omg so yummy !! i love getting graze boxes in the post i actually get excited about it 😂 wow im sad
, I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. I was 3 and sitting in the hospital cafeteria with papa trying to pull off a piece of someone else’s old chewed up gum from under the tables (kids are gross and I was no exception). I remember the first time I held you, the stinging pain of jealousy that I was no longer the only child. I remember biting you, purposely standing in front of the tv so you couldn’t watch it, and threatening to not play with you if you annoyed me. But I also remember you’re love for me, your longing for my attention and our long days in our backyard forts.
I also remember the first time it felt like you were slipping away. Your anger, your erratic behavior and sadness. You were grasping at anything to help make you feel “normal”, just to feel like everyone else. I remember feeling helpless when you talked about your depression and disconnect from others.
I remember the pit in my stomach when you went to prison simply because you self medicated your depression and sadness which led to a series of unfortunate events. I remember feeling angry, sad, lost, and defeated. I remember feeling scared about your lack of treatment in a facility completely unequipped to help you heal. I remember the fear I had of you being corrupted, abused, or isolated.
I remember when I gave birth to my son, a spitting image of you. I remember wanting to share with you all of his firsts and reminders of you, but not being able to because you were locked up so far, far away. His whole life you have been gone.
In less than 72 hours, Lane and I will be picking you up with dad and Stacie from your Hell. Then, I will remember the feeling of freedom, love, forgiveness and family.
We love you, will always be here for you, and cannot wait to see what you accomplish. Big things are coming, I can feel it. ❤️✨
Mental health is no joke 😖😢😴 its exhausting, annoying, and most of your actions are controlled by the part of you that you wish would just disappear. Then you only seem to notice it when those around you start acting the just like you..attitude and actions are contagious. Surround yourself with people you want to be like....before it's too late. #mentalhealth #nojoke #attitudeofgratitude #ihatemesometimes #mentalillnessawareness #gethelp
Today I woke up and brushed my teeth. That was my first step today. And hey, if it’s my only step today, so be it 🤷🏻♀️ there’s always tomorrow. Slow and steady wins the race. Recovery does not need to be rushed. Take everything at your own pace and avoid being so hard on yourself!
This week all kids are free from school im Sweden. Free from school means me having to take care of both kids on my own all day while my husband work. It's Monday and I am already exhausted.
I don't think I have ever wanted to take medication as much as I do now. The symptoms of depression is so strong and makes me want to crawl into bed and stay there all day, while my anxiety is bullying me to do better, always do more.
I feel like I am some kind of meddler in the middle, pushing myself harder but at the same time trying to cut myself some slack. My head is a mess.
#postpartumdepression #postpartumrage #anxiety #depressionawareness #mentalillnessawareness #aldrigensam
Did you know that one Dubai school uses virtual reality to teach Arabic? And another uses Minecraft to teach Maths and Geography. Technology can be wonderful when you know how to use it wisely. Join Dr Saliha Afridi, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director at Lighthouse Arabia in this free positive parenting workshop to learn practical tips to help your child have a healthier and more conscious relationship with technology. Monday 4 March 2019, 9AM to 10AM. Registration link in the flyer. #ParentsPosEd
هل تعلم أن إحدى مدارس دبي تستخدم الواقع الافتراضي لتدريس اللغة العربية؟ وآخرى تستخدم لعبة ماينكرافت لتدريس الرياضيات والجغرافيا. يمكن أن تكون التكنولوجيا رائعة عندما تعرف كيف تستخدمها بحكمة. انضم إلى د.صليحة أفريدي ، أخصائية علم النفس الإكلينيكي والمدير العام لدى لايتهاوس أرابيا في هذه الورشة المجانية للوالدين الإيجابية لأخذ نصائح عملية تساعد طفلك على أن تكون له علاقة صحية أكثر وواعية بالتكنولوجيا.
