Another CBD Oil Update

Another CBD Oil Update

Background

For those of you who may be new to my blog, I suffer from anxiety and depression. I have tried multiple other things including therapy, medication, dietary changes and more to help with the symptoms. The reason I say cope with the symptoms is because in my opinion a lot of mental illnesses have no permanent cure. I know that it is possible with some but when it comes to depression and anxiety many of us are forced to live with it. The only way we can go back to functioning normally is learning how to cope with the symptoms or attempting to decrease them. That’s what medication generally does- it gets rid of the symptoms.

However, medication did not work for me so I started looking for other alternatives. About two years ago I began using CBD oil in an attempt to decrease or manage my symptoms better. At that point, I had been suffering from depression and anxiety for a few years so I had gotten to a point where I was ignoring the symptoms and just doing my best to live a normal life.

When I first began using CBD oil, I noticed an instant change. I had been using it for a day or two and already I was feeling better. My depression and anxiety had decreased significantly, my insomnia had gone away completely, I could concentrate better, I had more energy and I just felt a lot better in general both mentally and physically.

I shared my experience and then wrote another post with an update a little while after that. Since, I’ve been using it for about two years now I thought I would write another update especially since I mentioned it on a post last week and many people seemed to be interested in CBD oil and a couple of people asked about it or said they would be interested in learning more about it.

Dose/Amount

I usually get asked about this so I thought I would start out talking about how much I take. When I first began using CBD oil I took about three drops every night about half an hour before I went to bed. After using it daily for a while, my brain seemed to be producing more serotonin (this is my guess since it helped me feel happier, more stable, digest food better and concentrate better which is what serotonin does) on its own so I stopped using it every day.

I began using it for two days and skipping the third day. After a few weeks of this, I began taking it every other day. At the moment I take it once every two or three days depending on how I’m feeling.

My body has not become resilient to its effects at all and if anything I need it less often the longer I take it which is great.

Anxiety

The CBD oil really helped with my anxiety and just calming down my brain in general. I have one of those brains that never shut up so I used to be constantly overwhelmed which began effecting my sleep and I began suffering from insomnia due to this. However, CBD oil didn’t exactly slow down my brain but it helped me organise my thoughts better if that makes any sense. Like before, I was going from 0 to 100 in like 10 seconds but with CBD oil I’m a lot calmer.

I have social anxiety so interacting with humans isn’t something I’m great at naturally but CBD oil helped me feel more relaxed which meant it was easier for me to socialise and not be so quiet around people. I actually started interacting with others more, having fun and just enjoyed socialising in general.

I once read someone describing having anxiety as that feeling you get when you’re rocking you’re chair and are about to fall but having that feeling all the time and that was pretty accurate for me. With CBD oil that feeling kind of went away which was nice.

Of course, CBD oil is not some magic cure so I’m still a more anxious person that someone without an anxiety disorder but my anxiety has decreased significantly and the symptoms are manageable enough that they don’t interfere with my life. I still get anxious sometimes but it’s never so much that it stops me from doing what I want to.

Depression

I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll mention this again. With depression, I didn’t really realise I was depressed until I started taking CBD oil and the symptoms of depression began to go away. I began to actually enjoy things, had the energy to get out of bed, felt excitement and enthusiasm again and this was a big one- I actually began genuinely laughing again. It was like this cloud over my head had suddenly disappeared. I know it sounds cliché but that’s really how it was.

I began enjoying the small thing again like rainbows and nature. I wanted to create art again, write again and so much more. It was nice to feel enthusiastic again.

Again, CBD oil isn’t a magic cure- I still feel sad or depressed sometimes. I still cry over dumb things. I still don’t want to get out of bed once in a while. And that’s okay. CBD oil has just significantly decreased the symptoms and I can deal with occasionally feeling sad every few months rather than feeling that way every day.

