Mental health and disability!


Hey everybody. Happy Thursday. And when it’s Thursday that
means I’m on twitter. So if you haven’t found me on
twitter, it’s just @katimorton So tweet me there anything
that you’re doing. Any great inspirational stories. Pretty much anything that’s
going on with you. And so I have already been on
and I have three questions. As well as a journal topic. So thanks Sara for that. And they are all over the place. I tried to get a variety of questions today
that touch on a bunch of different things. So hopefully you find it helpful. And if you like it, give it a thumbs
up and let me know. Okay first question is. ‘How do you know when
your mental illnesses,’ ‘Are serious enough to think
about filing for disability?’ Now we haven’t talked about
disability before. And so I thought that was a really
cool thing to begin talking about. Now it’s not my specialty. I don’t fill out paperwork for my clients. Or work with people who are
on disability necessarily. But many of my clients are already
on disability when they come to see me. Now the, when I worked in the inpatient, I did a lot more work with this. And we would talk about getting
patients on to disability. And the main factor is that
if your mental illnesses, Are making it impossible for
you to get or keep a job. Then you should file for disability. Because that’s the thing that ends
up putting us kind of in jeopardy, right. If we’re really struggling,
lets say with depression. It’s horribly, horribly hard
to get out of bed. And we keep, or we are late to work a lot. We miss days a lot. And we lose our job. We get fired because
we’re not consistent. And we’re not showing up
when we are supposed to. Because we mentally just can’t. We just can’t deal with it. So that’s when you begin the
process of filing for disability. Because when we lose our jobs, Then we may lose our home. And we may lose, you know, the
ability to care for ourselves. And that’s what disability is there for. When we are unable to care
for ourselves financially, And we will be pretty much
out on the street. Then disability is there to help us along the
way so that we can get the support we need. You know, get the treatment that we need. And have the money to help us
keep the roof over our head, And you know, pay for
food and stuff like that. Okay. So if it’s stopping you from
keeping or getting a job. Or going to school. Or doing anything really. Then I would start looking in to it. And get the paperwork. I think you can do a lot of it online. But there are also places that you
can look up in your area, Where you can go to a government facility
and pick up paperwork and fill it out there. Okay. And then they assess from there. Sometimes they will ask you for
letters from different clinicians. Or proof of income. Or any kind of number of things. So just be prepared for that. But once you have it, It’s pretty much a check that
comes every month. And I think you have to
continue to prove it, I don’t know if it’s every year
or every six months. For any of you out there who are on
disability and know more details about it, Because I only know the
starting process of it. I don’t know what my clients have
to do in the meantime. Like how often they have to apply for or
continue to prove that they need disability. So if you have any more information,
let us know below okay. And I will look into this more. If you want more information about this. Let me know below. And I can research some more. And put out a Monday video about it. Okay. Question number two, ‘Hey Kati, I was wondering if it’s
common to binge after therapy sessions.’ ‘I have been going regularly
for over a year.’ ‘And I find myself binging as soon
as I get home almost every week.’ ‘Will this eventually stop? Should
I bring it up to my therapist?’ ‘Thanks. And I love your videos.’ It is very common. And the interesting thing about it. Well, not even the interesting, The reason that we struggle with binging. I have clients who wont even
necessarily binge after therapy. But they will, like, feel really wiped
out and they will want to self harm. Their urges will get worse. I have clients who struggle
with exercise addiction. And they will want to work out. Now the reason that it gets so
bad right after therapy. Is because we stir all of that stuff. We’re talking about things
that are really difficult. We are trying to process through the reasons
that we use that coping skill in the first place. And so for a while, We can feel the urge to use that coping
skill immediately following therapy. Now I would definitely bring it
up with your therapist. And there may be something
that you can do together. Like many of clients who
struggle with stuff like this, We’ll stop session a little bit earlier. And we will use the last,
lets say ten minutes, To kind of debrief. Calm down. Talk about what tools we are
going to use this week. And kind of lighten up the mood. So that when they leave,
they feel in a better place, Than if we you know talked about all
of the nitty gritty stuff until it’s like, ‘Okay sorry, our time is up.’ And that can feel really abrupt
