Firstly, this article (if you can call it that) gives me a chance to add the letter ‘Q’ as a letter-tab in this website, which is good, as I don’t want to write a whole article on Quetiapine.
Secondly, and more importantly, I have wanted to do a fun quiz for a while but originally struggled thinking how to go about it. When you have a mental illness, you do so many self-related forms, evaluations, and questionnaires that your paper trail becomes more significant than *insert a political event here.* The forests of documentation on how much you sweat, sleep, and concentrate do help with examining progress or setbacks, but boy can they get tedious and dreary after a while. So time for another one! You should be used to them by now. Some questions you may relate to, some you may not.
QUIZ OF STUFF – MULTIPLE ANSWERS MAY BE CORRECT. OR NONE OF THEM.
1) You notice that Klinkina Goobies, a friend of yours, seems to be doing much better than you. She seems to be super happy, popular, and successful. It’s making you feel bad because you doubt you will get what she has. How can you not feel bad?
a) Remember that you are only seeing a segment of her life, a selection of her at her best. Everyone has boring days where they do nothing, fart a bit, and attempt to clean a dirty house.
b) You haven’t been dealt the same cards in life as she has. If you have a mental illness and she doesn’t, you are most likely at a disadvantage. Things may take longer, cost more effort, be more difficult, and it’s important to forgive yourself for that.
c) What sort of a name is Klinkina Goobies?!
d) Comparing yourself to others will not help. Focus on what you have achieved and enjoy. If you honestly feel like you haven’t achieved anything, remember that you have made it this far already.
2) You feel like you are never ever going to get better and truly believe that the mental illness will always be stronger than you. What should you do?
a) During the more difficult periods of your life, it’s so much easier to resign yourself to ideations of failure. You can’t control the long term. Since you’re miserable in the short term, may as well take care of yourself now.
b) Challenge your mental illness to a duel by taking off your glove and throwing it on the ground.
c) Know that it isn’t. Know that you are so much more than it. The horrible feelings and compulsions say nothing about your capabilities or merits. (You’ll still feel like utter crap though, don’t get me wrong.)
d) Were you thinking of another, darker option that is not mentioned above? Trust me, it isn’t one. Drop everything and get as much help as you can, NOW.
3) It’s really hard to stay focussed and keep on track when the world is giving you the opposite message. What do you do?
a) Distance yourself from both friends and media who promote rubbish such as dieting and unnecessary weight-loss, who satanify of sugar and flour, encourage fat-hatred, gym-obsessions, calorie tracking, zucchini ‘pasta,’ and guilt surrounding certain food-groups, who think that you should replace every icecream with a frozen brick of kale, etc.
b) Distance yourself from both friends and media who promote rubbish such as the idea of mental illness being selfish, attention-seeking, made-up, and that it can be cured by yoga/raw almonds/jogging/positive thinking.
c) Distance yourself from both friends and media who promote any rubbish that upsets you that isn’t mentioned above.
d) Turn into a train and build a train track for yourself. Ignore the peasants and only let the people you like into your carriages.
4) You meet someone who has completely recovered and is leading a fulfilling and happy life. You feel like that will never happen to you. What is good to take note of?
a) You are not the exception to the rule. You are as bullet-proof as you are the worst person in the world. (That is, you aren’t.)
b) People recover differently and at varying rates, just like children learning at school. Some eating disorder victims, for instance, need five years to recover from an eating disorder, others need ten years. It’s not a sign to give up, it’s a sign to be patient and persevere.
c) The weather and rain forecast.
d) What makes you so sure that you will never recover? If you know what exactly will happen in the future, buy a few lottery tickets and change the world.
5) Which metaphor best describes what having a mental illness is like?
a) Having two weeks where I consume 500 cans of energy drink, 300g of coffee beans, and have injected myself with steroids. Then two weeks where I get forced to helplessly watch everyone I love be tortured to death.
b) Being in a dark, underwater cave, struggling to breathe and stay warm, with everyone telling me that it’s great out here in the warm sunshine. There is also seaweed everywhere.
c) An abusive partner who bullies me and stops me from doing the things I love.
d) The sky is purple and the clouds are black and the trees are turning to dust… but everything’s fine, no really, it’s fine.
6) Is there a positive side to having a mental illness?
a) It gives you a (dangerous) crash course in fields that may include chemistry, nutrition, finance, mathematics, humanities, politics, and debating. You also get extremely good at condensing information when summarising your medical history.
b) If you die, not really. Plus, treatment is expensive and time-consuming.
c) You do meet some amazing people, who are truly strong, supportive, patient and kind. But you also meet some really horrible people who just make things even worse.
d) When you work on recovery, you become an expert in identifying thoughts and emotions. You are able to adjust brain synapses, increase your maturity and mindfulness. You learn who true friends are, appreciate freedom much more, and value positive emotions to an extent that others can’t.
7) This is not really a quiz any more. I should stop now.
a) Indeed. I have stumbled across this site and have no clue what is going on.
b) Please go back to writing normal blog posts.
Take care everyone, feel free to share and comment. :o)