30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge Day 7

Do you think there are any triggers or patterns to how your illness(es) effects you?

YES.  I’m not sure about the patterns yet, but I have a whole list of triggers:

  • Overstimulation
  • Being around drunk people
  • Prejudiced statements
  • Violence
  • Aggression
  • Feeling like I’m not articulating myself
  • Having to wait
  • Weight gain
  • Unexpected/quick movements
  • Financial Insecurity
  • Hurt feelings
  • River having too much energy/chewing too much/stepping on the computer when I’m trying to type things
  • Anything that requires patience
  • Feeling unheard
  • Isolation
  • Gloomy weather
  • Not feeling productive
  • Being told what to do or how to feel
  • Overtly religious conversations
  • More than one person talking to me at the same time
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Boredom/cabin fever
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Feeling a lack of freedom
  • Unexpected schedule changes
  • Change
  • Lack of schedule/stability
  • Lack of structure
  • Migraines
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Nightmares
  • Loneliness
  • Hunger
  • Fear of rejection
  • Feeling out of control
  • Having a lack of control
  • Having a lack of power
  • One sided conversations
  • Thunderstorms
  • Getting too tired
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Not being able to fall asleep
  • Comments others make about my weight/illness/etc.
  • September 11th
  • Feeling judged or criticized
  • Sexual harassment
  • Crowded places
  • Losing something and not being able to find it
  • Meetings that don’t start/end on time
  • World events
  • Rejection
  • Major family illness
  • Death in my family
  • Computer problems
  • Medication side effects
  • Family member not returning phone calls
  • Sexual assault/rape in the media
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