It can be hard to describe what happens when I’m mentally unwell and the effect of medication. One of the Crisis Team has given me a very useful analogy which I’d like to share with you.
My mind is like a bowl. When I become unwell, it starts to fill with water and could overflow if nothing is done about it. When it overflows my life becomes unmanageable so it’s important to act when I notice the water. Medication is a sponge which mops up the water. When I have the right size of sponge (i.e. the right dosage of medication) all the water is mopped up and I can live normally. Too small a sponge and there’s still water in the bowl so life isn’t normal. Too big a sponge and it won’t fit in the bowl – I’m sedated and unhappy.
At the moment, the sponge is working fairly well.