did-you-kno: Yelling, venting, or punching a pillow when…

did-you-kno:

Yelling, venting, or punching a pillow
when you’re mad only makes you angrier
in the long run. This trains your brain
to associate anger with aggression and
creates a counterproductive cycle: the
aggression makes you feel better, the
rush you get from being angry then
becomes addictive, and you end up
forming a habit. Basically, allowing
yourself to lash out in anger is like
getting drunk to control your
urge to drink. Source Source 2

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luciferapollyon: coldalbion: grace-and-ace: neddythestylish: memelordrevan: rosslynpaladin: iamt…

luciferapollyon:

coldalbion:

grace-and-ace:

neddythestylish:

memelordrevan:

rosslynpaladin:

iamthethunder:

s8yrboy:

“If autism isn’t caused by environmental factors and is natural why didn’t we ever see it in the past?”

We did, except it wasn’t called autism it was called “Little Jonathan is a r*tarded halfwit who bangs his head on things and can’t speak so we’re taking him into the middle of the cold dark forest and leaving him there to die.”

Or “little Jonathan doesn’t talk but does a good job herding the sheep, contributes to the community in his own way, and is, all around, a decent guy.” That happened a lot, too, especially before the 19th century.

Or, backing up FURTHER

and lots of people think this very likely,

“Oh little Sionnat has obviously been taken by the fairies and they’ve left us a Changeling Child who knows too much, and asks strange questions, and uses words she shouldn’t know, and watches everything with her big dark eyes, clearly a Fairy Child and not a Human Like Us.”

The Myth of the Changeling child, a human baby apparently replaced at a young age by a toddler who “suddenly” acts “strange and fey” is an almost textbook depiction of autistic children.

To this day, “autism warrior mommies” talk about autism “stealing” their “sweet normal child” and have this idea of “getting their real baby back” which (in the face of modern science)  indicates how the human psyche actually does deal with finding out their kid acts unlike what they expected.

Given this evidence, and how common we now know autism actually is, the Changeling myth is almost definitely the result of people’s confusion at the development of autistic children.

Weirdly enough, that legend is now comforting to me.

I think it’s worth noting that many like me, who are diagnosed with ASD now, would probably have been seen as just a bit odd in centuries past. I’m only a little bit autistic; I can pass for neurotypical for short periods if I work really hard at it. I have a lack of talent in social situations, and I’m prone to sensory overload or you might notice me stimming.

But here’s the thing: life is louder, brighter and more intense and confusing than it has ever been. I live on the edge of London and I rarely go into the centre of town because it’s too overwhelming. If I went back in time and lived on a farm somewhere, would anyone even notice there was anything odd about me? No police sirens, no crowded streets that go on for miles and miles, no flickery electric lights. Working on a farm has a clear routine. I’d be a badass at spinning cloth or churning butter because I find endless repetition soothing rather than boring.

I’m not trying to romanticise the past because I know it was hard, dirty work with a constant risk of premature death. I don’t actually want to be a 16th century farmer! What I’m saying is that disability exists in the context of the environment. Our environment isn’t making people autistic in the sense of some chemical causing brain damage. But we have created a modern environment which is hostile to autistic people in many ways, which effectively makes us more disabled. When you make people more disabled, you start to see more people struggling, failing at school because they’re overwhelmed, freaking out at the sound of electric hand dryers and so on. And suddenly it looks like there’s millions more autistic people than existed before.

“…disability exists in the context of the environment.”

Reblog for disability commentary.

Bingo!

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nieljosten: so this is a shoutout 2 everyone with ocd no matter what ur obsessions are whether they…

nieljosten:

so this is a shoutout 2 everyone with ocd no matter what ur obsessions are whether they are impulsive thoughts about germs, inappropriate sexual intrusive thoughts, or violent intrusive thoughts, etc etc ur still an incredible and good person and ur thoughts dont define u!! also a special s/o to those w/issues with false memories ok they suck and they arent u ok ur beautiful

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thatadhdfeel: tadhdfw my (adhd) friend is out of medicine and asks if i have adderall: “oh my god…

thatadhdfeel:

tadhdfw my (adhd) friend is out of medicine and asks if i have adderall: “oh my god yes poor thing here ive got some extra” (dumps out a pile) “LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE I KNOW HOW BAD U FEEL

when someone without adhd asks for adderall: “for $500 i might consider it & also fuck you”

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did-you-kno: You can reduce social anxiety if you try to view…

did-you-kno:

