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Valash

Atlanta, Georgia
I enjoy playing online scrabble, blogging, and volunteering. I plan to study business and marketing in college and to get my degree within the next couple of years. I have schizophrenia, however, I do not let it hinder my goals. I am interested in mental illness awareness, and more specifically,... Full Bio
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My Enemy- Depression Or My Responsibilities? by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia How often do you confuse your mental health deterioration and physical ailments for your mental illness, opposed to the burdens that you put on yourself with an active li ... Read on »
My Medication Schedule by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Recently, I've had to revise my medication schedule. For the last two months I've had problems staying asleep, and I've been talking to my mental health doctor under mon ... Read on »
The Outcome of My Wellness Challenge by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia For National Recovery Month I created a personal self-care plan to enhance my recovery, I labeled it my "Optimal Wellness Challenge." My goal was to take my meds each mor ... Read on »
Invisible Challenges: Self-Care by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Me- On A "Good Day" When's the last time you managed your self-care, well?- Today? Yesterday?- Or has it been that long? As a mother, employee, and ... Read on »
The "Optimal Wellness Challenge" by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Calling All Peers- Are YOU up for the OPTIMAL WELLNESS CHALLENGE?! I am challenging US to practice a couple of coping tools consistently for National Recovery Month, t ... Read on »
"Year of the Peer" Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Conference by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia A couple of weeks ago I visited St. Simon's Island, Georgia to attend the annual Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Inc. (GMHCN) conference. The theme of this yea ... Read on »
Five Ways To Gain Relief And To Cope With Voices by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Today my co-workers and I offered support to our peer who was struggling with discouraging voices. She looked extremely overwhelmed and stressed. This was not the first tim ... Read on »
Finding Ways To Help Myself Cope With Daily Stresses by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Lately, I've been under a lot of stress with work, volunteering, family life, and promoting my book. My mental illness seems to enable me to do what I want and need to do, ... Read on »
My NAMI Georgia Book Signing by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Lately, I've been under a lot of stress with work, volunteering, family life, and promoting my book. My mental illness seems to enable me to do what I want and need to do, ... Read on »
My Blog Book is Here! by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My first book is here! My blog book, What's on My Mind? A Collection of Blog Entries from "Overcoming Schizophrenia," is my first book and is not my last! My book sha ... Read on »
It's Almost Here-- My First Blog Book What's on My Mind? by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I will publish my blog book, What's on My Mind? at the end of this week. You are in for a treat- its a collection of my blog entries from "Overcoming Schizophrenia"- its in ... Read on »
Convenience vs. Crisis-- My Battle to Stay Compliant by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Avoiding a crisis with the aid of medication or any form of treatment should always take precedence over convenience. I missed a couple of days of medication. I did not for ... Read on »
Hope for the New Average by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Despite the many deaths cancer takes each year, hope for recovery continues to play a role in the ongoing treatment and attitude of its victims and survivors. In fact, I ha ... Read on »
Finding Balance by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Coping with stress is easier said than done. I think stress puts pressure on my illness, which increases chances of my symptoms to flare up. Because I think stress is a tri ... Read on »
Don't Overlook My Peers by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Philippians 2:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV) 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himse ... Read on »
Ashley's First Blog Book... by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Greetings everyone, and Happy New Year! I've missed blogging and corresponding with you regularly, because I've been busy writing my first blog book, What's On My Mind?: A ... Read on »
Decisions: Preference vs. Convenience by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Recently, I called the mental health center to reschedule my appointment with my psychiatric doctor whom I've been receiving services from for three years, and to my surpri ... Read on »
My Antidepressant Decision and Update by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I decided not to go off my antidepressants. A little while ago I posted a blog entry about my idea to stop taking my antidepressants with my doctor's approval. I said I wou ... Read on »
Celebrating Mental Illness Awareness in October by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The month of October honors people living with mental illness in diverse ways... In fact, in 1945 the United States government made the first week of October, "Nation ... Read on »
Time to Stop Meds? by Valash Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I take one anti-psychotic for my schizophrenia, one anti-depressant, and another med to counteract the side effects. I understand that my medication for schizophrenia is a ... Read on »