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Old 03-28-15, 10:53 PM   #1
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i am starting to wonder. It's driving people away.
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Can you give an example?
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Old 03-30-15, 01:27 PM   #3
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I don't even think of fun stuff anymore because I think it's frivolous. Like I wanted to read something that wasn't academic and I just am re-reading an book I remember from childhood that I had for free on my kindle from years ago. And food. Every time I eat I think how it's going to affect me, is it healthy, if not then it's not worth eating. When I want to go somewhere I make a " circle list" to get all things I need to do within the circle that I have to travel, to save gas, and time and money. I only want to watch documentaries. I get annoyed at TV and movies, once again, i want to learn something. Everything I do now is to improve myself, and there's no will or desire for anything fun. My husband spent most of the weekend at my ex-friends' house. I don't go there, too much junkfood, and people eating for entertainment. And watching TV. And drinking. All I can see is time I can be fixing my yard, reading another book about health, or watching another cool documentary. I call them ex-friends because I used to go with my husband. Now I don't want to see them, or talk. Actually I don't talk to anyone except my kids( adults) and my husband if he's around. And I can see he's annoyed. I wish I could stop being so practical, but when I try I find myself listing in my head what productive things I could and should be doing, then I get irritable, and jittery and I just want to go back home and start on my projects. Everything I do has to be done right. I can't even watch other people cook. Because in my head I'm like " there's a more efficient way to do that"
I have bipolar. But currently not taking meds, because I was freaking out while taking them recently, so I figure why am I taking them if they aren't stopping me from freaking out?
So this has been gradually building up and getting more noticeable over the last two years. And I just got my CBT book out of archives...but I can't seem to apply it because it doesn't seem to address my issue. I feel like I am watching myself drive everyone away with my behavior and it's out of my control.
Btw...I won't see a psychiatrist again. Huge loss of trust there.
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I can relate to psych workers doing a lousy job so I don't think them much help either.

I can also relate to a level about being practical about things as I can get into arguments with family members too when I tell them to do things in an ordered and efficient way and they want to do it their own way. T.V has lost its appeal to me as well. I actually don't even watch T.V anymore and lately I get a bad feeling every time I eat something and its unhealthy. I haven't been diagnosed with bipolar or any other conditions so I can't level on that factor unfortunately.

From my experience, when/if we subject ourselves to a constant pattern, over time we will even do it in an unconscious way. Like saying that to us it will be second nature while to others it can be annoying.

I think the first step can be to look at yourself and tell yourself that this thing your doing, is something you control, not the other way around. Don't give something power that it doesn't have over you.

Another thing is to gradually start doing things that are not entirely practical. Don't force it and do something that will make you flip out because chances are it will. But take small steps towards a bigger goal.

As for your question. I'm not sure being too practical is a disorder per se, however OCD can be a factor at play here and it would explain a few things.
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Old 03-31-15, 03:03 PM   #5
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thanks :) I'm trying. It feels weird to make a point to find something fun(frivolous) and make time( waste time) to do it. But maybe after a while it won't feel like I'm wasting time, and maybe I will stop listing all the stuff I "should" be doing.
I think I'm gonna set my alarm maybe 30 later. cause I wake up at 4 every morning, because I feel like I have to , but I'm tired and sometimes I fall back asleep after I go downstairs.
break my little pattern :)
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