Side Effects

Since,  CBD oil isn’t technically a medication I don’t know if you can call these side effects but I just wanted to mention them because obviously nothing is perfect and some people may experience certain things due to using CBD oil.

I got really great sleep but for the first few months of using CBD oil I did have really vivid dreams. I found them very enjoyable because I love taking notes about all my dreams and trying to analyse them and stuff but I know not everyone would enjoy vivid dreams so this is something I would look out for.

For the first few months, my mouth and eyes were kind of dry which is pretty normal for most cannabis products but if you’re someone who doesn’t drink a lot of fluids you may want to drink more water than you normally do if you start using CBD oil.

Final Thoughts

As I always say on my mental health posts, if you think you or a loved one is suffering from a mental illness or mental health problems please speak to someone and preferably seek professional help. At least get a proper diagnosis first so you can deal with it accordingly.

If you are taking other medications or don’t know how much CBD oil would be the right amount for you make sure to talk to a healthcare professional about it and they will help you figure out what would work best for you.

I know a lot of people talk about CBD oil in order to promote something and I feel like CBD oil has kind of been ruined by annoying influencers trying to push it as some sort of magic cure for everything. That’s why I was so skeptical about it myself. And that’s why I always refrain from mentioning any companies in these posts because I don’t want my posts to be bias. I have been approached by a number of CBD oil brands but I haven’t worked with any of them because I know that if I do the results may be tainted. Even if I consciously try to be unbias I’ll probably subconsciously still be a little bias. I don’t know if that makes any sense because I’m a bit distracted today.

Finally, I would recommend giving CBD oil a try if you are looking for alternatives to medication because I know that not everyone finds medications beneficial and different things work for different people. I can’t guarantee that CBD oil will change your life but it did change mine so I would definitely recommend trying it out. If it works for you that’s great and if not you can try out other things.


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Natural Remedies For Depression

Natural Remedies For Depression

Introduction

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you are probably aware that I suffer from anxiety and depression. I haven’t talked too much about it recently but I decided to start talking about mental health more regularly again. I talk about my anxiety more than depression but I decided to talk about depression in this post.

I understand that a lot of people choose to take medication for their depression especially if it’s more severe which is perfectly fine but I personally have chosen to use natural methods to help me reduce the symptoms of depression. I tried medication but it did not work for me. If you are interested in how I use natural methods to reduce my depression keep reading. I think natural methods work really well for some people and even if you do take medication for depression there’s really no harm in trying these since they’ll help too.

CBD Oil

CBD oil has been really helpful with both my anxiety and depression. When I first started hearing about it I was pretty skeptical. Mostly, because it was coming from influencers who were pretty obviously sponsored so it was hard for me to take them seriously. It seemed like they were exaggerating the benefits and I had seen a lot of people try to sell all kinds of crap in the name of curing mental health problems so I thought this was one of those things.

However, thankfully, I caved in and decided to try it for myself. I started using CBD oil daily and the benefits were almost instant. I started to feel so much less anxious, I could concentrate better, my insomnia went away and I started to feel happy again.

This story might sound really sad but it’s actually a happy memory for me I promise. After taking CBD oil for a few days I started to find things interesting and fun again and I remember the exact turning point for me. I was on a bus on my way back home from university and was talking to a friend and we were joking about something and I laughed. Like I laughed for the first time in years. I mean, I obviously laugh at stuff but not like this. I usually found things mildly amusing and laughed for the sake of it but this was a genuine laugh. I’ve been laughing ever since- to a point where it’s concerning actually. Just kidding!

But yeah, that was the moment where it really hit me. I didn’t realise how depressed I was till I wasn’t anymore. I know it sounds weird but that was my experience and I always want to keep it real with you guys.

So, if you are looking for a sign to try CBD oil this is it. It has helped me a lot and I hope it can help others out there too.

Yoga And Meditation

Daily yoga and meditation is something else that has really helped me a lot when it comes to my mental health. The benefits of yoga and meditation don’t show up instantly so you do have to be patient but over time it came be life changing.

