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Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient

Posted April 7, 2016 By kmarrs

Looking for a great read?  Look no further!  I finally finished edits on my book and published over the weekend!

You have your choice between a kindle version and a printed version.  Both are super affordable.  Both are a product of my heart.  You can’t lose no matter which you choose!

 

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Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient Paperback $19.99

 
 

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Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient for Kindle $3.99
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Jennifer Scott has been experiencing anxiety and depression since she was a teen. She shares her journey toward improved mental health on her website, SpiritFinder.org. When she isn’t blogging, Jennifer loves to travel, volunteers at her local animal shelter, and rock climbs.

We’re obsessed with tech. The collective obsession with technology is so immersed in our culture that memes circulate the Internet poking fun at families who are enjoying a meal together or spending time in the family room – every member staring at his or her smartphone. The proliferation of technology is often criticized for reducing person-to-person interaction. In spite of this criticism, tech actually holds tremendous promise for people with mental health conditions. Here’s why:

Mobile Apps Offer Mental Health Support and Educationgirl on phone

An April 2015 report from Pew Research reveals that nearly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults own a smartphone. What’s more, “[nineteen percent (19%)] of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them,” making mobile apps an effective means for providing information to a large portion of the population. Among teens, these figures are even higher.

That’s why apps like Ginger.io are proving a viable means for offering support and tools to smartphone users who suffer from mental illness. The app offers users access to licensed therapists through video visits, tools and health tips, personal coaches and care plans, and even medication support by connecting a user’s Ginger.io care team to their physician to share information and determine medication needs. Ginger.io is not alone; Healthline identifies other apps that offer support for various mental illnesses or tools for relaxation, connections to communities of supportive peers, and more.

Even the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Promotes Technology

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) “is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.” The organization’s AIR (Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable) app is a free, mobile-based social network aimed at supporting those with mental illness and their families and caregivers.

AIR encourages anonymous sharing of stories for support and encouragement, providing information, and making connections between those with similar conditions or who have experienced similar struggles.

Mental Health Tracking is Becoming a Reality

We rely on technology to track our heart rate during exercise, the number of steps we take each day, and even our sleep patterns. Why not track mental health, too? While this is a more challenging feat, researchers and data scientists are running myriad studies and analyses to develop effective mental health tracking solutions by identifying linguistic clues that reveal insight into an individual’s mental health.

While apps like Ginger.io are already making use of such technology to some extent, the goal is to ultimately create a highly effective tracking application that would enable providers to proactively treat patients experiencing a change in mental health status with the hope of reducing negative outcomes such as overdoses or suicide. At the very least, it provides mental health providers with additional tools to better manage patient treatment plans, understanding triggers, and pinpointing key changes that indicate a need for medication changes or intervention.

Online Communities Help Eradicate Stigma and Provide Lifelines

You don’t have to be using a smartphone to take advantage of the mental health benefits of technology. Anyone suffering from or caring for a loved one with a mental illness won’t have to look far to find online communities and support groups for people who share similar experiences.

For those who need a bit of optimism, communities like Post It Forward on Tumblr are home to a plethora of uplifting images, inspirational messages, and positive encouragement from others who have suffered from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Love is Louder, “a project of The Jed Foundation created with actress Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone,” is an online and offline initiative with a similar focus.

These resources, in addition to the instant connection to loved ones through family conference calls, text messages, and emails, makes technology a valuable tool in the battle against mental illness. Whether an individual suffering from mental illness is feeling isolated or does not feel like leaving home to socialize, those all-important social connections and critical emotional support is at their fingertips thanks to technology.

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Phish

Posted April 1, 2016 By kmarrs

I would like to apologize, because this is not a real post.  It’s a filler post until I can get real content up.  I have real content in my inbox ready to go, but I’d like to post it on a normal day at a normal time so it’s a tad more planned and not simply thrown up.  This, this is throw up.  And it’s about fish.

So.  I had a 10 gallon planted tank with Betta Davis (a betta fish) and Kenneth Mars (a clown pleco aka an algae eater).  Well… I didn’t do my research.  I listened to the pet store girl who said that the pleco only grows to about 4 inches, and is perfect for a 10 gallon.  Half right.  They only get to be 4 inches, but the amount of waste the produce is insane.  You need a 20 gallon for them, bare minimum.

So.

I took my first paycheck from this new job and I met my obligations, then I took the rest to the pet store and bought a 20 gallon tank for Kenneth.  I’d already ordered more plants I was going to house in the 10 gallon, but I’ll put them in the 20 instead.  I can buy more plants for both later.

My next mission, next payday, is to buy a dozen small fish to live in the 20.  I’ll want to leave Betta Davis alone, but as Kenneth basically lives under his drift wood, you’d think the tank was empty if I didn’t put something in there.  I’m thinking a dozen neon tetras.  Alternatively I’ll do a half-dozen each of neon tetras and zebra danios.  We’ll see.  None of them are overly expensive.  So it comes down to whether I want 2 small schools or 1 large one.  I think my daughter would like the variety of 2 different schools more.  So I might go with that.

Technically in a planted tank the plants are supposed to be the focal point and the fish are just, well, there.  That’s why I’m going with a dozen cheap instead of a couple of fancy, expensive ones.  But we’ll see.  Once I’m in the store who knows what will happen.

