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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The American Recall Center - Talk About Your Medicines Month with Ann Garvey


I/we have gladly agreed to do a blog post for Judy Cohen, Outreach Coordinator for the American Recall Center for “Talk about Your Medicines” Month.   The American Recall Center will also be participating in posting a blog entry talking about Medicines.  They will be discussing the drug Xarelto which among other things prevents heart attacks and strokes.  Unfortunately, the drug Xarelto has also been linked to cause internal bleeding.  The American Recall Center can be found at recallcenter.com.

As to our own entry, I have to admit, I don’t usually talk about medicine because the combination of medicines one might take is very unique for each individual and their various conditions of body and mind health and wellness.  But, I earnestly believe in transparency; in making our shared worlds better understood with the promise of higher social and intellectual engagement.

As to an introduction to me/us, we’re originally from Minnesota, but have lived in the Chicago area for about 34 years. We have been in a steady relationship with our boyfriend for twenty years, and we have three adult sons and as of October 12, 2014, we now have four grandchildren.  *Big Smile!!!*  We have a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University of MN and we’ve worked toward our Masters from two online Universities in both Educational Psychology and Adult Education specializing in e-learning, technology and design.  We’ve written a published book, “Ann’s Multiple World of Personality: Regular No Cream or Sugar,” (2010) and we have continued to write at least one blog for a life-span of 11 years. 

After completing our degree in psychology, we worked for twelve years in the field of Adult Intellectual Disabilities doing direct client moderating, programming, staff training, groups, and specializing in adult day-training accreditation.  Over the last three years, we have been on disability and have a service dog to help especially with anxiety.  For a hobby, we quilt and practice our “domestic Goddess” skills.  The household domestic skill-building keeps us grounded while satisfying our partner who still asks, “What do you do?!” 

In an effort to qualify our work and self-worth in doing the work, we'll update you on our created project that has developed over the last two years.  We've  been working on several social networking “news" networks concerning Multiples (Dissociative Identity Disorder - DID).  “The Multiplicity Project,” is in part the work that involves our mind map process.  The actual system of building a “mind map” is hosted by an online software company called, “The Brain.”  Click on the image below images for several pages out of thousands.




Our “Multiples’ mind map” is an attempt to curate relevant, ongoing and contemporary online searches of peoples' perspectives and views concerning the subject of Multiplicity.  The Brain software, in general, offers people a way to “organize and find everything the way 'you' think.” Our mind map in particular, assists first in ordering how our system “as being a Multiple” works.  Our current mind map offers an expanded view of how we work with our personal and professional actions and projects, responsibilities, goals, vision, values, and Life Learning/Sharing practices.  This method has developed from a sketch of David Allen’s work (2011).  He wrote, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”  

Secondarily, we utilize a very valuable book to the project.  Paul Dell and John O’Neil contribute to and edit a book called, “Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders:  DSM-V and Beyond (2009).”  We are at the beginning stages of trying to comprehend the work, but it includes a collection 46 chapters by 65 of the world's leading experts in the field of Multiplicity.  It is more orientated from the perspective of the medical community, but it is a gem in that it provides an all-around analysis of what has been compiled in the professional field.  It is a goal that we will one day be able to tie together the experiences of real Multiples with the knowledge bank of studied professionals to better understand the dynamics of Multiplicity in a more holistic and integrative manner and as a contribution to the Multiple community.

Next, in the area of life prioritizing, the Multiple Project helps to drill down into other Multiples' experiences, or the experience of people who know or think they know about what Multiplicity is or means and this is the content that becomes (in light of Multiplicity) our current and especially online human-social condition.  We include definitions that occur within the field, make connections to Multiples who blog or Twitter, and trace thoughts of people affected by Multiplicity within mainstream culture, daily living, psychology, regulated practices, social interactions and other worldly domains. 

Lastly, the Multiple Project helps people understand the Multiples’ perspective in trying to understand better their own dissociation, individuation, integration, along with learning from their behaviors, thoughts and feelings. 

The interactive Multiples' mind map is at its primary stage, but can be found at http://newsdidmpd.blogspot.com/.  We are also a member of an online Multiples’ group, “Plural Activism” and utilize a plethora of information collected over a decade from a leader in the Multiple community by the name “Astraea” who hosts a web site for Multiples and others interested in Multiplicity.  Our regular blog site links to our collective social networks being used to collect Multiple "news" and can be found at http://annsmultipleworldofpersonality.blogspot.com/

Given all of the above “tidbits” into our being, we have several diagnosis or conditions that affect the way we work, why we work, and how we work which gets us back to the subject at hand, the medicines that we take that support our life-giving. 