Both help you to control your mind and emotions and consequently help you deal with your problems in a healthy way. They also help to better your energy and make you feel more positive. I feel like when I skip either my day just feels off now.

I find meditation particularly helpful because I always had a hard time dealing with my problems. With meditation, I can sit down and really think about them without feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions. Personally, I still feel the negative emotions but meditation has helped me acknowledge and deal with them in a healthy way.

Proper Routine

Having a proper routine and taking care of your body is also super helpful. Having a schedule, sleeping on time, eating healthy, getting exercise and self-care can be extremely beneficial for people with mental health problems like depression.

When I first went vegan. I began eating much healthier than before and over time I felt so much better and still do. I have much more energy now. Eating healthy is also totally possible on a non-vegan diet it’s just I wasn’t eating that healthy before but going vegan pushed me to eat healthier. Cheetos not being vegan may have saved my life…

But seriously, eating healthy on a daily basis, sleeping well, exercising and taking care of yourself makes a big difference for your mental health. I always think about it like this- if you were physically unwell you would be told to rest, eat healthy etc. so why not do that when you’re mentally unwell.

Conclusion

I really hope all these tips were beneficial for you. If you have any questions or would like me to elaborate on anything feel free to leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible. I am always happy to share my mental health journey with you guys in the hopes that it will help others going through something similar.

Dealing with things naturally is great but they are much milder and often take longer to work. If you feel like they aren’t working for you please seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with seeking help and it can be extremely beneficial to do so.


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Free Self-Care Practices You Should Try

Free Self-Care Practices You Should Try

The Importance Of Self-Care

With the incredibly fast life we are living it is incredibly important for us to set aside some me time where we can enjoy our hobbies or simply do nothing for a little while. I know first hand how difficult life can get and I absolutely know that carving out some me time is much easier said then done. However, it is still incredibly vital that we take some time out of our busy schedules to relax and unwind.

Last year was my fourth year as a university student and those two semesters were extremely tough- especially the last one where I ended up taking three very demanding courses. I got through it but by the end I felt incredibly exhausted and I really just did not want to do anything at all for a little while. I ended up taking a semi-break from blogging and a full break from everything else and during this time I did things that I enjoyed without having to put a crazy amount of effort into. It really helped me feel better and regain my enthusiasm for the things I had kind begun to lose interest in.

One of the most important things I did was listen to my physical and mental health and do a bunch of self-care things that made me feel really pampered and amazing. Of course, as a full-time student my budget was pretty much non-existent and so I ended up finding a bunch of things I could do for free instead that would still be considered self-care but that wouldn’t cost me my next semesters fees lol!

Since these really helped me I decided to share them with you guys in case any of you were looking for ways to pamper yourself a little this summer!

Reconnect With Nature

I don’t know why but nature always makes me feel better even when I’m not feeling my best. I think nature is one of those things that’s just out there for free but we often forget to appreciate just how much it does for us as well as how beautiful it is.

Going for a stroll or just sitting outside next to the trees and plants makes me feel so alive again and really helps clear my mind. The other day I was taking a walk with my sister and was lucky enough to capture the video I have added above. The bee was absolutely adorable and the flowers were so beautiful.

Nature is completely free and all around us so the first self-care tip I want to share is take a walk and connect with nature. It will make you feel so much better no matter how stressed out you are.

Reconnect With Your Inner Child

One thing I have really enjoyed doing is taking a break from adulting and trying some things that I really enjoyed doing as a child or things I always wanted to do as a child. I have shared a lot about doing art again and it’s been incredibly fun. I feel like art was one of those things that I truly enjoyed doing as a child but kind of forgot about as an adult. It feels great reconnecting with my artsy side and even though my drawings aren’t the greatest things ever they have been a lot of fun to do. I started drawing on an app called IbisPaint- I tried a lot of apps but this was the easiest to use on my phone.

