Asperger Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Pervasive Developmental Disorder) characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests. Those with Asperger Syndrome, or AS, may exhibit a lack of empathy for their peers, clumsiness, and atypical use of language, though none of these symptoms are required for a diagnosis.1
The pain of coming to terms with having Asperger's is still very real for me right now. There is a tremendous sense of grief. Grief for all that I suffered through to try to be "normal" and grief for how short of "normal" I always have been. There is also great relief to know that I am not crazy and that not everything can be traced back to an abusive past in the sense that some of what I experience is not choice/emotional but neurons/physical. The greatest challenge I face right now is trying to figure out which is which. This is not easy.
One of the most common side effects of a number of antidepressant medications is loss of sex drive. I could forgive our friends at fine companies such as Eli Lilly, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Pfizer if dry mouth, irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of appetite, sloth, and social phobia were the sole issues related to the medications I take on a daily basis. However, it is the sex thing I find most challenging.
Anhedonia is the technical term for the inability to experience joy. When people are in the depths of depression, nothing touches them, not the most intensely pleasurable activities, not the most familiar comforts. They are emotionally frozen. In this state, people either have to get professional help or simply wait for weeks or months until the depression lifts by itself; nothing is going to make them feel better.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred.
Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being blue, or feeling low. While the depressed mood is present, evidence is also present which reflects the neurochemical or "brain chemistry" aspects of depression with the depressed individual experiencing poor concentration/attention, loss of energy, accelerated thought/worry, sleep/appetite disturbance, and other physical manifestations. When this diagnosis is present, the individual will exhibit at least five of the following symptoms during the depressive periods:
I now know two people whose brilliance can be attributed to manic depression.
I've met many people within the past year because my circles of life have broadened. I've belonged to five or six dance groups, I've expanded my influence and communication via the internet, I've traveled within my own state a little bit more, and I've held quite a few business meetings. During this time I've met two people who have told me they have manic depression. It so happens they are two of the most out-going, delightful people in all my circles. So I have begun to educate myself on manic depression and my two friends have helped me freely.
I have made a terrific discovery regarding the control of manic depression.
My two friends have become users of Young Living Essential Oils and supplements, and we all three have marvelous things to report! I'm not claiming to be professionally knowledgeable about this subject, but I AM claiming to have observed something remarkable and noteworthy. I want to tell (and I do tell...) everyone I know about it . I want the word to spread.
First a bit of background:
My second friend is none other than my husband, whom I practically idolize. I've gotten to know him pretty well... and I've observed him closely. Believe me, I've made an important discovery regarding the control of manic depression.
My husband, Dave, works in the woods with chainsaws and hand tools and trucks. He must've been superhuman when he was a younger man, because even now, in his mid-fifties, he's brawny. When I was a new bride, I often saw Dave fade away in strength and energy after working hard for two or three hours. His voice would become mumbly and low, practically unintelligible and he would get into a "zone" where he just worked on and on and on, methodically and slowly. After a while, we purchased some Berry Young Juice from Young Living. WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES OF DRINKING ONE OUNCE, DAVE WAS UP AND OUT OF HIS ZONE, UP AND OUT OF HIS MANIC DEPRESSIVE MOOD. That caught our attention...we were amazed!
Then, after being married awhile, we took a trip to see our various children. We drove about 3000 miles round trip and on the return trip, ran out of Berry Young Juice. That was really too bad, but it also proved to be a wonderful lesson: never run out of your Berry Young Juice. By the time we got home, Dave was going down into his zone. He went to bed and could barely get up; in fact, he really didn't get up. He went to his recliner, then later back to bed. He missed several days of work.
Finally I got my head on straight and he openly asked for help... I began using what essential oils I had on hand for him. I put Joy over his heart, Peace and Calming under his nose and on the bottoms of his feet, and Present Time on his head. And then I changed my order for Berry Young Juice from 1 liter/month to 4 liters/month. We hope to never be without it again.
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