Do be strong and know your worth. You (and they) have a right to be respected and have peace and you can absolutely insist on that.
For those who don't have a mental illness, it's hard to imagine what those who do have one go through. Although it's possible to go online and read about different mental illnesses and learn about the different symptoms and what each illness is, I've always found that the best way to learn about mental illness … Continue reading This Indecisive Brain of Mine
Have you ever felt like you're living in a dream? Or see yourself from the outside of your body? I'm sure at some point or another you've experienced some sort of version of this - I'm certain I have. So what exactly is this feeling called? It's called depersonalization disorder - that is, when those … Continue reading Depersonalization Disorder
Before doing something impulsively, many of us are able to control our urge to want to do it. However, those who suffer froma impulse control disorder (or ICD) cannot - putting them at higher risk for harming themselves or others. Some formal ICDs include: pathological gambling (PG), kleptomania, trichotillomania (TTM), compulsive skin picking, and more. … Continue reading Impulse Control Disorders (ICD)
Generally speaking, we are more likely to hear about women who've experienced abuse as opposed to men. However, with June being men's health month, I wanted to share and discuss some information about men and abuse. According to Home Office statistical bulletins and the British Crime Survey, "in 2006-07 men made up 43.4% of all … Continue reading If 40% of men experience abuse, then why don’t we hear about it?
Mental health is something that affects many people - that's a known fact. What isn't all that known is just how many of employees at any given job suffer from a mental illness - mainly because they're often hidden. I read this article the other day posted by Harvard Medical School that discusses how mental illness amongst … Continue reading Mental health in the workplace
Dear Alex, It’s depression writing to you. You know the thing that makes you want to stay in bed all day and not do anything because you’ve got no motivation to do so? Yeah, that’s me. I feel like I should start off with an apology. I truly apologize for making you feel this way, … Continue reading Kindly calm me down
Dear Melanie, We're not good friends but we're very familiar ones. We even sleep together, or should I saw awaken together from horrible dreams or lay awake together with anxieties and memories. I'm with you when you're in an elevator with strangers because more often than not, strangers mean potential attackers. You just never know, … Continue reading With (no) Love, From PTSD
Ah stress. Everyone at some point in their life has experienced it - multiple times even. And if someone tells you they haven't, they're either lying or they don't know what stress is (and it's probably the first one.) Moooovvving onnnn - according to Psychcentral.com, acute stress disorder, or ASD for short, is "characterized by the … Continue reading Let’s Talk … About Acute Stress Disorder
Something bad has happened to you. It could have been an accident, abuse, an illness, a violent crime or something else. It's over, the "incident" has passed. But if and how well you move forward all depends on your reaction and your attitude. Will you be a victim? Or will you be a survivor? First, … Continue reading Are You a Victim or a Survivor?