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Updated 7-28-04 
Most of my life, I based my self-worth on what other people thought of me, or what I thought that they thought of me. I was never happy, always alone, (even when there were people around) and it was hell. Then after years of trying to be the person that I felt everyone else wanted me to be, and always falling "way" short of their expectations, I finally realized that I was really falling short of my own expectations, not their's. I had put myself into a position that even a "SuperWoman" could not live up to! I was trying to be everything everyone else was and that is a very tall order considering that everyone else was NOT me. No matter what I do, I couldn't be like "them" so I told myself that it was useless, and decided that I was going to be "unlike" everyone else. It was an easier job for me to do. I keep telling myself ...... 

1. I am ME, not anyone else, and I am unique, well, maybe a little weird....but I think weird is good. Who wants to be one of the "herd" in life? 

2. It is MUCH easier to live up to my perception of what "a higher being" wants me to be. Now, I am not religious, in fact, I have been having an ongoing argument with "whoever is up there" about what I can handle and what that "whoever" thinks I can handle. But, no matter what anyone else says, it is not a sin to argue....ya argue with family members don't you...and it is personal. 

3. I need to do what I needs to be done in daily living and forget about what other people think. 
4. If people don't like me, Tough! It is their lose, not mine. Life is too short to make life a popularity contest. I don't need them! (That doesn't mean that I don't still sometimes wish that I had more friends) 

5. I must take my Meds. It is my safety net. I still fall, and fall hard sometimes, but my safety net is there to help me bounce back faster (still not fast enough, at times though, but hey, it is just meds, not a cure) 

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The Samaritans:Emotional Support by Email
Places to Contact if You can't Afford Medication
Indigent Prescription Programs
MHCR-Medication Assistance Program
Stress Management
Depression.com
NAMI: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Walkers Web: support for mood disorders
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Mental Wellness: for patients, families and caregivers
Mixed Nuts: support group and chat for people living with mental illness
Suicide Prevention Help
WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan
 First Person: people share experiences relating to mental, emotional, and spiritual health
 Behavior Online: a gathering place for mental health and applied behavioral science professionals and students....Forum where you can participate in discussions or meet in private rooms for chats with experts

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