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Last Night We Said Goodbye Again
He truly didn't deserve that death. He didn't need to die... It's been a trying year already. Let's recap 2023 so far, shall we?Megan BakerPublished 19 days ago in Psyche
Nightmares: an understudied experience
Nightmares are vivid, disturbing dreams that can cause anxiety, fear, or terror and can wake you up from deep sleep. They often occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the stage of sleep associated with intense dreaming. Nightmares can be caused by various factors, including stress, anxiety, trauma, sleep deprivation, and certain sleep disorders. Nightmares can be a symptom of nightmare disorder, which is a distinct sleep disorder that affects about 2%-8% of adults. People with mental health conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are more likely to experience nightmares. Chronic nightmares can lead to insomnia, and individuals may try to avoid sleep out of fear of recurring nightmare experiences. Behavioral changes have proven effective for 70% of adults who suffer from nightmares, including those caused by anxiety. Treatment for nightmares depends on the underlying cause and may include treating the underlying sleep disorder, addressing mental health conditions, and making lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety.
My OCD Stole My Writing From Me
I am a writer. More so than I am a human. My mom didn’t give birth to me, she just popped round to the local library and printed me out. It was never a point of me discovering, or becoming, or wanting to be a writer, the same way I never chose to be 5 foot 6, or allergic to penicillin, or a human being. I just am. That’s me. And I wouldn’t change it for this world or any other.
The fear of vulnerability
We all know what vulnerability is, right? Hopefully everyone has been able to experience vulnerability at some point in their lives. At the very least, I hope everyone has a vague sense of what vulnerability looks like. But how does one explain what true vulnerability looks like in today's society? Better yet, why is being vulnerable becoming so damn difficult?Aathavi Thanges
Of Good And Evil
What is the true nature of humans? Are we perhaps just wired to be evil? Are we born good? In the sense of environmental determinism, are we simply products of our society?
Enforcing failure to avoid self-rejection
I have never considered myself to be a perfectionist; my motto, professionally, academically, and personally has always been that my best is good enough. If I fail at work, as a person, or in school (which in all honesty I rarely, if ever, did), I was good at forgiving myself and picking up the pieces.S. A. Crawford
On Feeling Lost
‘Maddie Kim’ from “Pantheon” How do we cope with loss? Specifically the loss of a loved one This is a topic that I’ve always danced around but never fully dove into in a way that’s satisfied me. Throughout my life I’ve been blessed to have met and developed strong relationships with some amazing people. With that being so, I don’t feel as though the modes of expression that I have truly do their memory justice.Kuro SeijakuPublished 5 months ago in Psyche
Why Bipolar Anger Still Scares Me Even After Decades of Treatment
It was 2:35 a.m. when the cat decided she wanted to go outside. I listened to her bang on the blinds for several minutes before I got out of bed and made my way to the patio door. I opened the door and waited for her to step out.Scott NinnemanPublished 6 months ago in Psyche
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The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Mental Health
Introduction Childhood is a formative period where experiences shape an individual's development. Unfortunately, some children face adverse circumstances, including various forms of trauma. The impact of childhood trauma on adult mental health has garnered significant attention in recent years. Researchers have delved into the long-term effects of childhood trauma, shedding light on its profound influence on mental well-being. This article aims to explore the complex relationship between childhood trauma and adult mental health, highlighting the lasting consequences that trauma can have on individuals as they navigate their adult lives.Alabi Joshua SundayPublished about 2 hours ago in Psyche
Anxiety: Overcoming, Evolving, Empowering
As someone with anxiety, every day feels like a battle against my own mind. It's a constant struggle to break free from the grip of fear and worry that consumes me. But amidst the chaos, I strive to become a better person, to rise above the limitations my anxiety imposes on me. Acceptance is the first step. I acknowledge that anxiety is a part of me, but it doesn't define who I am. It's a condition that I must learn to manage, rather than allowing it to control me. I embrace the fact that I have unique strengths and qualities that go beyond my anxiety. Self-care becomes a crucial priority in my journey towards self-improvement. I understand that taking care of my physical and mental well-being is essential. I establish healthy habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep. Engaging in activities that bring me joy and relaxation, like practicing mindfulness or pursuing hobbies, becomes an integral part of my routine. Education is my armor against anxiety. I educate myself about anxiety disorders, their causes, and coping mechanisms. By understanding the intricacies of my condition, I gain the knowledge to identify triggers and implement effective strategies to manage them. Therapy and counseling provide me with valuable tools and techniques to navigate through anxious moments, helping me build resilience and emotional strength. Embracing vulnerability is another aspect of my growth. I learn to express my fears and concerns openly, seeking support from trusted friends and family. I discover the power of connection, understanding that I'm not alone in my struggles. Sharing my experiences not only helps me to release the burden but also creates a safe space for others to open up about their own challenges. Challenging my comfort zone is a daunting but necessary task. I realize that avoiding situations that trigger anxiety only reinforces its