Mental Health

DBT Skills: I AM AWESOME

DBT Skills: I AM AWESOME

Welcome back to DBT skills, the part of your week where you learn evidence based ways of being in the world without it sucking a lot! Last week’s skills (PLEASE) seemed incredibly simple, but are actually some of the most necessary skills to keeping your emotions stable and awesomesauce that are out there. This week’s skill is a little more challenging but brings great rewards (like ta... »

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

Content warning: Besides the usual misogyny, we have suicidal ideation. Terminology warning:  I am so over the term pick up.  For one thing, I’m never entirely certain whether it should be one word or two, and if the latter, is it hyphenated?  Also, we already have the perfectly delightful word libertine to describe these people.  So I think I’m going to use that instead from here on. ... »

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

I have started reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  I have heard this is the defining literary work of the pick up artist movement/subculture/whatever and while I have heard a lot of bad comments about it, I have never actually read it.  With the exception of Twilight, I do attempt to actually be somewhat familiar with the stuff I say bad things about it, so I borrowed it from a friend who assur... »

DBT Skills Part 1: Learning Emotional Management

DBT Skills Part 1: Learning Emotional Management

As young people, we spend a lot of time being taught things. We go to school, driver’s ed, sports teams, sex ed, religious classes, classes about “morality”…we have people giving us information (good or bad) about nearly everything. And yet oddly enough, very rarely is “understanding emotions and emotional management” included in our education. Sure, we get it s... »

Treating Depression is Not Medicalizing Sadness

Treating Depression is Not Medicalizing Sadness

Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go One of the criticisms I often see leveled at therapy and medication is that it’s turning basic human emotion into an illness. There was a huge outcry of this when the DSM V took out the grief clause from the diagnosis of depression (previously one could not be diagnosed with depression 6 months after a major loss), people often throw this at ADD, and in this o... »

Exams, stress and expectations

Exams, stress and expectations

Content description: Discusses depression in relation to school and examinations. Briefly acknowledges an eating disorder.   I’m currently a first year undergraduate studying zoology, something I have been working towards since secondary school (high school for those in the US). Yet still I find myself hating parts of what I do,namely exams and namely what exams do to my mental health. ... »

Fighting the Industry

Fighting the Industry

Trigger warning: Suicide, Depression, Abuse, Graphic depictions of violence.   Depression is scary. I bet most people out there know that, whether they actually have depression or merely know it exists. Only some people know what’s scarier, though. Throughout the years I’ve lived with depression, I’ve lived in fear. I don’t fear suicide or self harm. I never have, real... »

Triggers: What They Are, What To Do

Triggers: What They Are, What To Do

Crossposted from We Got So Far To Go I want to talk about triggers. A few days ago, I posted on Facebook about something that was triggering to me. I specified that I had been triggered. I was surprised at the response I got. Many people argued with me, told me I was wrong and that what had upset me was good and necessary, and even gave graphic descriptions of why it was so necessary (which was an... »

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