adrianastyle replied to your post: hello! awesome blog, just wanted to ask something though... Yes! CBT is a great, especially for anxiety and substance abuse related to bipolar disorder. Also look into DBT, I like it a little better. idiot-legs replied to your post: hello! awesome blog, just wanted to ask something though... I have depression, and have successfully employed CBT, but not...
meinhof-deactivated20111225 asked: hello! awesome blog, just wanted to ask something though - this is a general question to anyone that can answer it - has anyone done cognitive therapy - the online based stuff, and did it help? especially anyone with bipolar. thankyou!
electricalgloom: I’m discovering there’s a strange comfort that a recovered depressive finds in sadness. When you can finally discern plain old complicated sadness from the lingering gloom. It’s like you had to get this sad to realise, you’re not down anymore, this is the norm, the right kind of sad.
Having privilege isn’t something you can usually change, but that’s okay,...– Sindeloke, on Privilege “Having privilege is like having big feet. No one hates you for having big feet! They just want you to remember to be careful where you walk.” Yes yes yes.
zess asked: How much do you think that certain mental illnesses (depression, mostly) and incidences of transgendered people are a result of our society and privilege? We have a lot more time to sit around and get lost in our own heads these days. Thinking back to hunter/gatherer societies, if you didn't contribute to society then you would die. There was no "I can't bring myself to get out of...
Trigger Warning: Gender Dysphoria
disgustinghuman: johnegberts: ONCE AGAIN, LADY GAGA CLEARLY DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT TELLING A TRANSGENDERED PERSON THAT THEY WERE BORN THIS WAY AND THAT “GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES” IS FAR FROM COMFORTING. magicmiraclecandy: homotronic: Out of touch pop star is out of touch. you have a point but youre also really nitpicking. i am nitpicking when half the damn time when i turn on the radio...
Things that bother me:
inebriateofair: vroomvroomdoom: Use of the term OCD to describe every little idiosyncrasy. This is coming from someone who suffers from OCD. I despise the trivialization of a disorder that disrupts my everyday life and mental wellbeing. I don’t know what people think OCD is but it’s not liking your books…
Just because you are trying does not mean recovery comes easy. It’s a battle....– Anonymously, mental illness survivor
Anonymous asked: Just want to say thank you for this blog. A lot of the posts have helped me in my own illness and made me realise that it's not just me who feels a certain way about certain aspects of it. And its not just me who has had to face a lot of hurt from people I cared about because they didn't understand. Thank you.
georgiesaid: Mind Over Matter Zine: So this probably counts as a personal post, but I think it belongs on here… This reminds me of a person who left and said goodbye in the most hurtful of ways, when I really needed someone, and they knew that. They knew I was at a all time low, they knew, but obviously they didn’t know me or care enough to understand me. If they did they would...
questions on mental illness & personal style:
mrdthgrvs: i’m writing a brief piece for my fanzine about how personal style and mental illness interact, specifically in terms of those of us with ‘invisible disabilities’- if you have a mental illness, how does it affect the way you dress? the questions I’m posing to people are meant to be simple so they can be answered a variety of ways: 1. how would you describe your style & in what...
i need to talk to people about the intersections...
mrdthgrvs: if anyone wants to talk about this topic, get in touch. Signal boost! (Also, yes please. Hit me up, Meredith.)
So this probably counts as a personal post, but I think it belongs more on here than my personal blog. I was just at the gym and for some reason I had a flashback of breaking up with a guy a while ago who said “I can’t wait to find a girlfriend who isn’t mentally ill”. Now, I know that mental illness makes you no less of a person than the next guy, but it’s a...
That awkward moment when you ask a new friend where they’re going and they pause for ages then say ‘a narcotics anonymous meeting… but don’t worry - I’m clean’. I hate that there’s so much stigma surrounding substance addiction; it makes recovery a total minefield for many people. Ugh.
Just putting Tumblr on notice
madamethursday: When you post/reblog pithy little graphics or other things that bemoan others not using English words or grammar correctly, it makes me lose a lot more respect for you than anyone else. It makes me want to unfollow you… An interesting commentary on language policing, and how we should try to look past spelling and grammar to see what someone is trying to express.
The Spoon Theory →
joshishollywood: ”…You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn’t sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make your self something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can’t take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for...
let's unpack "special snowflakes".
mrdthgrvs: youarenotyou: [tw: this conversation addresses dismissive & oppressive behavior, including ableism, cissexism and gender binarism.] Okay. So “special snowflake” is generally used to insult people who are perceived as going to great lengths to be seen as unique individuals, right? It’s primary function is to shame people who want to differentiate themselves from the status quo,...
