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Depressive Episode Relief
Sometimes when you're depressed, you just need to take a moment to look at the positives. I know it can definitely feel like there are no positive aspects at this exact moment in time, so just think about your good days. Maybe there has been a day when you just laid in bed with your cat/dog and simply watched movies. Or maybe there's been a time when you got a good grade on something you worked really hard on and felt proud of yourself. At this moment, you might be feeling really sad. You also might be feeling a lot of mixed emotions, including, but not limited to: sadness, fear, and anger. You might also not know what you are feeling currently, which is the first step of recovering from this depressive episode: understanding what you're feeling and the thoughts/events that may have contributed to your current mental state. I know that doing so may result in more feelings or fears, as I suffer from depression as well, but feelings are not something that just go away. They are sometimes difficult to cope with, I'll admit, but once you learn to be able to live happy and have a friend named Feelings, you will come to the realization that feelings, though they can be very difficult to handle at times, are something that is a part of what makes you human and not a robot. But I do agree, sometimes feelings can be really annoying, since everyone would rather be feeling content than feeling depressed.
I Just Want to Be Happy. Or Do I?
As a society, we have accepted the belief that emotions disrupt rational thought, and any state other than happiness is a mental inconvenience or imbalance. This causes us to chase after pleasure, instant gratification and external validation instead of examining our inner world and what it is that we truly want. When something upsets us, we distract ourselves. We rarely face the issue and figure out a way to fix it.
Why do I not want to get up? Why do I feel like a failure? Is this how society sees me, or is this how I see myself? Can I no longer enjoy the things that I used to? There is an epidemic, not just in America, but in the world. Depression affects millions of people. Some people do not even realize they have it, or choose to ignore it. Some of the questions above are symptoms of depression. There is also loneliness, fatigue, loss of appetite, among other symptoms.
Things to Understand About Someone Who Hides Their Depression
Going through your teen years is hard enough, but when you're trying to deal with your own depression, anxiety, or other mental illness on top of that, life can be a total nightmare. That, in one sentence, is the story of my youth. From the young age of eight years old, I was in and out of more therapist offices than I can count. When I was 14, my depression and bipolar disorder reached its full strength. Every morning I woke up wondering if I should leave this world, and every night I went to sleep knowing that I had hung in there for one more day.
Learning to Live After a Diagnosis
Ever since I can remember, I have felt out of place. Whether I was with friends, family, at school, or wherever you go, I always felt like I didn't belong. I even convinced myself sometimes that I truly didn't belong. I'd go through periods where I felt at peace, like I fit in, but it would go as quickly as it came. Looking back, I don't think I even paid that much attention to it.
Anxiety Feels Like...
What does anxiety feel like? Sweaty palms, a loud heartbeat, and the swirl of nausea in the pit of your stomach? A pounding head, shaky hands, and an even shakier voice? It comes differently for everyone.
I Am Not a Patient
2013 was the year everything changed. It was dark time in my life a few years ago when everything familiar to me was changing—a period I can only describe as a complete breakdown of my mentality. So much had happened all at once. My heart was broken for the first time, I had just finished my GCSEs and left school with the obscure challenge of college looming. My Nan was ill and my mental health was rapidly declining—all of this at that frustrating age where you’re expected to act like an adult whilst still being treated like a child.
Cyber Bullying is Killing People…
When I was younger, I was bullied. Sometimes I think that it wasn’t that bad, largely because no adult seemed to care that much. But since the memory of being punched in the face till I was knocked on the floor, by a boy in my class, and the memory of having leaves stuffed into my mouth in the bushes of my school playground by girls older than me, stand out above most of my other memories from school… I’m going to assume it was kind of bad. It maybe fucked with my head a bit.
How My Claircognizance Makes Me Crazy
Claircognizance is defined as “clear knowing,” which I have in abundance. It is a sixth sense, which is helping my five physical senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste. I have normal senses and I have metaphysical senses. When something randomly pops into my head, like a Scrabble word when I’m playing, this is using my claircognizance. When I suddenly know something about what mental health diagnosis a person has, this is also my claircognizance. There are many ways I access this faculty. Claircognizance is something that can get me the right answer in class as well, often when it filters through from trance channeling the reading material.
6 Misconceptions About Sociopaths
I am a diagnosed sociopath. The day I was diagnosed was exciting.The reason I was so excited was that I had proof of something I’d long suspected. Also, sociopaths love being right. Or maybe that’s just humans.
When Abuse Pretends It Isn't
Ok, so this is going to be a touchy article, regardless of what experience you have with it. Talking about mental illness (especially when you don't suffer from anything too serious yourself) is usually considered a little off-base. I try to keep my opinions to myself regarding most precarious social issues because no matter what it seems to cause unnecessary upset feelings and judgement, even if nobody is willing to admit it. But hey, I feel like this is important, and I wish I could have read something like this a year ago when I was in the throes of an abusive relationship and battling a mental illness that wasn't my own. If you've ever felt trapped by guilt, you probably have a good idea where I'm coming from. It really makes you question your morality. I never saw myself as someone who would abandon a person battling a MI, I thought it would make me a bad person and some days I feel like it does.
5 Books Featuring Abnormal Psychology You Need to Read
The Dinner- Herman Koch Sometimes I like reading books with unlikable characters, and oh man is Paul Lohman unlikable. The book begins with Paul talking about how he is hiding something from his wife. He rambles on about how perfect and loving their family is- which is comprised of him, his wife and their teenage son. And then, somewhat at odds with the aforementioned, he recounts catching his son doing something very disturbing on his phone.