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My Experience in the Airport as a Sunflower Lanyard Wearer
A sunflower lanyard indicates in a subtle way that the wearer has an invisible disability, something that is unseen, for example, autism, anxiety, or in my case, schizophrenia. When the opportunity arose for me to go to New York, I was immediately concerned about how I would handle the travel aspect of it, specifically the airports. Airports had always made me feel stressed and nervous but the biggest difference in this trip is that I would be taking it alone. I wasn’t sure this was even something I was capable of.
If They Wanted to Apologize, They Would
In terms of closure, there are few things more powerful than an apology. Giving an apology after making the wrong choice is a healing balm. It lets the other person know that you feel remorse, but more than that it’s a promise. A promise to change behavior. A promise to be better, kinder, more compassionate or understanding the next time.
I Need Therapy
Last night, I watched a movie and it gave me an existential crisis. The movie in question was "The Giant Mechanical Man" curtesy of Tubi. For context, Janice (Jenna Fischer) who doesn't have her life together crosses paths with Tim (Chris Messina) who performs on the street as the giant mechanical man and finds purpose in his street performance because he wants people who don't have their lives together to feel less alone.
The void I’ll be honest: there’s nothing more alluring than my oh-so satisfying vices. For some twisted reason, the universe dug a void into every living being on earth and left us here with no clue how to fill it. We’ll continue to search till we reach the ends of the earth for that something to fill the void.
Jughead Jones Is My Spirit Animal
Some time ago, I mentioned in an earlier story that I'm a big fan of Archie comics, with the fandom beginning with an Archie comic book being a childhood birthday present. In the time that passed, I collected a lot of the Archie comic books, digests, double digest, and even subscribed for a brief period. I've read so many of the comics so habitually that I can even recite some of them. I've read a lot of adaptations and I've seen the Archie characters on various programs, the main one being the CW series, Riverdale. Throughout all of this, for three decades, there has been one constant: my favorite character has always been Jughead Jones.
Asperger's Syndrome: What it's Like
A lot more is known about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now than there was for those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 80s. For one, it's actually called ASD, and it's typically regarded that Asperger's Syndrome, which was itself a little-known condition back then, is at the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. Those of us at that end may not even be aware that that's what we have, we've always just been a bit quirky.
Counselor and Therapist Comments
It is important to be positive. Addiction demands we stay negative. If we don’t heal our trauma, grief and loss,
My view on stress
I wrote a little free-verse poem earlier and I wanted to expand on it a little bit here. (i will link the poem at the end)
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Understanding and Sharing in Love
Click here to explore "101 Conversational Strategies for Dating and Romance" The complicated and lovely emotion of love draws two people together in a unique and particular way. It is a feeling that is frequently difficult to describe, but it is one that those who have experienced it may feel very strongly. Understanding and sharing are two crucial components in relationships that can make them successful and last a long time.
An Unknown, But Common Struggle
Mental Health... These days everyone all but dreads any blog post, article, or story that has to deal with that unless they are looking for it specifically. I admit that the article is usually very technical, long-winded, and downright boring too. I barely ever read these articles.
15 More Things to Add to Your Natural Mental Health First Aid Kit/Toolkit: Part 2
Further to Part 1 of my natural mental health tool kit. When someone tells you (in a relaxed setting) to stop frowning, even when you are not, because your wisdom lines are so profound; you know that you need to tone it down, and therefore take care of your mental health, combined with your physical and emotional health. It all links. Now for the next 15 natural mental health solutions that yours truly applies and swears by, literally:
Unfair game played twice
I watched him as he walked into the bar. He was not very tall, not short either, maybe five eight, quite handsome and just a tiny bit rugged in a tortured sort of way. He looked around, weighing the room, I could tell he was trouble with a capital T. His uncertain demeanor, his mode of dress completely gave away the fact that he did not come here often, did not get out much, was my initial intuitive inner thought.
I was fourteen that summer, and it had been five years since I had last seen him. Meeting with him again had not been my idea, but my grandmother's. She had planned it as her little "surprise." But it hadn't seemed like such a good one at the time. In fact, the whole scenario had struck me with such discord, that even now, some fifty years later, I care very little for surprises. They are to me, just neatly wrapped packages of deceit bestowed upon the unwilling. They are the gift bearer's way of manipulating or controlling the receiver. In short, I do not trust surprises!
Paranoid Schizophrenia, Lack of Empathy, and Feudalism/Authoritarianism
Previously, I talked about a bunch of different mental illnesses associated with a lack of empathy, but I didn't mention all of them. One of them that I forgot to talk about was specific forms of schizophrenia. It has been found that certain forms of schizophrenia, like the kind that was once diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia, have led to severe impairments in the emotional empathy of people with the condition. The good thing is that schizophrenia has different ways to be treated and in modern times, untreated schizophrenia only affects about 0.32% of the population according to the World Health Organization - meaning that enough people get to be treated for this condition that untreated versions of this mental disorder affect a very small chunk of the population, much smaller than the other conditions that were previously mentioned.
Do Psychopaths Know They Are Psychopaths?
Psychopaths are usually aware of what a psychopath is and that they have psychopathic traits, however, most are never sure whether they are one or not. This can be the case even if they have a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
My Journey Inside Seven Twisted Psyches
INTRODUCTION Why should I care? Get rid of the myths and discover the truth about what it means to be a psychopath. I have a query for you. What do a vicious debt collector who tortures his victims, a slick-talking businessman who enjoys Ponzi schemes, and an overly reliant mama's son who is unable to care for himself have in common?
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