From an early age, boys are fitted with emotional straight-jackets tailored by a...– Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, from “Men Can Stop Rape” .
Poets who eventually commit suicide use I-words [I, me, my] more than...– James Pennebaker, a UT psychologist who wrote a book called The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
I need to work on the physical manifestation of the zine today. I haven’t done it in ages and I feel bad about it. There is so much to do, it feels kind of overwhelming.. but I get to set my own deadlines, so it’s ok. As long as it’s out before Christmas I will be happy.
My Life with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder →
pinatasmashing: caffeinatedbunny: TW: Mental illness, shaming, obsessive-compulsive rituals Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more OCD-shaming and jokes at the expense of those who have it. This is certainly nothing new, and I’ve rather gotten used to it by this point. However, I need to say (or write)… i have been meaning to write something about this myself. the misuse of the term OCD as...
My Life with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
caffeinatedbunny: TW: Mental illness, shaming, obsessive-compulsive rituals Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more OCD-shaming and jokes at the expense of those who have it. This is certainly nothing new, and I’ve rather gotten used to it by this point. However, I need to say (or write) something. This is my forum to do so. OCD is not funny. I have it as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder....
meloukhia: Bitch Magazine: We’re All Mad Here: Mental Illness and Celebrities Celebrity breakdown stories tend to focus specifically on women, and are often presented in a way to make the consumer understand that the celebrity is weak, cracking under the pressure, simply can’t take the rough environment of Hollywood. Surely, the media assures itself, it isn’t playing any role in...
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault
friendlyneighborhoodcurmudgeon: If you healing from sexual assault and you get out of bed in the morning, You are doing well. If you healing from sexual assault and you hold down a job, You are amazing. If you are healing from sexual assault and and you are still remotely pleasant to others, You are a lot nicer than me. If you are healing from sexual assault and you cannot always be there for...
dressupbox: dolores-jane: Dear everyone-who’s-grammar-I-have-ever-corrected-without-them-asking, I am sorry. It doesn’t matter if your sentences aren’t following certain fascist rules. It only matters if people can understand you, and I obviously could understand what you were saying because I tried to correct it. I know now that policing people’s grammar isn’t okay because there are many...
Freud works on the web
thisisnotpsychology: The Interpretation of Dreams (3rd. edition). Translated by A.A. Brill (1911). Psychopathology of Everyday Life. Translation by A. A. Brill (HTML at York). The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis (1910). American Journal of Psychology, 21, 181-218. [Freud’s lectures at Clark University; the introduction of psychoanalysis to North America.] A Young Girl’s Diary...
On trigger warnings. →
fuckyeahtriggerwarnings: [Trigger warning: discussion of intentional triggering, semi-vague discussion of blood/veins/medical procedures] sexxxisbeautiful: I think this might be a nice time to tell a little story, shall I? I have convulsive syncope. Which in short means that I pass out and convulse when certain things trigger me…
"...earlier notions of mental disorders as... →
psydoctor8: No one likes when I toss that sentiment around which I do all the time, and my 3 readers know this…but there you have it. From the Director’s blog (Thomas Insel, MD) at the National Institute of Mental Health, introduces how they are “defining mental illness as a disruption of neural circuits”. If ”mental disorders appear to be disorders of brain circuits” then it would follow...
Researchers don't mean to exaggerate, but lots of... →
“You may have seen some news stories saying one part of the brain is bigger, or smaller, in people with a certain mental health problem, or even a specific job. These are generally based on real, published research. But how reliable are the studies?”
6 Mental Illness Myths Hollywood Wants You to... →
Mental illness is one of those issues that not even smart people have a good grasp of. So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that Hollywood’s treatment of it is about as informed and respectful as showing up drunk to a stranger’s funeral and crapping in the casket. From serial killer movies to sappy mental hospital dramas, Hollywood uses mental illness as a convenient plot...
mrdthgrvs: youarenotyou: I’ve been seeing an awful lot of tone policing on my dash lately. It seems a lot of people don’t really understand why someone would respond aggressively or angrily, or otherwise emotionally, to having something really fucked up/hurtful/oppressive said to them. Or, they think it’s counterproductive to respond in that way. First off, the reason that people may respond...