Another things I liked to do as a child that I stopped doing as an adult was playing games on the computer. If you’re a 90’s/2000’s kid you know exactly what I’m talking about. We had the best computer games- they were super simple compared to the stuff we have now but they were just so much fun. Recently, I found a site that offers similar games for free and I have to admit I have been playing them almost every day since I found a site that offers a really large number of online games for free. I used to love Pinball which is one of the games I play on that site as well as. Another one is Tetris- I used to play that all the time! And my favourite is of course Open Restaurant which is super similar to a game my sister and I played together. Playing these games makes me so nostalgic and I was telling my sister about it some time ago and she ended up getting super into it too lol! If you want to try playing any of these games and more for yourself feel free to check out the site here. 

I was also super obsessed with makeup as a child but wasn’t allowed to use it until I got older. I sort of lost interest in it for a while but recently I’ve been experimenting a lot more with makeup and trying new looks. If you follow me on Instagram you will probably know what I’m talking about. It’s been a lot of fun and a great stress reliever.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is tap into your inner child and do the things you enjoyed when growing up. It will bring back all these amazing memories and remind you of a time when you were more carefree. A lot of these things like art, playing online games, maybe learning an instrument etc. is totally free and a lot of fun.

Do Nothing

I feel like we have become so used to always doing something that we forget that sometimes we need to enjoy doing absolutely nothing. I think we are so conditioned to believe that if we are not being productive we are wasting our time but that’s absolutely not true. Yes, we absolutely should try to be as productive as we can be but that should not be at the cost of our mental health.

Sometimes, self-care doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy. In fact, it doesn’t have to be anything at all. It could just be sleeping in, ordering takeout and having a good time watching a movie or binge watching your favourite TV show *cough Grey’s Anatomy cough.*

As an adult we need to be careful to always push ourselves but not to the point where it effects our physical and mental health. Very often we push ourselves too hard and the best form of self-care in these situations is learning when your body needs to take a break and do absolutely nothing for a while. And you know what the best part of doing nothing is? It’s doing nothing lol! It’s free, takes zero effort and can be done anywhere!

Your Thoughts

Do you practice self-care? What are some of your self-care tips? What are some ways through which you pamper yourself? Do you enjoy nature? What computer games did you enjoy playing as a child? What are some childhood activities you loved? Let me know in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi because I love chatting with you in the comments!


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Blogger Interview With Maxwell McArthur

Blogger Interview With Maxwell McArthur

It was absolutely wonderful to have Maxwell McArthur on lifesfinewhine for this interview. His blog discusses mental health and as you guys know I think it’s extremely important to openly talk about mental health to help reduce the stigma around mental health and mental health illnesses. That’s why I was happy to have Maxwell on here to talk a little more about his blog and his experiences with schizophrenia. I really hope you guys take a minute to go over and check out his blog which will be linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Thank you so much for having me. I’ve enjoyed reading some of your blogger interviews and I’m excited to be a part of one.

My name is Maxwell MacArthur and I have schizophrenia. My blog explores mental illness and in particular schizophrenia. Outside of schizophrenia, I like to define myself around the things I enjoy which includes writing of all sorts, music, games, and art. I play the piano, guitar, and bass guitar. I enjoy all sorts of games from video games to board games to sports. I say all this because I fear that many people see folks with schizophrenia as a diagnosis when in fact we’re much more than that.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I’ve loved writing since I was a child. I’ve been writing poetry and stories since at least fourth grade, probably earlier, but my oldest concrete memory of writing and enjoying writing comes from the fourth grade. I felt that blogging would be a good creative outlet where I could further explore my love of writing. In addition to this, I felt that I had a lot to share with the world having the lived experience of schizophrenia.

3. Your blog discusses mental health and in particular schizophrenia which is great because I definitely think we need to talk more openly about mental health. What made you decide to share your experiences with mental health?