You can reduce social anxiety if you
try to view your circumstances from a
positive angle. For example: ‘It’s not
a job interview; it’s a chance to meet
new people.’ Psychologists say most
situations can be re-envisioned in this
way, and studies show people who
do this naturally tend to feel less
anxious about stressful social
events than those who try to
suppress their anxiety. Source Source 2

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Let’s Talk About ADHD

missmentelle:

Of all the mental disorders out there, none is taken less seriously than ADHD. Lots of people believe that it’s made up. Some people believe that ADHD is nothing more than bad parenting. And plenty of people believe that it’s an excuse to medicate otherwise normal children. But here’s the thing:

ADHD is a very real disorder, and it profoundly affects the lives of those who have it. 

Let’s look at some facts about people with ADHD:

– 35% of teens with ADHD will not complete high school – that’s double the dropout rate of average teens.

– 30% of kids with ADHD will fail a year of school, or be required to repeat a grade.

– 45% of kids with ADHD get suspended from school at some point.

– Only 5% of teens with ADHD will earn a college degree, compared to 28% of the general population.

– Only 0.06% of people with ADHD will earn a graduate degree, compared to 5.4% of the general population.

– They have four times as many car accidents as the general population.

– They are 4 to 9 times more likely to go to prison.

– They are 11 times more likely to be unemployed.

– 61% will be fired at some point, compared to 43% of the average population.

– They earn, on average, $2 less per hour than their non-ADHD counterparts.

– They run a significantly higher lifetime risk of depression, anxiety, and antisocial disorders than people without ADHD.

ADHD is not a made-up disorder; it is a very real thing that has a profound effect on the lives of people who have it. 

So what other myths about ADHD are floating around?

Contrary to popular belief, ADHD is under-diagnosed. While there is some evidence to suggest that little boys are being over-diagnosed with it, girls are being grossly under-diagnosed. Teachers and parents’ are quick to recognize the disorder in boys; girls with ADHD, on the other hand, are dismissed as ‘ditsy’ or ‘spacey’, preventing them from getting the help they need. Doctors estimate that ADHD occurs equally in boys and girls, but boys are six times more likely to be diagnosed and treated.

ADHD is not a childhood disorder. Studies have found that anywhere from 30% to a whopping 80% of childhood cases of ADHD continue on into adulthood, affecting sufferers for the rest of their lives. Even when cases don’t continue, the education gaps created in early years can affect a person long into adulthood.

– ADHD is not caused by diet. The vast majority of cases of ADHD are genetic. Other major causes include prenatal exposure to alcohol, and traumatic brain injuries. No cases are caused by food dyes, or excessive consumption of sugar.

ADHD is not a “short attention span”. People with ADHD do not lack attention spans, they lack the ability to regulate their attention. When people with ADHD discover an activity that highly interests them, they can focus on it single-mindedly for hours, ignoring all other activities, much like you’d see in autism. 

ADHD medication doesn’t turn kids into “zombies”. At least, not if they’re on the right one. The medications prescribed for ADHD are not addictive or dangerous. In kids with ADHD, the proper dose of of the right medication can ease symptoms and allow children to regulate their attention and control their impulses. Untreated children with ADHD are more likely to grow up to be drug or alcohol addicts; medication significantly reduces that risk. 

ADHD is one of the most common mental illnesses that any of us will encounter, but despite that, it remains poorly-understood, and is not treated as a serious disorder. People have grown skeptical of the disorder entirely, and look down on cases of ADHD as poor parenting or simple ‘drug-pushing’. The reality is that ADHD can make it extremely difficult to lead a normal life or achieve goals, and no one should look down on the treatments that make it possible for so many people to function. 

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adhighdefinition: 30 Essential Ideas you should know about ADHD:…

adhighdefinition:

30 Essential Ideas you should know about ADHD: Inhibition, Impulsivity, and Emotion

“So now we can begin to understand the numerous social problems that ADHD children are prone to because it arises from this aspect of the inhibitory deficit.
Suffice to say it explains the road rage during driving, the job dismissals which are not the result of inattentiveness but of being too quick to anger, too quick to express raw emotions in the workplace of which employers are not tolerant, especially if it occurs with a customer. And it also explains to us the marital difficulties and the parenting difficulties these children may be prone to. Because the single best predictor of marital problems in the adult with ADHD is not distractibility, it is emotion.”

Dr. Russell A Barkley explains it so well. Please watch the whole video if you truly want to understand what people with ADHD are going through. Bless this man for understanding that this disorder is NOT just about attention difficulties.

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