A Post About A Lot of Things

Hello everyone!
My apologies for being away for so long. As I mentioned in my last post the move has been incredibly stressful. I’ve also been attempting to find a well paying job or any job at all really with limit resources. The good news is that both of these stressful situations are on their way to being resolved. We are slowly unpacking our house, day by day, and *fingers crossed* I might soon have a job as a sales representative for a company that represents a Canadian nail polish company, a line of spa products, and a line of shampoos, conditioners, and hair colours. I have also been working hard to get my cookie business up and running in my newly adopted town.

I was linked to a hilarious blog post on how NOT to make rainbow cupcakes recently which reminded me of the rainbow cake I made for my cousin’s birthday a few years back. Pictures of which can be seen at the top of this post along with the Sparkling Strawberry Cupcakes that I made last week.
How NOT to make Rainbow Cupcakes Link: www.bloglovin.com

I also did some reading this week on Depression as a mental condition, the different classifications of Depression, and treatment methods. I learned through my brief research that more of my family members than I realized suffer some kind of mental ailment. What I found most curious, however, was how one pamphlet I read described the various treatment methods.

The pamphlet outlined the different kinds of medications that are typically prescribed for various forms of depression and their side effects, but gave no mention to how these medications actually effect you. Now I myself have never taken medication for a mental condition because I was able to deal, and continue to deal, with my depression and anxiety issues through therapy and psychological counselling, but I know people who have.

Many of the people I know who have describe a similar experience. They say that while they no longer experience the extreme highs and lows they felt before, after taking the medication they no longer feel anything at all. They say that most medications flatten you completely which is why many people go off them. I’m not saying that people who are suffering shouldn’t try medication as an option or that all medications are ineffective. I have family members for whom medication is the worst possible choice and family members for whom medication is the best possible choice. What I’m saying is that there needs to be better awareness about what these medications actually do and how they make those with mental conditions feel.

Some of the literature also discussed Electroconvulsive Therapy as treatment option which scared the beegeesus out of me. The fact that shocking people who are sick with electric currents is considered an acceptable treatment for quote, “those who do not respond to medications” is terrifying. That being said, it is possible there is a benefit that I am not seeing and if any of you have a more informed opinion on this and other matters concerning mental health I would love to hear it. The more we talk about this stuff the better.

Love,
The Mischief Mistress

Links:
The bakery that I am a part of: www.cookiecrumbsent.com
The nail polish I will hopefully be selling shortly: http://www.cheekymonkeycosmetics.com/

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