I decided to share my experience with mental health in the hopes that I would be able to help others. I have an ongoing series that explores the various symptoms of schizophrenia. I share these because all too often folks with schizophrenia don’t realize they have an illness. This results from a symptom called anosognosia (https://schizophreniablogonline.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/the-negative-symptoms-of-schizophrenia-and-where-ive-been/) or lack of insight. I hope that by sharing the symptoms I can help folks either recognize the symptoms in themselves or their loved ones so that the person suffering the symptoms can get help as early as possible as getting help early is associated with a better prognosis. Another goal of my blog is to end the stigma against schizophrenia. I work toward this in several ways. First of all, I try to get personal with my blog in order to show people that I am more than just a diagnosis. I also have a new but ongoing series of posts where I explore different depictions of schizophrenia in the media. For example, I talked in one post about a children’s cartoon episode called Skidzo-Brainia (https://schizophreniablogonline.wordpress.com/2021/02/21/32/) with thinly veiled references to schizophrenia and tried my best to correct the negative stigmas that the show perpetuated.

4. What is some advice you would give to someone suffering from mental health problems?

I would offer the advice to seek help as soon as they can. There’s no shame in getting help for mental health struggles. Therapy and medication can work wonders for mental health problems by working in tandem, so I would offer the advice to seek out both. There’s a particular stigma around antipsychotic medication and I go into detail in an older post on my blog (https://schizophreniablogonline.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/do-antipsychotics-do-more-harm-than-good/), but I and many other folks with schizophrenia that I have talked to have found that the positives of the medications greatly outweigh the downsides. Of course there are side effects, but the vast majority of people, albeit with some trial and error, are able to find a medication that works for their symptoms with minimal side effects. In short: don’t be afraid to seek help for mental health issues.

5. Has blogging affected your mental health in any way- either positively or negatively?

It has definitely had a positive impact. Writing has always been therapeutic for me so having another outlet where I can write about my experience has been wonderful.

6. Why do you think it’s important for us to talk about mental health more openly and end the stigma?

There are a couple of reasons. First, stigma is what stops many people from getting help. If we can end the stigma that keeps people out of therapy and off of medication, then we can get those people into therapy and on medications that will improve their condition and quality of life.

Second, stigma has and can lead to violence. I don’t necessarily want to get into specifics or real cases here as I don’t want to trigger anyone’s symptoms in any way, but there have been cases of violence against folks with mental health concerns including but not limited to people with schizophrenia. If we can end the stigma, we can end these instances of violence.

7. What is your favourite food?

Sushi! And yes, even the raw stuff.

8. What is your favourite movie?

Interstellar by Christopher Nolan with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Everything about that film is fantastic. Not many films can keep my attention for the whole thing, let alone one that’s nearly three hours long, but that movie is so good I can’t look away when I’m watching it. I’d give special props to things like the music, the acting, the special effects, the story line, but at the end of the day everything about that movie deserves extra props.

9. What are some of your favourite hobbies other than blogging?

I touched on this earlier, but I like writing, music, and games. I write poetry a lot as well as some short stories. I play a couple instruments and listen to music nearly all the time (listening to Chromatica by Lady Gaga as I write this). I also like any and all types of games.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

I think you have the bases covered, so nothing more to add other than one last thank you for the opportunity to participate in this.


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Dysfunction is Evidence of Our Humanness (Guest Post)

Dysfunction is Evidence of Our Humanness (Guest Post)

By Dr. Robert F. Mullen 

There is a joke that circulates among mental health professionals. Why do only 26% of people have a diagnosable mental disorder? Because the other 74% haven’t been diagnosed yet.

We are all psychologically dysfunctional in some way. “Mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their life” (Scientific American).

Why do we treat the mentally ill with contempt, trepidation, and ridicule? We are hard-wired to fear and isolate mental illness, and we have been misinformed by history and the disease model of mental health. There are four common misconceptions about psychological dysfunctions. They are (1) abnormal and selective, (2) consequence of behavior, (3) solely mental, and (4) psychotic.

