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Reportage from October's #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth for the lovely folx @labhopping.
Random projected pride in #ISRO should translate also to caring about how India's top scientific institutes are set up. Such conditions are not conducive to good science. Please read, share.
@labhopping #Suicide in #Indianscience isn't an aberration & we need to question the socioeconomic structures that set it up this way. From rampant #casteism to #Islamophobia (particularly in the wake of #Kashmir occupation) and gendered harassment--the accounts were deeply upsetting
All this plus institutes like the #IITs, #IISc are protected by media gags on students and faculty who fear being expelled if they speak publicly about these issues. Deep gratitude to everyone who spoke w me regardless. Y'all brave and resilient and this is how we get to hope.
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Because last month was #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth and this month is #PTSDAwarenessMonth, let’s talk about classic PTSD, and another related mental illness, which is c-PTSD, or complex PTSD. A thread.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety disorder that can occur in both humans and animals after experiencing or witnessing any sort of traumatic situation. Its symptoms are grouped into four categories: intrusive thoughts, avoidance, arousal, and negative mood.
Intrusive thoughts include negative memories related to trauma, flashbacks (there are multiple types— we’ll get to that later), upsetting dreams or nightmares related to issues surrounding the trauma, and feeling physically or emotionally uncomfortable when reminded of the trauma
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I want to say a few things about my experience with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a mental illness on the obsessive compulsive spectrum, for #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. I briefly discuss suicide ideation, just so you are aware.
In 5th grade, when we got our class photos, I saw mine and hated it. HATED it. I became hyper aware of my appearance, particularly my face and weight, and spent many hours obsessing in the mirror and asking my parents for diet pills. I told no one how hideous I believed I looked.
I would spend hours in the bathroom crying over my appearance, writing in my diary the things I would change. This seemed "normal" to me, as I was told "everyone has insecurities", but this is when I believed my BDD really developed. I kept it bottled out of shame.
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This #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, I want to call attention to the fact that we need better tools to address the underlying causes, our emphasis on individualistic treatments has allowed systemic causes to be ignored.
At some point, we are going to have to come to terms with the fact that depression and anxiety don’t come from nowhere, and when you start pulling that thread, you begin to understand how screwed up it all is.
I find a lot of the therapy I engaged in (CBT) laid all the blame at my feet. I was *always* the problem. There was no possibility that there were any external factors.
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May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. So let's talk about protecting Mental Health and the #AffordableCareAct. (and send a letter to your legislators in the link here) >>> Thread:

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As disability advocates, it is important to protect access to mental health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare. Threats to repeal all or part of the ACA are real and challenges continue to be filed in courts along with
the introduction of new legislation.

We can't forget that before the Affordable Care Act was law, access to mental health care coverage in insurance was lacking. Mental health was considered a pre-existing condition.
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I am extremely proud to have had a hand in creating these new #RealConvo Guides from @afspnational for #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. They each offer practical information anyone can use. Links in the replies.
How to Start (and Continue!) a Conversation About #MentalHealth
afsp.org/how-to-start-a…
If Someone Tells You They’re Thinking About #Suicide
afsp.org/if-someone-tel…
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Y’all, it’s Mental Health Month & I have MDD (aka “clinical depression”) am currently in the middle of a depressive episode. What this means for me: a period of weeks or months when I have very limited “hit points” (aka physical/emotional energy) >

#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
I have brain fog, sometimes a sense of “lost time,” poor executive functioning, general exhaustion, bad memory, avd yes the typical symptoms of getting triggered into random crying bouts I can’t explain, hopelessness, being overwhelmed, & yeah the passive suicidal ideation. >
For me, it doesn’t mean I’m 100% incapable of finding something funny or pleasurable 100% of the time. It means those. It doesn’t mean I’m 100% nonfunctional. But everything I do is slower, my thoughts are slower, everything is more difficult. >
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Today was #MentalHealthAwarenessDay. It only seems a month ago that we had #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. I've got some thoughts I want to share, so here's a thread. Before I start, CW: Mental health, depression, anxiety etc. /1
I, in no way, wish to denigrate the important work done by charities when it comes to raising awareness about mental health problems. Despite a decade of campaigning to the contrary, there is still a culture of silence around mental health that we need to defeat /2
Defeating that culture, however, is made exponentially more difficult by the fact that mental health services in the UK have been completely gutted over the last 10 years. Not only has money been directed away from provisions for the most vulnerable, lack of investment... /3
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Seeing as it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - a brief thread on being a late-diagnosed autistic woman....
First of all, autism isn't a mental health condition. However, being autistic in a society that prizes 'normality' leads many of us to suffer from various mental health issues #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Many autistic people (and perhaps women especially) learn to conceal the outward signs of their autism (for example, compulsive physical movements and ways of communicating) in order to fit in. I certainly did #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
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