Firstly, we have dissociative identity (DID), severe depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and tendencies involving anxiety and obsessiveness.  We have had the same psychiatrist prescribing psychiatric medicine for fifteen years, Dr. Robert Marvin, from University of Illinois – Chicago.  The medicines we are taking have been very stable and fine-tuned over time.  There is one caveat in that there is no medicine known to treat DID though there are medications that help some of the parts’ symptoms especially in calming and in helping us process more steadily and function more routinely. 

Secondly, in addition to mental illness, we have the physical conditions of degenerative arthritis in our back, stenosis and several disk problems making mobility very difficult.  We have diabetes 2, tendency toward ulcers, hypothyroidism and neuropathy, in part because we are morbidly obese.  We’ve been through gastric bypass surgery though we remain, as a whole, generously overweight.  We are seen for our medical conditions over the twelve years by Dr. Maria Albright, Family Medicine also from the University of Illinois – Chicago.

The following is a list of medicines we take other than over-the-counter arthritis pain medication and Vitamins B12, D, Calcium and a Multi-vitamin for women over 50.     

·         Risperdone
·         Bupropion
·         Escitalopram
·         Buspirone
·         Methylphenidate
·         Metformin
·         Glyburide
·         Pataoprazole
·         Levothyroxine

In general, people in Multiple circles can sometimes be very contentious as to taking psychiatric medicine as well as seeing therapists or being followed-up with therapy.  The people who are against medical models of medicine state that they don’t want to be controlled by substances or “professionals,” and see medicinal intervention as a personal threat to their freedoms, especially mental acuity.  In a sense, they don’t want to be “tamed to feel docile and imprisoned within themselves” much like the “character victims” in the movie, “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).” It is also true that people can be Multiple and knowingly believe that they don’t have a medical condition that needs treatment "as to 'just' being a Multiple." Multiplicity does not equate disability or being disabled. 

Personally, I/we find that if we’re not on “our medicine,” we are less likely to be working our personal or professional goals and objectives and we feel “warbly” in our ability to be logical and communicative no matter which internal age group we are speaking from.  We do find there is a better chance at age regression when we are upset or emotional without medicine, as well as feeling less able to socialize and to leave our home environment.  Our depression is especially horrific in that it seems within 24 hours of being off anti-depressants we get very suicidal, which then prioritizes (for both ourselves and our team) the need to be working on emergency stabilization procedures rather than all the other things we could be doing that we consider as positively enabling through our projects and responsibilities.

Once our “system” (Multiplyingly speaking) is down, it takes a lot of patient energy to get everyone back to where we were before we lost our balance - especially in good faith and trust in ourselves as a system.  Not surprisingly, the medicine works best with "talking therapy" in that the brain and body absolutely need biological balancing, but one still needs a qualified human interaction to responsibly sort-out life processes and consequences (accountability), especially after being overwhelmed in one's journey (like being propelled forward through life and it's multitude of complications).  We can wholeheartedly say that having help is good; receiving professional help from people trained to care and think toward our humanity in an “other world” is ideal!

To summarize, we take medicine because we want to be our better selves.  Taking medicine does not make our “conditions” go away.  It doesn’t change the status of being a Multiple.  It does allow us better passage of mind and body to do the things that are important to us that are of our choosing and not that which is controlled by biological imbalances.  We may not have an ideal life though we’ll often argue that point; and, we may now be on disability, but being “disabled” does not keep us from wanting to achieve and contribute back to society.  We like to be proficient and able, which is more likely to happen with a good medicinal balance.  We’re not concerned with the need to be on medicine the rest of our life, because we know we could choose to step away from it at any given moment of time.  In stepping away from medicine, we’d have to be spending more of our time stabilizing on the day to day art of activities like taking showers, washing clothes, or simply getting off the couch.

As “one collective person” and which includes our support team of medical allies, friends and family – we’ve contributed input as to our ability to be in better self- or other-caring relationships and be able to produce more capably with medication.  It is because we choose a life of its highest quality that we choose that which assists us in best balancing our life.  The key is in not just living or getting by, but in making sense of one's life and being able to safely contribute to its purpose and the purposes of others.  For us this includes our work in being a thought leader through Multiplicity.  I believe in who we are and in what we do.

Ann M. Garvey,
October 8, 2014


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