In my previous post, I talked about How The NDIS Changed My Life - but in this post I want to specifically address How Clozapine Changed My Life.
Clozapine is "a medication used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders)." ~ Webmd
I have been on this powerful medication, if I remember right, almost over two years now. I have greatly benefited from this medication, in combination with my Abilify monthly injection as well. The combination works for me.
1. I sleep for at least 10 hours each night
This medication has a sedating effect after taking it, I literally have to be in bed half an hour or so after taking clozapine, and I become all drowsy. I have at least 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, and every morning I feel energised to get out of bed after having a sleep of at least 10 hours. As you may know, the sleeping pattern for people with mental illnesses is really important. For some people, this is a lot of sleep, but for me to be in 'working order' - I need this amount of sleep to function.
2. I properly carry out all my ADLs each day
I cook, I clean, I study, and look for employment every day. Clozapine has had a big effect on my mental health - in terms of dealing with my activities of daily living. I try balancing out my work-life balance. I have a reason to get out of bed every day, and I feel motivated to reach my short term and long term goals in life.
3. I become more responsible in my mental health
As I mention earlier, I juggle with a lot of things in everyday life, and I wouldn't be here without the help of this medication, which perfectly chemically balances me. I realise that my counselling appointments are just as important as my social life appointments, psychiatry appointments as well as NDIS meetings with my support workers too.
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