التاريخ: 4 مارس 2019
الوقت: 9 صباحا
المكان: مقر هيئة المعرفة والتنمية البشرية، مدينة دبي الأكاديمية، الوحدة ب
i feel like i feel all these feelings, but i don’t know how to talk about them anymore, like atall & it is really getting to me. it helps when i talk about my mental health, it helps me lift a weight off my shoulders bc i can only vent on here and to my therapist. if i don’t talk about it i just feel like it builds up & it scares me feeling it all inside but not being able to relate to anyone bc i can’t express the feelings in the right way. i know i don’t have to but it’s not really about that, it’s like i need to :( and i feel trapped and so alone if i don’t. it’s tricky bc my medication has helped me so much, even though it’s been such a difficult journey with starting these meds and getting lots of side effects they have really changed things for the better already, my meds help me live and they help me function. before starting these i was always unhappy, ALWAYS anxious like every second of the day, i was always disossiating which made me more anxious and depressed. my BPD was at its worst, intrusive thoughts were killing me. paranoia was killing me. night terrors were nearly every night. all of the stress was making my chronic fatigue 10000x worse. ive noticed the past month or so my meds are finally starting to work, and my intrusive thoughts, paranoia, anxiety, depression ect is becoming easier to live with. I’m not letting it rule my life anymore. My BPD is still bad, but I’m finding it manageable. not being stressed every moment of the day is really helping with my chronic fatigue i can actually walk to places now and go out without feeling like im going collapse after about 10 minutes of walking or getting completely numb legs from walking or feeling like im getting a migraine just from walking. it’s still a fucking nightmare, if i go out the day after i have to stay in bed for like 2 days depending up to when i will have more energy again, i still get these symptoms but they just aren’t as bad as before and that gives me hope. im just glad i can atleast go out now bc before i could hardly even handle being outside and walking for like 20 minutes and yeah I know that sounds stupid but my whole body would just go numb and tingly and id be in pain
These pills in my hand have saved my life.
If it were not for this medication I wouldn't be able to function in the world. Life used to be so intense and scary. My medication has allowed life to be normal and not that overwhelming anymore and for that I am very grateful.
The last few days have been a bit tough though. The doctor changed one of my meds and it triggered hypomania. Hypomania is great for an artist because it gives you a million ideas and you have so much focus and energy you can work for hours. After 4 days of riding on the super fast crazy train I started feeling very strange and irritable from the lack of sleep. Luckily I have emergency pills for these mad uppers too.
Pills, pills, and more pills. If you don't truly understand this is an illness you may be shocked to know that I take 5 pills a day for my bipolar mood disorder. They have saved my life, and I encourage anyone with this illness to find the right doctor, get on the right meds and you will be a totally different person. You will still have some episodes, but it becomes more manageable. Don't let people's ignorance prevent you from living the life you deserve!
#bipolardisorder #bipolarawareness #hypomania
#mentalillness #mentalillnessawareness #dontjudge #walkinmyshoes #pills #meds #medicine #nomorestigma #notashamed #mentalhealthawareness #mentalheath
#mylife #mybrain #redhead #treatment #artist #bewell #liveyourbestlife #ill #getwellsoon
You have come such a long way. You should be so proud of yourself. You may have farther to go but you need to appreciate how far you’ve already travelled and the strength you have. You’re a brave, intelligent, creative, beautiful, kind person who deserves happiness, love and kindness even from yourself. Be proud of the person you are. Don’t be afraid to say how you feel or to share your opinions. You’re an amazing person and your voice matters. Don’t suffer alone, whenever you fall, let people offer you their hand to help you up. Let people support you. Block out anyone who is negative and tries to throw you back down. Only let in the positive people who lift you up and help you through the hard times. You’re doing an amazing job, stay strong, keep going, I believe in you🧠🌈❤️ #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalillnessrecovery #recovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillnessawareness #happiness #strong #brave #talk #help #love #support #strongertogether
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People who suffer from anxiety or depression especially suicidal depression and/or existential depression/anxiety or some other mental illness have more trouble during terrorist attacks, natural or man-made disasters, political tensions and other global or national calamities as compared to the rest of the population. Their mental illnesses trigger episodes usually of suicidal tendencies and life seems even more unworthy of living for the world seems to be a shit hole. Everybody seems to be bad and everything seems to be pointless. This extreme generalization doesn't come from a conscious, rational thought processs but from extremely paranoid, depressed and anxious minds who anyway function on fear, stress and panic on a constant basis that these external events make matters much worse for them. If you are someone who goes through this struggle, please tell yourself the following and keep repeating it until it starts manifesting in your behavior:
"The world is not a shit hole in its entirety, all human beings are not bad, life is worth living. There are good people who are doing good for humanity and the earth just like there are bad. People are good for the most part, it's just a handful of them who wreak such havoc on society. Things are changing also for the better if for the worse. My feelings are a consequence of my illness and while I validate them, I don't have to consider them as a mandate reality. If I end my life, the world won't become a nicer place but it would lose a nice person. Instead if I make efforts to better the things which are an issue, I would be healing myself and others".
This isn't easy but it works. Try it. If you know someone who is going though this struggle, please show this to them and please be patient and kind, they are trying. Healing takes time. Let's Heal.
#healing #healingquotes #depression #anxiety #globaldepression #mentalhealthsupport #letsheal #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #anxietyquotes #naturaldisaster #terroristattack #pulwamaattack #terrorism #itgetsbetter #anxietyattacks #suicidaldepression #existentialanxiety
Choose to life a life full of positivity and good vibes rather than being full of negativity and hateful ways. You are meant to see the good and sunshine in all things around you, the dark clouds and rain are behind you. What is one positive affirmation you can start today with today? 💕💕💕
I saw this post and it happens to say what I believe in most.
