Today is the first of three year-in-reviews that I’m going to be doing. Today’s post reflects on my mental health journey over the last year. Monday’s post will be a look back at the Medication Monday series. Finally, Tuesday will be a year-in-review of the blog as a whole.
So how was my mental health this year? I’d say it was a mixed bag. While I still have depressive episodes, they are less frequent than before and usually less severe. This is likely a combination of medication and therapy. As for my anxiety, it seems worse, but in the never-ending arms race I seem to be having with my mental illnesses, I’ve also developed more tools for managing the illness.
I started taking medication for my mental illnesses, something I’d previously resisted. And while some of the side effects and other aspects of being on meds aren’t awesome, the overall impact seems positive. In 2020 I hope to get a psychopharmacologist to help me set up an even better medication plan.
And thanks to the discovery of mental health apps like Daylio, I can also keep better track of my mental health care roller coaster. This is exciting to me for two reasons. First, I’m kind of a nerd and like having data that I can look at. And secondly, it allows me to refine my management strategies to better fit my illness.
There is still a ways to go, and 2020 will undoubtedly have challenges for me when it comes to my mental health, but I feel more prepared to meet those challenges thanks to the successes I had in 2019. And I wish the same for you.
And as always, thanks for reading.