Mental health is a fundamental right; the future of humanity depends on it.
These Weary Hands
David Foster Wallace once wrote: “Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” Though written in a work of fiction, knowing Wallace struggled with deep, paralyzing depression, and that he would go on to take his own life at age 46, these words hold a certain autobiographical sting to them.
Psych and Prejudice Pt. 5
Today we are talking about cognitive dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance is when you do something that does not match with your current belief system. This causes you to feel bad, thus either changing your belief to match your actions, or rationalizing your actions to the point where they somehow weirdly fit your beliefs. This causes the cognitive dissonance to go away, making your life easier since no one likes to feel uncomfortable because of their own decisions. However, cognitive dissonance is totally normal and you probably do it more often than you may think.
So, it is not uncommon knowledge with those around me that I (don't suffer) live with ADHD. My current work environment has somehow managed to bring more of it out as of late. I don't know if it is me slowly losing a grip on my mentality as I deal with a lot of personal battles.
What's It like Living with Depression and Anxiety?
Mental health today is finally coming to the forefront as a topic that people are willing to listen to. More and more influencers are coming out and speaking openly about their struggle with mental health problems. One of my favorite examples; radio and tv personality Charlamagne Tha God, even has a book coming out discussing his battle with Anxiety. But what is it like to actually struggle mentally? What’s that fight like and how does it compare to what others on the outside looking in see? Well, let me take you on a tour by sharing my battles.
Psych and Prejudice Pt. 4
Today in psychology and prejudice, we are discussing the Just World Theory. The Just World Theory is the theory that people get what they deserve. This theory pops up multiple times throughout different spheres of the world, but you may not think that you experience it very often. It also often goes by the terms "blaming the victim."
The Impending End
Mental Health Awareness 🌎 It's time to start the conversation, and END THE STIGMA, around mental illness! Not just for one day, or one week, but once and for all, bridging understanding for all.
World Mental Health Day 2018
The most important thing to initially establish is a general understanding of what mental health is, how mental health problems can manifest and who they can affect. The video below explores the general basis of mental health.
The Rise in Mental Health Issues
I hear it daily. If it isn't from my own mind, it is from people that I know or people I work with. Every day is a struggle to get up. Every day, it is harder and harder to imagine what life is like without a constant and never ending struggle. I see it. I hear it. I live it.
Left or Right Brain Dominant?
Understanding how your brain works can definitely help you to understand why you tend to act differently than your friends and family in certain situations. Knowing that you are right brain dominant and tend to be more intuitive and less logical than your left brain dominate friends can change the way you view life. If you are a right brainer working in a left brainer dominated workplace, you may feel like an outcast.
What Not Being on Meds Can Do to a Person
Not being on medication can destroy your life. Even if you feel you don’t need it, as a rapid cycling bipolar, I know I need medication and those who are the same don’t necessarily think to themselves, oh I need medication. By that I refer to my family who doesn’t take meds as well as others. Not having medication is something very dark to do to yourself. I have to wonder how untreated people think. As I used to be one, I have some idea. You think dark thoughts all the time. Death, suicide, funerals.
Are You an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person?
The Research Science has not taken a definite stand on the issue of HSP’s, or Highly Sensitive People, though there is a great deal of information, and even a foundation, set up for HSP’s. “Some researchers believe that a recent discovery called mirror neurons might provide a neuro-science answer” (apa.org) to questions involving normal reactions to certain life situations. For example, we see someone fall down and scrape their knee and we automatically recoil in response to the situation. Almost like we can feel their pain, so to speak, which are your mirror neurons at work. This is the same when we see someone yawn and we immediately follow suit. Again, those are our mirror neurons. While these little affectors are quantifiable in science because scientists have found them in our brains, what seems to still be a mystery is how we affect atoms thus affecting the world around us. We all have mirror neurons and we are all made of atoms and molecules, so that is not the definitive answer for the person who is highly sensitive, though it plays into the situation. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science discovered that beams of atoms move simply by being observed, and the more they are observed, the more they change. (Sciencedaily)
Dating Someone with a Mental Illness
I am mentally ill. Every day I wake up and take prescribed pills to make me want to not jump into traffic or think everyone is talking about me. I hate taking these pills, so some days I refuse. On these days, I think everything is normal and I made enough progress to stop taking the pills. Then, after a couple days of not taking my pills, I begin to spiral. During these days I start to think there is no point in life and there is really no point in leaving the house, even better yet the bed. These days never mattered. Until I met my partner.