Can the trend of being kind and understanding extend to neuro divergent children please?
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i just saw someone talking about this on my dash and so here’s a reminder from your friendly neighborhood suicide survivor:
those generic posts about strangers who love us don’t mean shit to anyone who’s suicidal. they’re pure inspiration porn and nothing else, white noise at best, because mentally illness adds an implicit “…except for me” at the end of any generic positive statements.
the best and only way to let someone who is suicidal know you care about them is to actively reach out and talk to them. you must initiate conversations. letting people know that they can talk to you is nice but it’s not enough, because suicidality is an overwhelming and often paralyzing thing.
1000% agree. I actually have a great support system, online and off. But I often don’t reach out, because MI tells me “no one really wants to hear about it, suck it up and deal on your own, loser.” Having people who initiate conversations, even just say “I’m sorry, that sucks,” is vital.
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Can people who aren’t psychotic stop acting like it’s the worse thing in the world if people who are psychotic aren’t on meds for their psychosis, like someones not immediately dangerous because of their psychosis. you can, believe it or not, Like having hallucinations and other factors of psychosis, stop treating psychotic people like shit because you think they need meds pr else they should be hospitalized
YES. when I got hospitalized, the first thing they did was put me on a ton of antipsychotics that made my situation WORSE.
meds aren’t helpful for all psychotic people.
sucks so many programs want you on meds if you have psychosis before joining
antipsychotics are by far the worst drugs I’ve ever taken in terms of side effects, they made it so that I literally could not stop moving or I would feel sick. it was hell.
I absolutely believe drugs are important etc etc but I wish those people who basically refuse to associate with the mentally ill unless we take meds understood just how deeply physically/emotionally taxing those meds can be.
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God fucking bless the “worried well” who seek psychotherapy. They can mostly keep their lives/jobs/families running, but want an increase in their mood or quality of life, and come to me for a tune-up. They talk about existential questions and childhood dreams and personal fulfillment, and worry that they’re “whining” or “taking up [my] valuable time.”
I like them for them, of course; I find their lives and worries interesting and valuable, and enjoy the work we do together. But also?
They make the more “serious” work I do possible. People with the greatest need for therapy are frequently the least able to pay for it. When one of my clients loses their job and benefits, they need therapy more, not less. And in private practice I can only afford to keep treating them for free if I have enough people on my caseload who are paying me full price. My ability to volunteer at a homeless shelter and talk to them about grief and trauma is strongly dictated by how many upper-middle-class people pay me $200 an hour to talk about optimal job performance.
And emotionally, it is an honest fucking joy sometimes to get out of a session with someone whose childhood abuse makes their entire life difficult, and spend an hour talking to one of my worried writer clients about anxiety management and creativity and nothing too deeply painful.
So if you’ve ever paid a therapist but felt self-indulgent or whiny or like your problems “weren’t serious enough”: please know you’re valuable and important. Not just for yourself (though you are), but because your presence in that therapy room makes a lot of other things possible.
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here’s the thing: trump is not mentally ill and his behavior isn’t indicative of mental illness–it’s indicative of white supremacy
so no there’s no point in pop psychologists diagnosing him for clickbait articles and for people to make snappy tweets and posts about his sanity
it’s not funny and it does nothing but reinforce the stigma around mental illness and perpetuate the belief that mentally ill people are inherently dangerous and abusive
ive said it once and i’ll say it again on many posts, the person who wrote the section on narcissistic personality disorder literally said to stop using the term “narcissist” or “mentally ill” for trump because he clearly doesnt have any sort of cluster-b personality disorder or mental illness:
“Allen Frances says he’s tired of “amateur diagnosticians” insisting that U.S. President Donald Trump has narcissistic personality disorder. And he should know. As the chair of the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, Frances literally helped write the definition of NPD.
“When people are bad, they should be labelled appropriately and denounced for their behaviours. We should not use mental illness to slur someone,” he said. “It’s a very strange society that thinks that it’s somehow worse to call Donald Trump mentally ill than to call him evil.” – Allen Frances, the writer of the DSM for NPD.
Asked why he felt the need to respond, Frances told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann: “I don’t think Donald Trump qualifies for a mental disorder.” ”
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