Ironically this all just started with a plan for a single fish, Betta Davis, with Kenneth being thrown in to keep the algae down.  Now according to my research, once my tank(s) find its balance, the plants themselves will keep the algae down because they’ll pull all the nutrients.  Go figure.

And thus, this project will go from 1 fish, to 2 fish, to 14 fish.

But at least my heart is super happy, even if my husband is less than thrilled.

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One of Hers

Posted March 16, 2016 By kmarrs

I work in an office building with a few dozen professors and a dean.  Only two of these people have anything to do with math.  I’m surrounded by different department heads and it makes for an interesting atmosphere.  It’s been established, in fact, that life in that office in no way represents real life.  Also, yes your professor may be brilliant in their field, but that doesn’t always translate to other things.

Case in point:

I was asked today to do some research on how I could make a poster in PowerPoint. *blink blink*
A 5 minute conversation later I did confirm it doesn’t actually have to be made in PowerPoint, she’s going to print it anyway, and why yes I can build it for her on my laptop that has Photoshop.
The woman is brilliant in math but lord help me she’s lucky she has me for the rest.

So anyway.

I’m surrounded by many professors for many fields of study.  And quite a few of these professors are jealous of my boss because she has me, and no one else really has a me.  (They could apply for a me, but apparently they never really considered that option.)

So the other day my boss, Dr. L, went to a meeting and in this meeting another professor made a silly/snide comment about how she has a work-study and no one else does.  She let it go, and the meeting continued.

A few days later they were in a conversation, the two of them, when she reflected back on what he said.

“Wait a minute.  Wait a minute!  We’ll get back to the topic on hand but I need to crush you first.  Not only do I have a work-study, but she’s one of yours!”

“… One of mine?…”

“Yes, one of yours.”

“Applied Psychology?”

“Yep!”

“But… But… Mine don’t usually even like math!”

“Well this one does!”

“She could be doing research!”

“You’re right, and she might!” (Implying I might be doing research in the field of mathematics.)

“That’s not even fair!”

Bwahahahaha

*cough*

Ha!

I love my job.  I love my boss.  And then I finish my BSs (plural) and continue on to my MS, I might switch and work for the Applied Psychology guy.

But for now, I’m content making posters (not in PowerPoint though) for Dr. L.

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Chicken Butt

Posted March 8, 2016 By kmarrs

Today I am getting a colonoscopy.  In fact, by the time you read this, I’ll be done with the procedure and will be taking a nap.

They are checking me for colon cancer.  I probably don’t have colon cancer, but I could have colon cancer, so they are checking.  You probably don’t have colon cancer, but you could have colon cancer, so you should check.

Typically you have to be a few decades older than I am, before they really start the screenings.  But, I have a family history and my family history starts young, so at the ripe age of 32, I’m being checked.

Go team me!

Be proactive about your health, people.  It’s not just about mental health.  I mean with us, we’re all getting ourselves mental help, or should be anyway, but sometimes we get sidetracked from the physical crap.

But you are only as healthy as the full package.  You aren’t just a brain.  You are a body too, so you have to keep that body healthy.

So today I’m getting a colonoscopy.  I’m not saying you should to, unless you are of an age, and then I am saying you should too.  What I am for sure saying is, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a regular doctor, you should schedule a physical.  There is hopefully nothing wrong with you, but if anything is off they can diagnose it before it becomes a problem.

And if you know something is off, then you know you need to go, so go!

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New Job

Posted March 5, 2016 By kmarrs

God I’m tired.

I love my job.  I love working for the university.  I love working in the math department.  I love my bosses.  I love everything about it.

It is exhausting.  I mean the work itself isn’t.  I’m just having to spend more energy in general than I have in a long while, so I’m tired by the time I get home.  Half the time I come home and nap, before waking up and working on homework.

Homework.  Ugh.  It isn’t like the number of assignments lessens based on the amount of job work I do.  I will say this though, having the university library right across the street from my office is useful.  I have not done it yet, but once I find my rhythm and I’m no longer in as great of need of an after work nap, I fully intend to stay at the library a couple of days a week to get coursework done.

Once I’m in face to face classes I’ll be staying behind at the school anyway to go to class after work.  I work Monday-Thursday 9-3, for the most part.  Balancing the schedule of 2 adults, and 3 kids will bring some variance to that, but that is the general schedule.

I took pity on myself and dropped one of my classes this term.  I had it so I was taking to courses at once for the last 6 weeks of the term.  But until I find my rhythm and balance of work/family/school, I need to not take more than one at a time.  Usually it isn’t really an issue anyway.  The only reason I was going to be doubling up was because I took an extra 6 weeks off at the beginning of this term.  Needed it.  Don’t regret it.  I just won’t be going to school full-time this term.  And that’s fine.

My psychiatrist isn’t leery about me working to begin with.  I’m sort of healthy enough for it, but I tend to jump into the deep end thinking I can float no problem, and then end up starting to sink.  I think only taking 1 class at a time will get her to stop worrying some.

Alrighty.  Time to stop procrastinating this econ paper that refuses to write itself.  I’ll check in next Tuesday, maybe.

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