Do you remember from your childhood the nice, shiny marbles of all colors? They were so beautiful, and their glass full of wonderful sparkles turned them into real treasures. Did you ever lose one marble? Can you recall that sadness, that anxiety, that feeling chasing you around, that maybe one day you’ll find your precious marble again?
Well, for some of us, finding our marbles turned into a long and painful journey, spread across many years, or many hospitals, or many drugs.
Scott Davis is one of these children, who found his marbles at the end of a 23 years long journey, and who recently started this blog, Finding Your Marbles – A Mental Health Survival Guide. Scott’s purpose is to offer advice and support to all people out there, who are seeking for information on mental health.
When I began treatment for depression, there were many resources available to help me recover from mental illness. However, I found that there were few resources available to help me learn how to live with mental illness. For example, there was little information available about how to stay organized or plan your time when you suffer from depression. The information that was available was either very condescending, or it required a huge investment of time and energy to get started. This was a major problem for me, since I was trying to hold down a career and keep a marriage together at the same time as I was recovering from depression.
I also found that the therapy and the anti-depressant medication had side effects that were affecting my life, and there was very little information available to help me deal with these side effects. In short, I needed advice on how to get through life, and I needed it fast.
Finding Your Marbles can help you choose a therapist, or how to reward yourself, or even how to survive a party. In case you don’t see why you need to survive a party, think a bit further: think of people suffering from anxiety, as this post is addressed to them. Indeed, they tend to worry about everything, they are afraid that people don’t like them… Here, Scott makes a good point: if you were invited, it’s for sure that at least the host of the party likes you and wants you to be there.
I can emphasize that enough. A party is a chance for a group of people who like each other to get together and have fun. If you were invited, it means that your host likes you, and he or she thinks that the other guests will like you too. So when you go to a party, keep that in mind. The people there will be happy to see you, and your host will be glad you came.
Please don’t get me wrong: even if you are in good health, there are also useful resources for you in Finding Your Marbles, such as learning how to relax using deep breathing techniques, or the ten minute therapy.
If you take my advice and stop by Scott’s blog, don’t forget to move your mouse over the marbles in the header. You’ll be surprised.
Good luck Scott, and may you never lose your marbles again. I invite you to take your rolling blogroll badge and put it on your blog.
This review is part of the Rolling Blogroll project.
Just found your blog and think it’s a great resource particularly from someone who has been there. Depression is in many cases as individual as the people who suffer from it and there is no one “cure all” I believe. So never give up looking for different ways of tackling depression if you have it.
Thank you Steve. I don’t think I have it, but I have friends who do and I know it’s painful.
I was wondering where Scott is now. I am an mental health consumer on a quest to reintegrate into my community as a sustainable citizen. I am looking for other consumers to help me spread the word that “we do recover” and to offer suggestions on what is needed for supported housing. Thanks
Thank you for stopping by. You are doing a great job helping people get rid of their prejudices. Mental health is a very delicate issue and integration is so many times difficult for people who are recovering.
I am already on medication for both BiPolar and anxiety, so I suppose that talk therapy about the causes of my episodes would be helpful, too. thanks..