mental health, Pop Culture and Mental Health

Midsommar Terrified Me – But Not for the Reasons You Might Think

I am not a filmmaker, and I don't regularly review films - in fact I wasn't planning to write about it at all. What struck me as being so strange, so startling, was how the protagonist Dani's experience seemed to so well encapsulate my own life with Depersonalization Derealization Disorder.

Guest Bloggers, mental health

When Body Meets Brain

This week's post is by a guest blogger, Ashley L. Peterson. Typically a guest post would be uploaded the last week of the month, but with moving, a new job, new medication, and other responsibilities piling up and toppling on top of me, I haven't been able to get around to it. I just haven't… Continue reading When Body Meets Brain

mental health, Pop Culture and Mental Health

How Jake Peralta Represents ADHD for Many Neurodivergent Fans and Why it Matters

From the very first episode of Brooklyn 99 I found myself relating heavily to Jake Peralta, who is initially introduced as the show's protagonist. I had related to many ADHD-coded characters over the years without realizing it, but this was the first time that I could actively connected traits with my diagnosis. It was comforting to see someone successful as a police detective, even a fictional one, be successful with such obvious ADHD coding.

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What is dissociation?

Dissociation is also a good way of explaining “fight, flight, or freeze” with dissociation being the act of freezing. The brain feels that it cannot escape, and so attempts to leave the situation mentally. This is why people experiencing high levels of stress or perhaps traumatic events may not fight back - the brain is preventing them from doing so in an attempt to keep the harm to as much of a minimum as possible. It is an involuntary reaction and not the fault of the person experiencing it.

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Freshman Year

That year is, in a way, in pieces for me. Some pieces are clear with sharp, jagged edges that cut me like glass even now. Others are like fog I can put my fingers through without grasping, without feeling the edges, without knowing what to feel or what I felt then. Mental illness can really fuck with your memory of things, more than your brain can on its own. It’s terrifying to think that my version of events is, at best, my version - that everyone else’s was different, that everyone saw me in a different way, and that every time I remember this I am only remembering the last time I remembered it.

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A walk in the snow

This past Saturday, I found that winter had made its home outside my window. I opened my dark blue curtains and squealed with delight to see big, fluffy snowflakes falling steadily down outside. After I had eaten I found myself rushing to put on a coat and hat, cutting the ends of the fingertips off… Continue reading A walk in the snow

Guest Bloggers, mental health

OCD and Intrusive Thoughts

So my name is Liam. I come from a small market town where being weird can have its difficulties. Suffering with depression, anxiety, and OCD pure doesn't go down to well where I live. I am writing a blog once a week about my mental health and the highs and lows of my day to day life. I'll talk quiet frankly about my thoughts and feelings so maybe like minded people can read this and think, "oh, I'm not weird after all."


Dream a little dream of me

An older post about the experience of DPDR.

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It is difficult to describe something that you know, when spoken aloud, breathes an air of madness. It is harder still to write this thing down and know that others will read your words. It is a strange, vulnerable thing to be honest and open about difficulties in life of any kind, much less difficulties towards my state of being, my mind. I have no idea how you, the reader, will perceive what I’m going to say. It is a strange burden to know you must say something that you know not everyone will understand – or at least, you will never fully understand my reality. No matter how eloquently, how specifically I describe my state of mind, you will not be able to see the world as I see it. My reality, my words, are shaped in your mind by your reality, and your reality is shaped by my…

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Emerging Blogger Series: Elle Rose

I wrote a guest post on a mental health blog I rather admire. Check it out!

Mental Health @ Home

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It’s also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.

This post is by Elle Rose from Secretladyspider.

Art by Elle Rose: woman falling surrounded by ballloons

Explaining Derealization

I’m going mad again. Oh my god, I’m going mad again.

There’s something right outside the building, right outside the glass, but the world is flattened. It’s like we’re just some weird jigsaw puzzle and I will only exist if I go outside, but then if I go outside I won’t exist anymore. That’s it, isn’t it? But what sense does that make?

Should I just give up and give in to it? What am I fighting for?

The girl in the glass looks back at me with blue eyes…

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