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Supporting Others. Learning about DBT!

A Note to another Blogger

Hello, my name is Jeannette I’m 31. I’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar 2, Anxiety, BPD and Hardcore Depression. muhahah I know that feeling. Just start thinking about how you can take care of yourself. Do it little by little and things you enjoy. Make a list of things you really actually like doing. I have to take it in baby steps. It’s hard and some days I just can’t get out of bed. and guess what I believe is that it is okay. You are doing just fine. Much love and good vibes in your direction. Please feel free to contact me my email is or find me on Facebook Jeannette N. Whalen. 🙂 Anyone who reads this and is struggling, please send me a message. It’s all about trying to feel better and finding peace within ourselves.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

From: WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on February 21, 2018
DBT was initially designed to treat people with suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder. But it has been adapted for other mental health problems that threaten a person’s safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being.

What’s Unique About Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

The term “dialectical” comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy — acceptance and change — brings better results than either one alone.
A unique aspect of DBT is its focus on acceptance of a patient’s experience as a way for therapists to reassure them — and balance the work needed to change negative behaviors.

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*SHINE* 🏆 Congrats on your failure this week, Jeannette! Check out your intentions?

🏆 Congrats on your failure this week, Jeannette! Nope, not a typo—each misstep helps you level up. Why it’s *good* to celebrate yours.Want to learn more or check your intention?Failure isn’t fun—but it happens to all of us (yup, even really important people). The key isn’t avoiding failure, but learning how to *roll with it.*Today, think of a time you slipped up this week. Start by asking yourself: What would I have done differently if I were to try again? Reflecting on the lesson you learned will prepare you for the future.

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*Shine* Mindfulness

⏰ That toe-tapping-in-line moment? It isn’t a waste of time, Jeannette—it’s a chance for mindfulness. Turn mundane time into me time.

Want to learn more or check your intention?

Boredom isn’t all bad. When we seize slow moments, our best ideas can appear—and research shows we’re more productive in the long run.

Today, embrace the humdrum of your day by intentionally seeking it. Find a moment in your day to sit quietly (Ex. turn off the music in your headphones). Take in everything around you or pay extra attention to your breaths. 😌

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Washington State Peer Counselling Application (leave me a reply of what you think)

Question 1: Briefly describe your current volunteer duties. Include the length of time you have worked in this position.

For one year I have volunteered as a Verified Listener at 7 cups an online organization. I fearlessly dove into controversial conversations with ease, empathy and an overall understanding which goes beyond words. It’s an ability which only surfaces after you, yourself experience the inner struggle of mental health issues. As a Verified Listener I’ve connected with 1,529 members this past year. A Verified Listener means demonstrating an enormous amount of mental health knowledge and listeners must complete mock chats with an experienced Verified Listener. Along with completing 25 one on one chats and passing an Active Listening module.

Question 2: what are your employment goals?

My first goal is to gain employment through Medicaid Behavioral Health Agency as a certified peer counselor. Working in the realm of mental health would be ideal. Being able to make a career from this position would be my end goal. While working in a facility my goals would be to encourage patients to strive for self-determination as well as self-sufficiency while working through recovery.

Question 1: Why are you interested in becoming a Certified Peer Counselor?

In the beginning of my healing journey I was told to create a purpose for myself. I found a passion within helping others with mental health problems. Becoming a peer counselor would allow me to connect with my peers who have just started their journey

Personally, From 2006-2012 I felt as if my psychiatrist wasn’t taking me serious when I explained the severity of my mental illnesses. Which is one reason I’d like to be a peer counselor. I would make sure to listen carefully to my peers. I would take what they tell me seriously. Next I’d reiterate what they said back to them to make sure I’m understanding the seriousness of what they are trying to convey.

Question 2: Have you been in mental health recovery for the past two years?

Ever since middle school I knew I had a major mental Illness. Unfortunately, I felt as if I wasn’t taken seriously by my psychiatrist. Thus I hardly went to therapy. I didn’t understand how therapy helped. I survived my dark bouts of suicidal depression on my own, my obsessive tendencies that ruined more than one high school relationship, or my crippling panic attacks due to being acquainted with two Oregon city girls, (Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond) who were kidnapped, killed and put into barrels over a slab of concrete. It was devastating.

After I graduated high school in 2006, I was diagnosed with Major Depression, Adhd, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and bipolar 2. Up to this point mental health was something I dealt with alone. But my trauma changed that.

September of 2011 I has in an arson house fire where gasoline was poured at my feet. Since January 2012 I’ve been in the process of healing; one trigger at a time. I’m currently on my seventh year of my journey. Up to that point I had successfully dealt with my mental health deep, dark suicidal thoughts, obsessive tendencies and panic attacks without help. But Ptsd pm in a realm all of its own. It is extremely hard to cope with. It’s unlike any of my other mental illnesses. After this trauma induced Ptsd I decided I needed help. I entered into a trauma treatment program that saved my life. I found that focusing primarily on overcoming my Ptsd symptoms I would in fact be also facing my Anxiety and Depression all at the same time.

Question 3: Explain how you used your mental health story to help others?

I was sitting outside off to the side of the Dollar Tree. I have this perfect spot where I can sit and write. As I was pondering what about mental health I’d like to focus on. I guess a good amount of time had passed and the Dollar Tree closed. I just kept writing. When up walks this decent looking guy in his mid thirties. He walked to the dollar tree entrance, but the door was locked. He turns around and walks towards me we start chatting, he then asks if he could sit next to me. I said sure. As we chatted the conversation quickly turned to mental health. I told him I sufferd from Ptsd and Bipolar 2. By using my own experiences I was able to list off symptoms I’ve struggled with. When I finished explaining. He paused with a shocked and an amazed look on his face.

He quickly asked how I knew what he was feeling. I smiled. This is one person who doesn’t feel so alone in their battle.

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It’s normal for me to live in an alternative reality

I seemingly run happily into the arms of toxic relationships. I can be found putting guys on a pedestal. Unknowingly to myself, I felt insecure. Thus I would choose a dominant partner… possibly a narcissists. Leading to my thoughts being smothered by my negative inner choice constantly questioning what I choose to say. This alternate reality, I call home. I’m dropped into this other world when Im unable to cope with the here and now. In this special place boundaries are understood and not crossed. It’s where you feel safe and loved. As I look back on the experiences felt realistic but dreamlike. Strange huh?

I tell myself I posses two classification of superpowers, your laughing. I understand. Possessing the ability to black certain situations out is pretty neat. I have this capability when a degrading situation makes me feel like less of a person or unloved. The situation has to be pretty severe.

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Bipolar 2… no meds day 4

This is the fourth day without my antidepressants medication. My mind does this shocking feeling. It pulsates through my whole head landing on my ears. My ears feel this in and out feeling. It’s as if I feel little twinging feeling.I woke up and my head had an inner pounding. 8 decided I just call the pharmacy and see if I had an extra refill. I was thrilled I had an extra script. Unfortunately, I must wait till tomorrow. But I’m overly exstatic that I will have my meds tomorrow.