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Bat-Slap: Mental Health Week by AtomicTiki Bat-Slap: Mental Health Week by AtomicTiki
One of the dudes I watch is pretty depressed these days and given that this is Mental Health Week I urged him to talk to his doctor about it.

One of the biggest things that I look back on with my own problems with anxiety and depression was that for the most part I was in denial and fought tooth and nail to NOT go see a counselor, but you know what? When I finally manned up about it and got in there it was the best thing I ever did.

My anxiety was so bad last year I was developing agoraphobia. I would actually feel physically ill going outside, it's like that scene from A Clockwork Orange where Alex is writhing around in agony feeling physically ill. The seeds are mental but the body reacts to it. It was something that had been creeping up on me for a few years but it took getting diagnosed with hypertension to exacerbate, and so the last couple of years have been... hellish?

So anyway, I'm sure most of you are probably cracked for following me anyway, BUT if you feel like something is wrong but you don't know what or if you feel alone and have to fight something yourself you gotta remember to Bat-Slap your problems and seek help.

I mean, even Batman had Robin, right?

P.S. Don't forget, May 7th is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Exllcent one
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Gotta love Babs, just wait until you see the better one I did a little later :)
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good advice. :)
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Thanks! For me seeking help required a good kick in the butt and when I finally went it was like the world changed for me overnight.
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Gekiganfan Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I suffer from mild depression.
I could be solved if only the borg would assimilate me
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Ah but the Borg are so boring, all they do is play MMOs hehe

You know you can always e-mail me or catch me on IM/Skype
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
The wacom tablets are so sensitive...sorry for the double message.
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
No worries! My hand slips all the time and I end up posting nonsense or half-edited text haha
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
:batman: yellow depression symbol--->:slap:

It's strange that there are a million and one things that can go wrong with the body but we have trouble accepting that a brain can face problems. Even after being on meds and seeing the difference...right now I feel like going off them because of their side effects, I think I'm better off without them but when I cut them back I see how bad it used to be.

Congrats for having the courage to seek help. Anxiety sucks. I know people who would get panic attacks out of the blue, like wham! Stinking brains chemicals. Sorry to hear your last couple of years have been hellish.

That is a good metaphor...that Batman had Robin...although my doctor would not appreciate me asking her to wear the mask and cape. heehehe.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
:batman: yellow depression symbol--->:slap:

It's strange that there are a million and one things that can go wrong with the body but we have trouble accepting that a brain can face problems. Even after being on meds and seeing the difference...right now I feel like going off them because of their side effects, I think I'm better off without them but when I cut them back I see how bad it used to be.

Congrats for having the courage to seek help. Anxiety sucks. I know people who would get panic attacks out of the blue, like wham! Stinking brains chemicals. Sorry to hear your last couple of years have been hellish.

That is a good metaphor...that Batman had Robin...although my doctor would not appreciate me asking her to wear the mask and cape. heehehe.
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Yes! Exactly! I have to say that I was in denial in a big way, I thought "my brain is fine, it must be something physical". But that's just where I understood so little of my brain and what powers it truly wields.

Of the many things I've learnt over the last couple years is that admitting there was a problem and seeking help was the hardest damn thing I've had to do in my life.

Looking back I feel so much stronger and more aware of myself, moreso than ever before. It's like being given a whole new life.

It's odd though, I see it expressed in my artwork, this year there are a lot more pictures with similing faces, co-incidence maybe?
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I wish help was more useful. I'm thinking of cutting back on meds because of the side effects (mainly this killer fatigue) but the doctor insists I'll land in the hospital...I'm going to have problems either way if I keep eating sweets to try and stay awake (I've tried dieting and ended up losing and than gaining it all back plus more). I was point something away from diabetes on one test...then the next test was better, not so close to the danger mark.
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
That's a rough spot to be in :(

I have to lose some serious weight but it's really hard trying to do it on my own. If I could lose 90 lbs I'd be in much better shape and likely would not have to take the blood pressure medication...
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I'm going to try going for walks but it is hard to get doing things. Gyms are boring and other activities usually give the worst hours to adults while kids get the best hours. I don't live in as busy an area as before xmas. It should be safer to walk, and less smokers to get trapped between.

Sorry to hear your have to take blood pressure meds.
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
It's hard to get out to the gym or even go for a walk when it's so easy to... umm... not do...

Yeah, got my inheritance early I guess... wooooooooo ooo ooh :( *cough*
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
From what I've read managing diabetes takes tons of work; it's a living hell. I want to drop 60lbs. From what I've read I don't want to be forced into all that special cooking and those injections (I just couldn't get energy for that but walking is reasonable) and then there are complications like amputations.

*slaps inheritance (unless it's in dollars and not disease)*
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Yeah, pretty much, you have to watch your intake all the time and all that crap...

I used to work with a guy who had to give himself needles three times a day :(

Now that sucked!
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rcat Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Yay free comic day!

(Our local guy does it, but with provisos on what else you buy with it...)
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
B'oh! Well that's not right, should be freeeeeeeeeee!

:D
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rcat Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Well he's in favour of free, but with limits - 2 to start with, plus more depending how much you buy. (It's a smalltown Australian comic shop, there's only so much they can store and give away. He does put a random mix of old backissues out too, so I can't complain too much...)
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Ohh, I see what you mean, yeah most places just give out one or two titles but you don't have to buy anything if you don't want.

I know one place that gives out grab bags of old crap from the 80s/90s haha, sometimes you get something good there :D
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rcat Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Sometimes... and sometimes you get all Ben Reilly...
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Hahahaha I guess :D
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rcat Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Hmm...
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rcat Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
And then you go "oh that's right, it was a cool design. But noone cared anyway..."
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
ROFL man, even thinking about Carnage takes me back to the 90s and all the crappy comics therein...
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rcat Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
It's also a good way to clear out a few extra back issues from the past year.
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
True!
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rcat Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Yep.
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theEyZmaster Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
If only I had "free comic book day" over here...
sigh... *buys old FCBD comic on ebay not for free..*
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Really? I thought it was a global thing :(
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theEyZmaster Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nope, just the States and Canada! :(
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Well that sucks, there must be some way to make it happen...
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