Life isn't about being rich, being popular, being highly educated. It's about being real, humble and kind.
It's about truth, love and knowing that someday it will be returned.
Thank you @ghughesrelaxationhub
Fact: Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before, and they work. -mentalhealth.gov
This is the side of recovery a lot of people don’t see. The pain and discomfort of putting your body under so much stress.
Eating disorders not only leave you malnourished but you are at high risk of heart and kidney failure.
Eating disorders don’t discriminate,anyone,age and gender can be effected.
Food was like poison to me. It resembled all the negativity in my life. It made me feel weighed down,dirty,unglued and selfish.
People focus on the way someone looks but the issue is deeper then that and so much more complicated. It’s also a problem with hiding your habits. You might not even be sure you have an “issue” with food until it’s to late. I definitely didn’t seek help as I didn’t think my problem was serious enough but if your relationship with food and eating is effecting your life,it is ok to seek help.
It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or what your body looks like. If your relationship with food and body image is impacted then you to could be heading down a dangerous path.
For further information head to @eatingdisordersvictoria
Just thinking about the details of @guycryclub
, how to make it a reality, to create an inclusive space to encourage expression, for tears of all kinds, whatever form they take... #guycryclub
We are honored to offer a free-of-charge Grief Support meeting once a month for individuals who are grieving the death of someone to suicide. You do not have to go through your grief alone. ⠀⠀
Date: Wednesday, January 30th⠀⠀
Time: 6PM - 7:30PM⠀⠀
Location: The LightHouse – Center for Wellbeing⠀⠀
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*Prior to joining, participants must have a free grief consultation. A grief consultation is a confidential, 60-minute session with a grief specialist, one-on-one. During this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of what grief is, what to expect from it, and how to heal through it.⠀⠀
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With over 10 year’s experience in mental health services, I have worked with a wide range of people who have varied psychological, emotional and interpersonal difficulties. I strongly believe everyone has the ability to navigate life’s struggles but sometimes they need a light to guide them through the darkness.⠀
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Anger and pain demand to be felt. You’d have me believe that ignoring it is the right way to go about it. I have always believed that too. For a long long time. Even when I was silently crying, I was trying to keep it at bay. When I was trying my best to get my breathing back to normal, I was trying to keep it at bay. When I was clutching my heart, trying to convince myself that better days were ahead, I was trying to keep it at bay. When I wanted to scream my brains out and I didn’t, I was trying to keep it at bay. When I wanted to punch something senseless, I was trying to keep it at bay. Because trying to keep it at bay hurts so much, what would it be if I let it in? When I was lashing out, you probably thought that was the anger, but that was me trying to keep everything in...... and even though I was failing miserably, I still tried. Calm down, you say? I won’t. Not today. See, there’s a storm everyday in my head and everyday I keep it at bay. Today, I am the storm. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. Don’t want to get sucked into the hurricane, stay away. A sane part of me knows you care, knows you do the things you do because you care. Today the sane part takes the back seat, so just know that it’s nothing personal. Today the storm comes alive. And today I don’t care. For the day, I’m done trying to calm down and I’m done trying to keep it at bay.
#anger #hate #fury #itsokay #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #hope #pain #regret #mentalhealthsupport #mentalillnessawareness #struggle #support #keepfighting #staystrong #anxiety #depression #dontgiveup #nevergiveup #failure #success #itsokaynottobeokay #anxietyrecovery #anxietyrelief #anxietyhelp #burnout #staystrong #anxietyattack #panicattack #stress #tobevulnerablyhonest
There are so many days I’ve been so hard on myself. I’d tell myself, “you failed at something. But why don’t you see you have so much? Why can’t you just be happy? Why aren’t you grateful for the things that you do have?” But sometimes the pain is just too much. It swallows up everything. It makes everything around you dark, cues the spotlight and stands under it. The pain is too much that you get lost in the what ifs. What if I’d done this differently, this pain wouldn’t be here. And you’re hard on yourself everyday for something you couldn’t have even predicted. Months will pass by before you realise what you’re doing is harming you and not helping you, the failure delayed everything but this thought process is a never ending hole that you’re falling into that will delay it more. Healing is a very very slow process but making the choice to heal takes a long time too. Pain makes you desperate. Pain makes you impatient. Pain makes you wanna do anything to end the pain. Pain creates a version of you that you’d have never thought could have come to pass. But healing creates a new you too. Pain is tumbling down flights of stairs and healing is climbing up. Obviously the climbing up is going to be the harder part. And one wrong step sends you spiraling down again till you lift yourself up. In this whole scenario, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it is to be gentle with yourself. How long are you going to be hard on yourself for till you realise that it’s not going to help you?! You can blame yourself for an infinite number of things, but you decide whether that would send you down or up in those flight of stairs.
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