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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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As we're in the tail end of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, and about to start #PrideMonth. I thought I'd take a minute to talk about how those two overlapped for me.
2.5 and a half years ago, I didn't have a clue I was trans. Only a few months ago, I had no idea I had ADHD. The discovery of the first lead to the discovery of the 2nd. Here's how.
If you're not aware, one of the mental health issues that often shows up for trans folk is depersonalization. It can take many forms, but the essence of it is you don't really feel like a person.
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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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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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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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