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Soak it up, Buttercup!

(Originally posted 11th July 2015.)

It can be hard to describe what happens when I’m mentally unwell and the effect of medication.  One of the Crisis Team has given me a very useful analogy which I’d like to share with you.

My mind is like a bowl.  When I become unwell, it starts to fill with water and could overflow if nothing is done about it.  When it overflows my life becomes unmanageable so it’s important to act when I notice the water.  Medication is a sponge which mops up the water.  When I have the right size of sponge (i.e. the right dosage of medication) all the water is mopped up and I can live normally.  Too small a sponge and there’s still water in the bowl so life isn’t normal.  Too big a sponge and it won’t fit in the bowl – I’m sedated and unhappy.

At the moment, the sponge is working fairly well.

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