Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's With Tom--How I Cope With My Symptoms

Hey guys and gals, Tom here and welcome to Fridays with Tom.

Today I will be discussing how I cope with my symptoms.

It's really hard to explain how I cope with my symptoms. I usually just ignore the symptoms but that probably won't help most of you or your loved ones. I guess one way I cope with my symptoms is distraction. I spend most of my days sitting in front of a computer playing video games and watching videos so my mind is often focused on other stuff.

When I'm at work I'm usually busy with my job so my thoughts aren't busy thinking “is someone watching me?” There are times at work however that I think some customers are shoplifting. Some people look shady when they leave the establishment.

When I'm out in public there are times when I think that the government is sitting in a vehicle watching me or someone is following me while I'm walking in a store or walking the dog. To cope with that I usually think to myself, “They aren't watching me, I have nothing to hide nor do I have a reason for the government to be watching me.”

For as long as I can remember I've had what my therapist and I call “running commentary.” By that I mean a little voice in my head that talked about what I was doing. For example, I could be sitting down eating dinner and the running commentary voice would say, “you are chewing your food.” My anti-psychotics have helped silence the running commentary so I rarely hear from it again.

Well that's all I've got for today guys and gals. Have a great day! Oh and included above is a picture of the newest Gundam model I built for you guys, the Tieren Ground Type.

Here is a link to the wiki about it:

and remember; stay beautiful.



  1. Tom,
    I appreciate your honesty, bravery, courage and willingness to help others along their journey and struggles. My hat goes off to you and you are an inspiration to others who as well are struggling but you are helping them find hope along the way. Wonderful column, hopefully you'll keep it up-Kevin K.

    1. Kevin K.,
      Thank you very much for what you said. It meant the world to Thomas. Your encouragement and support will help him continue to do the amazing thing he is doing here.

  2. Thank you, Tom, for your helpful information and for sharing about yourself! I will share the new model you built with my son! Excellent!


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