and it can make us, you know, All of the things that we are already stirring
in our head haven’t been calmed down. And so we’re going to revert back to that
old coping skill that we have used before to help us. Does that make sense? I hope that helps. And makes sense, is clear. Because it’s been a coping skill that
we have used for a long time. And so when we stir everything up,
that’s what we are going to go back to. So I would talk to your therapist. I would try to make your sessions
end on a different note. Where you feel like you processed,
you have time to calm down. You have tools you are going to use. And then time is up. Okay. Question number three, ‘Does mental illness take away
personal accountability?’ ‘It seems that some people use their illness
as an excuse for their personality flaws.’ ‘And it seems nowadays there is a
diagnosis for ever abnormal trait.’ ‘I also feel like this is a problem with
trying to break the stigma of mental illness.’ ‘How can we live with our illnesses and
stay accountable for our lives,’ ‘And take responsibility for our actions?’ Now I want to talk about this. And I thought this was a
wonderful question. Because some people do do this. And if you are one of these people, Then it’s something that you should
probably work on with your therapist. But people will use mental
illness as a crutch, To explain away things that may
otherwise be in their control. We can have mental illness. We can struggle with
different mental disorders. But we are still accountable,
for our own recovery. For getting our own support. For reaching out. For working on ourselves. There are going to be things
that are really hard for us. And you can’t tell a bipolar
person, you know, ‘You need to control your mania.’ Because that’s not something like
that we can physically do. It’s something I can work on. I could go to my psychiatrist. And make sure I am on my medication. I can make sure I am seeing my therapist. And I am working on my relaxation tips. And I am also working, you know. There are things that we can do to
better help us in the moment. But if we aren’t doing
anything to help ourselves. We’re not reaching out. People are trying to help us, And we are like,
‘No no no no no.’ Then in my mind, and my opinion. We lose the ability to say that things
are shitty because of our mental illness. What’s really shitty is because
we have a mental illness, And we are not getting the
help that’s offered to us. We’re not taking advantage of
the help that’s offered. And we’re not getting out
there and working on it. And that’s where the
accountability still lies. Because we all have our struggles. We all have different things
we are working on. But that’s why we have
this wonderful community. So that you can reach out. That’s why you’re watching this video. If you’re watching this video. Then you’re being accountable. You’re reaching out. You’re seeking help. You’re getting better information. You’re communicating with other
people about issues and struggles. Because we all have struggles. And it makes things a lot harder. And there are going to be some
things that we just can’t change. So no one’s perfect. But the accountability lies in getting
the support that we can, And that’s available to us. And taking advantage of that. So that we can better ourselves. Is that clear? So I think that people do
diagnose a lot of things. And they throw those out like, ‘That’s
the reason that I struggle with this’. But it really could be the reason. And if we don’t know
them well enough, Then it shouldn’t be on
us to pass judgement. If we know them well enough, and
we know they are getting help. Then that’s just something that
they are struggling with. And we have to learn to accept that. Everyone’s at different stages
in recovery, and in life. And the sooner we learn to accept that. The more peaceful and
happy we’ll feel in general. Am I right? Okay, I hope that makes sense. It’s kind of a personal opinion /
philosophical thought about it. But if you have a different opinion,
you’re always open to share it below. And let us know what you think about it. Now journal topic, thanks Sara. It says, ‘Each day is a new life.’ I’m going to say that again. ‘Each day, is a new life.’ ‘Cease it. Live it.’ And it’s by David Guy Powers. It said, ‘For me this means don’t give up
today, there is always tomorrow to succeed.’ ‘Live your life to the fullest doing
what you are passionate about.’ ‘An example, I’m passionate about
drawing. So I draw what I see in my mind.’ ‘I’m also working towards becoming
an elementary school teacher.’ And I thought that was such a great quote. ‘Each DAY is a new LIFE.’ How do you want to live your life today? It’s very powerful. And it also makes it more achievable. Because we’re putting it
in one day at a time. And it can help us stay focused on
what we are working on now. Now where we hope we get to. So, yeah. I hope you like that. I love you all. I will see you tomorrow. Because it’s finally Friday. And I will be on facebook, so ask your
questions there using the #KatiFAQ Bye! Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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