hold on me. Instead, I gradually expose myself to those situations, pushing my boundaries at a manageable pace. With each small victory, my confidence grows, and the grip of anxiety loosens. Practicing self-compassion becomes a mantra in my journey. I learn to treat myself with kindness and understanding, forgiving myself for setbacks and celebrating even the smallest achievements. Each step forward is a triumph, no matter how insignificant it may seem to others. Patience and perseverance are my guiding lights. I understand that progress is not linear, and setbacks are inevitable. But I keep moving forward, embracing the ups and downs as opportunities for growth. I remind myself that I am on a unique path, and my journey to becoming a better person is a personal one. Through it all, I am determined not to let anxiety define me. I am more than my fears and worries. With resilience, self-care, knowledge, vulnerability, and self-compassion, I am on a transformative path. I am becoming a stronger, wiser, and more compassionate person, not in spite of my anxiety, but alongside it. You are capable of overcoming your anxiety and becoming an even better version of yourself. Remember that you have the power to take control of your life, despite the challenges you face. Here are some encouraging words to inspire you on your journey I hope this words will help you too. 1. You are stronger than you realize: Anxiety may make you feel weak at times, but deep within you lies a strength and resilience that can conquer any obstacle. Trust in your inner strength and believe in your ability to overcome. 2. Progress is progress, no matter how small: Celebrate every step forward, no matter how small it may seem. Each victory, no matter how minor, is a testament to your growth and determination. Acknowledge and appreciate your progress along the way. 3. You are not alone: Remember that countless others have faced and conquered anxiety. Seek support from loved ones, friends, or even support groups who understand what you’re going through. Knowing you’re not alone can provide immense comfort and motivation. 4. Embrace your journey: Embrace the process of self-improvement and personal growth. Every experience, even the difficult ones, holds valuable lessons that shape you into a stronger person. Embrace the ups and downs, and trust that each step forward brings you closer to the person you aspire to be. 5. Believe in yourself: Have faith in your abilities and believe in your potential. Remind yourself of past achievements and the moments when you’ve overcome anxiety. Cultivate self-belief and know that you have the strength and resilience to face any challenge that comes your way. 6. Practice self-compassion: Be kind and gentle with yourself. Understand that setbacks are a natural part of the journey, and it’s okay to have moments of vulnerability. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding you would offer to a loved one. 7. Visualize your success: Picture yourself as the person you aspire to be, free from the constraints of anxiety. Visualize yourself confidently navigating through situations that once caused you distress. Use these visualizations as a source of motivation and a reminder of the person you are becoming. 8. Take it one step at a time: Overcoming anxiety is not an overnight process. Break it down into manageable steps and focus on one thing at a time. Each small step forward accumulates into significant progress over time. Celebrate every milestone along the way. 9. Never give up: The road to personal growth and self-improvement may have obstacles, but don’t let them deter you. Even during moments of doubt, remind yourself of your inner strength and resilience. Keep pushing forward, for every step brings you closer to a brighter, anxiety-free future. Remember, you are not defined by your anxiety. You have the power to shape your own narrative and create a life filled with joy, confidence, and personal growth. Have faith in yourself, be patient, and keep moving forward. You are capable of achieving amazing things!Missy Jane BarnalPublished about 2 hours ago in Psyche
10 Psychological Things That Attract Women
Today, we will learn about ten psychological things that attract women. Now, let’s begin. 1. Seduction ResistanceILYAS KHAN
Ethics in the Face of Personal Interests: The Significance of Seeing People's True Intentions
In life, we often face various challenges and difficulties. Sometimes, we may feel angry and resentful due to the actions or words of others. However, this anger does not truly reflect a person's character. In this world, we cannot control the behavior of others, but we can choose how to respond and deal with these setbacks.
Embrace Your Journey
Embrace Your Journey: 8 Signs You're Becoming Your Best Self Life is a magnificent journey filled with twists and turns, and as women, we possess an innate strength to navigate its beautiful complexities. Along this path of self-discovery, we encounter numerous signs that indicate our growth and transformation into our best selves. These signs are like guiding lights, affirming that we are on the right track, empowering us to embrace our unique journey with confidence, grace, and radiance. In this uplifting article, we will explore eight remarkable signs that serve as proof of your blossoming into the extraordinary woman you were always meant to be.
In the sprawling city of Veridian, there lived a young woman named Korea. Raised in the comfort of a two-parent military household, she was bestowed with privileges that many others could only dream of. Her childhood was filled with love, stability, and a strong sense of purpose.Sheridan Wilson IIPublished about 6 hours ago in Psyche
How Much Caffeine Can You Handle? A Guide for the Caffeine-Curious Adult
Are you a self-proclaimed caffeine fanatic? Or perhaps you're just curious about how much caffeine you can consume without crossing the line into jittery territory.
Psychologycal facts about love
Love is a complex emotion: Love involves a complex interplay of emotions, including joy, happiness, excitement, and even anxiety. It can be both exhilarating and challenging at the same time.Always SmilePublished about 12 hours ago in Psyche
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