Let us deconstruct these misconceptions, beginning with the latter.

A dysfunctional person is psychotic.

There are two degrees of mental disorder: neuroses and psychoses. When someone sees, hears, or responds to things that are not actual, they are having a psychotic episode. While few persons experience psychosis, everyone has moderate-and-above levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. We are universally neurotic. Since the overwhelming majority of mental disorders are neuroses, we are all dysfunctional to some extent.

A dysfunction is abnormal or selective. 

A neurosis is a condition that negatively impacts our emotional wellbeing and quality of life but does not necessarily impair or interfere with normal day-to-day functions. It is a standard part of natural human development. One-in-four individuals have a diagnosable neurosis. According to the World Health Organization, nearly two-thirds of those reject or refuse to disclose their condition. Including those who dispute or chose to remain oblivious to their dysfunction, we can conclude that mental disorders are common, undiscriminating, and impact us all in some fashion or another. Many of us have more than one disorder; depression and anxiety are commonly comorbid, often accompanied by substance abuse.

A dysfunction is the consequence of a person’s behavior. 

Combined statistics prove that 89% of neuroses onset at adolescence or earlier. In the rare event conditions like PTSD or clinical narcissism manifest later in life, the susceptibility originates in childhood. Most psychologists agree that they are consequence of childhood physical, emotional, or sexual disturbance. Any number of things can cause this. Perhaps parents are controlling or do not provide emotional validation. Maybe the child is subjected to bullying or from a broken home. Behaviors later in life may impact the severity but are not responsible for the neurosis itself. It is not the fault of the child/adolescent, nor reflective of their behavior. There is the likelihood no one is intentionally responsible. This disputes moral models that we are to blame for our disorder, or it is God’s punishment for sin.

A dysfunction is solely mental.

To early civilizations, mental illness was the domain of supernatural forces and demonic possession. Hippocrates and diagnosticians of the 19th century looked at the relative proportions of bodily fluids. Lunar influence, sorcery, and witchcraft are timeless culprits. In the early 20th century, it was somatogenic. The biological approach argues that dysfunction is related to the brain’s physical functioning, while pharmacology promotes it as a chemical or hormonal imbalance. However, the simultaneous mutual interaction of all human system components—mind, body, spirit, and emotions—is required for sustainability of life and sustainability of dysfunction.

The disease model focuses on the history of deficit behavior. The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) brief definition of neurosis contains the following words: distressing, irrational, obsessive, compulsive, dissociative, depressive, exaggerated, unconscious, and conflicts. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the APA, uses words like incapable, deceitful, unempathetic, manipulative, difficult, irresponsible, and incompetent. 

Moralists and the ignorant assume the ‘mental’ are weak and dishonorable, their behavior bizarre and illogical. The urban dictionary labels us silly or stupid. Adolescents derisively assign the term mental to the unpopular, different, and socially inept. These negative and hostile aspersions on our character are supported by public opinion, media misrepresentation, the mental healthcare industry, and the disease model of mental health.

This ‘defective’ emphasis has been the overriding psychiatric perspective for over a century. The disease model is the chief proponent of the notion that the mentally ill are dangerous and unpredictable. We distance ourselves and deem them socially undesirable. We stigmatize them. The irony is, we are them.

  • Over one-third of family members hide their relationship with their dysfunctional child or sibling to avoid bringing shame to the family. They are considered family undesirable, a devaluation potentially more life-limiting and disabling than the neurosis itself.
  • The media stereotypes neurotics as homicidal schizophrenics, impassive childlike prodigies, or hair-brained free-spirits. One study evidenced that over half of U.S. news stories involving the dysfunctional allude to violence.
  • Psychologists argue that more persons would seek treatment if psychiatric services were less stigmatizing. There are complaints of rude or dismissive staff, coercive measures, excessive wait times, paternalistic or demeaning attitudes, pointless treatment programs, drugs with undesirable side-effects, stigmatizing language, and general therapeutic pessimism.
  • The disease model supports doctor-patient power dominance. Clinicians deal with 31 similar and comorbid disorders, 400 plus schools of psychotherapy, multiple treatment programs, and an evolving plethora of medications. They cannot grasp the personal impact of a dysfunction because they are too focused on the diagnosis.

