In The Aftermath of Depression
On a large scale, you can look into articles regarding the subject of depression and find answers to “Why You Suffer From Depression” to “How To Pull Yourself Out Of Depression.” One thing I don’t see very often has been on my mind for weeks now, begging me to write an article about it but insisting that I wait until I have a better mindset to do so.
The Psychological Impact of Gaslighting
Thankfully we talk about gaslighting a lot more than we used to, pretty much everyone knows what it is and they know somebody who does it. And anyone can be a gaslighter, the only qualification you need is to be a total dick.
Vocal Is My Therapy
Why do I need therapy, you ask? Well, I'm experiencing a lot of anxiety for two reasons. One, I got a new job that's been stressful. Two, my birthday is coming soon. I will be turning thirty this year (as I am writing this). To be honest, I am not looking forward to it. For the first time in my life, I'm not looking forward to my birthday. Sad, right? To me, thirty is the end of being young and the start of getting old. I know that's dumb, but it's how I feel. I want to either repeat my twenties or stall the aging process altogether. But life doesn't work that way. I got to learn to accept that. Luckily, I have found a place of solace and peace. It's a place of belonging and artistic thinking. That place is called Vocal. Why is Vocal therapy for me?
This story is based on my experiences both in Afghanistan in 2007, and at home, some 14 years later, when the news broke in August that the Taliban were retaking the country. It describes what I was feeling in that moment and in the weeks following. Although some of the information is fictional, the basis of the story is a true reflection of incidents then, on my last night in Kandahar, and now, as I work to overcome PTSD. I managed not to do what I describe in the last paragraph, but that reality exists, always challenging me.
Dear Reader: If COVID-19 Hurt Your Mental Health, I'm Sorry
Hello, I don't know who you are, but my guess is that if you've clicked onto this article, you may be struggling to cope right now.
It’s bedtime. Sometimes I don’t want to go to sleep because it means starting all over tomorrow. I never used to feel this way. I used to love going to bed, the feeling of exhaustion, the soft fabric of my pillow and the release of tension from my body as I drift into sleep.
Green Light, Red Light
Childhood. You envision innocence, vibrant colors, and laughter. Children aren't taught to be ''broken''. But I was. I was critical of the person in the mirror for my manner of critiques, instead of my manner of etiquettes. Creators try too hard, my critic shouts like a cranky old scrooge. We're taught from a young age not to judge a book by its cover. We do, especially by those somewhere in the spectrum of talent.
Textiles and Me
I've always enjoyed making things, though it took me a while to find my physical medium. That happened when I joined the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) and discovered historical textiles.
Behind the Scenes
Exploring mental health in the public eye; celebrities and the spotlight that has been placed on their personal lives and their mental health.
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Beyond the Blues
Understanding depression is difficult; hear from Psyche's community of peers on their experiences with this mood disorder.
Using Mindfulness to Write Your Life
Writing memoir poses a challenge for many writers—especially new writers—because it demands that you view your life objectively. As easily doled out is this advice, it is not so readily applied in practice because we are often emotionally connected to our life’s experiences even years after an event transpired. The emotional connection can be due to all sorts of things: lack of distance, unresolved trauma, recently addressed causation for trauma, etc.
The Pain You Caused
I've felt pain most of my life. From being abused as a child to never feeling loved by anyone. I've been bullied and beaten, scared and traumatized but nothing compares to the hurt you caused me. I feel like every part of my body aches, my heart beats too fast and it hurts like knives are stabbing it from 10 different directions. My stomach is in knots and the thought of eating just sends me running to the bathroom. My throat is dry so I can't get a single word out without my voice cracking like shattered glass. With every breath I take tears roll down my face and I can't stop them, they just pour out like a leaky sink. The more I try not to think of you the more I do and the more I'm reminded I'm not wanted.
Suicide, Not an Answer
I've thought about suicide more times than I can count and I've attempted it several times. Obviously I've never been successful with it but doesn't change the feeling I have of not wanting to be here anymore. I don't believe in an afterlife or religion, for that matter. I was raised by the Bible and went to church every Sunday. But traumatic events have opened my eyes that there's no such thing as God or an afterlife.
9 Ways to Deal with Anxiety
Have you ever woken up with your heart pounding and filled with dread for no particular reason? Or maybe your palms get sweaty and you feel all weak and panicky when you have to give a presentation in school? That’s anxiety, and something most of you are probably familiar with at some point in your life. Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress, but it can also get out of control – when our body’s threat-detection system is malfunctioning. But everyone’s response to perceived threats or danger is different, so it can hard to identify the type of anxiety.
Conflict - Inside Prison
Abstract Research on conflict is vast, yet today humanity faces a constant battle delineating ideologies amongst various groups of people. In this piece of writing, I will discuss areas that have affected my ability to manage others and myself effectively in the professional and personal context. I will support this research with literature on conflict theories and conflict management strategies, selectively exploring areas that have expanded my practice and understanding of:
The Sisters Silence and Noise
Silence is deafening sometimes. People often like to sit with Silence. They find her peaceful and gentle, a place for them to rest. People are funny like that. They beg for Silence and equate her to peace, seeing them as the same. I disagree, Silence is not peaceful, she is not safe, she is not someone I ever beg for nor is she ever gentle.
4 Ways To Effectively Help Someone With A Mental Illness
If you don't have a mental health issue of your own, or you've never had a mental illness, it can be hard to know how to help someone who is suffering from a mental health disorder.
Shockingly Weird Things That People Can Do In Their Sleep
Sleep time, the one thing many of us are looking forward to returning to the second we leave the safe and comfy cocoon we call a bed. And there is a reason why we are so attached to our sleeping; during it, we do not only enjoy peace and quiet, but we also power down and allow our body and brain to recharge and gain energy.
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