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Have you ever heard someone say something and it keeps replaying in your head for hours or days later?

I heard someone speaking about an event that she is planning.  In her enthusiasm, she said “We check everyone out.  We don’t have anyone on crazy meds.”

W  o  w.

I get it.  There are some people who have issues beyond an administrator’s skills and it is important to keep everyone safe.

However, who determines which drugs are on the “acceptable” list?  Are all mental disorders considered “crazy” or only the presumed “simple” ones (as if) like anxiety and panic attacks?  Does a past history, kept functional and positive with continued treatment, count against a participant?

Perhaps it hit too close to home or this person has never had any kind of mental health issue impact them in any way.  But, for those 400 million plus worldwide who have, compliance, commitment, and courage are critical to recovery and healing.

When we continue to add labels of shame and stigma, people continue to fight alone.  They would rather stop taking their pills than ask for help.  If you have heard anyone crashing into mania and psychosis, you know that the first question is “Are you taking your meds?”

There is no magic pill and it takes a lot of trial and error to find a combination that an individual can live with and lots of advocacy and self-awareness.  Monitoring moods and triggers is a way of life.

Mental health disorders are caused by numerous factors including genetics, drug reactions, pregnancy, situational events, brain disorders, major illness, hormones and  numerous other tragedies.  People don’t gain attention because of their mental illness; They withdraw even further into fear and vulnerability.

Words have power and how we use them determines who we can support and encourage or who we will lose along the way.

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When Sir Isaac Newton died, he was humble. He said, “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” **

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If I had to share my last words on a blog, I would still continue to search for meaning and remain a life long learner. There would be less of my words but more of everyone else’s perspective. I would want to comfort others and express empathy by a touch, a smile, eye contact, a tilt of the head, or a laugh. Empathy allows us to use multiple methods of communication and expression with all of our senses, intuition, and feelings.

The spirit of caring, and energy of compassion, is a kindness that transcends words. No act of kindness is too small; no recognition and appreciation for it undeserved.

Life is a continual purpose of awareness and seeking out the meaning and depth beyond the superficiality of words. A look, a promise, a vow are lifelong pursuits that outlive the futile attempt to put our deepest thoughts and grandest intentions into words.

I would thank those who have read my blog and allowed me to share my thoughts. I have been, and continue to be, so appreciative of the comments and heartfelt thoughts and responses shared with me. Finding other like-minded people in a very large world is a treasure. I would remain an idealist and hope to find other means of expression.

Speak while you can but be sure to find ways to listen to others’ words, and therein, create relationships and memories that last with them. They can be the storytellers when we cease to speak for ourselves.

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** Note: the source for most of these is the fantastic reference book Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History by William B. Brahms.

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