a job that you enjoy doing! This will help keep you busy while you’re unemployed (and it’ll be good for your mental health). Try new things like volunteering or taking up a hobby like knitting or playing board games with friends!

Eat a healthy diet

The first step in dealing with mentally unemployed is to make sure you are eating a healthy diet. A healthy diet is one that contains the right amount of nutrients and calories, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and doesn’t contain too many unhealthy ingredients.

It can be hard to tell whether your current diet is healthy or not—it may not seem like it’s enough for your body, but it could be too much if you aren’t active enough. The best way to find out what your specific needs are is by getting a nutritionist who can help guide you toward making changes that will improve both your energy levels and overall health.

In general terms, here are some guidelines:

Don’t run away from your problems; face them head-on

If you are suffering from mental unemployment, it’s important that you face your problems head on. Don’t run away and try to ignore them; instead, try to face them in a way that allows you to deal with them. If they’re too big, don’t be afraid of asking for help or letting someone else look at the problem with fresh eyes.

Plan for the future but don’t get too bogged down worrying about it

While it’s important to plan for the future, don’t get bogged down with worrying about what may or may not happen in the distant future. Worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet is a waste of mental and emotional energy. Instead, be optimistic about what could come next for you. You’ll feel better about yourself and your outlook on life if you focus on positive outcomes instead of negative ones.

Find ways to manage your stress and stay positive regardless of being unemployed

You’re in a tough place right now. The best way to get through it is by finding ways to manage your stress and stay positive regardless of being unemployed. How do you do that? You can try any number of things:

  • Find a job that you like, if possible. If it’s not possible, find another one
  • Find a job that you love, if possible—and maybe even get paid for it!
  • Find a job that will pay you a lot of money—or at least enough so that you won’t feel guilty about spending money on things like food and shelter.
  • Find a job that you can do at home instead of going into an office every day. This could also include helping people online as well as creating content for websites and blogs. Since the pandemic delivery and shopping jobs are available.. These can be fit for flexibility. Be your own boss can be rewarding. There are many ways to make money without having to go into an office every day—and there are plenty of jobs out there where the work itself takes place either remotely or in your own home anyway! Employment opportunities are available in different forms. So why not take advantage?

So much information provided here to move forward to mental employment. Try the tips to find what works for you. Your mental employment can change as the economy is unpredictable. Resources and tips in this blog can offer happiness. Nothing is guarenteed without hard work and commitment. These tips can be applied to those who are not able to be employed. Either by choice or medical reasons mental health habits can be adjusted for your situation or needs.

Until our minds meet again. Be safe out there. Blessings and much love. Remember, Everyday Mind’s Matter🦋

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