A recent study of 289 clients in 67 clinics found that 76.4% were misdiagnosed. An anxiety clinic reported over 90% of clients with generalized anxiety were incorrectly diagnosed. Experts cite the difficulty in distinguishing different disorders or identifying specific etiological risk factors due to the DSM’s failing reliability statistics. Mainstream medical authorities cite the poor reliability and validity, and inattention to human experience of DSM criteria. The recent head of the National Institute of Mental Health believes traditional psychiatric diagnoses have outlived their usefulness and suggests replacing or augmenting them with easily understandable descriptions of the issues.

Because of the disease model’s emphasis on diagnosis, we focus on the dysfunction rather than the individual. Which disorder do we find most annoying or repulsive? What behaviors contribute to the condition? How progressive is it, and how effective are treatments? Is it contagious? We derisively label the obvious dysfunctional ‘a mental case.’

Realistically, we cannot eliminate the word ‘mental’ from the culture. Unfortunately, its negative perspectives and implications promulgate perceptions of incompetence, ineptitude, and unlovability. Stigma, the hostile expression of someone’s undesirability, is pervasive and destructive. Stigmatization is deliberate, proactive, and distinguishable by pathographic overtones intended to shame and isolate. 90% of persons diagnosed with a mental disorder claim they have been impacted by mental health stigma. Disclosure jeopardizes livelihoods, relationships, social standing, housing, and quality of life.

The disease model assumes that emotional distress is merely symptomatic of biological illness. The Wellness Model focuses on the positive aspects of human functioning that promote our wellbeing and recognize our essential and shared humanity. The Wellness Model emphasizes what is right with us, innately powerful within us, our potential, and determination. Recovery is not achieved by focusing on incompetence and weakness; it is achieved by embracing and utilizing our inherent strengths and abilities.

Benefits of the Wellness Model

  • Revising negative and hostile language will encourage new positive perspectives
  • The self-denigrating aspects of shame will dissipate, and stigma becomes less threatening.
  • Doctor-client knowledge exchange will value the individual experience over the diagnosis.
  • Realizing neurosis is a natural part of human development will generate social acceptance and accommodation.
  • Recognizing that they bear no responsibility for onset will revise public opinion that an individual’s neurosis is the result of her or his behavior.
  • Emphasizing character strengths and virtues will positively impact the self-beliefs and image of the afflicted, leading to more disclosure, discussion, and recovery-remission.
  • Realizing proximity and susceptibility of dysfunction will address the desire to distance and isolate.
  • Emphasis on an individual’s value and potential will encourage accountability and foster self-reliance.

The impact of neurosis originates in childhood; recovery is a long-term commitment. The Wellness Model creates the blueprint and then guides and supports throughout the recovery process by emphasizing our intrinsic character strengths, virtues, and attributes that generate the motivation, persistence, and perseverance to recover.

The biblical adage treat others as you want to be treated takes on added relevance when we accept that we all experience mental disorders. In fact, dysfunction is evidence of our humanness.

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Dr. Robert F. Mullen is the director of ReChanneling Inc, an organization dedicated to the research and development of methods to mitigate symptoms of psychological dysfunction and discomfort.

A referenced copy of this article is available via rechanneling@yahoo.com.

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How To Keep A Positive Mindset

This is a collaboration post between Onome and I. I did a post for her blog a while back and she kindly wrote this amazing post for mine. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and don’t forget to go over and check out her amazing blog in which she writes about mental health, books, lifestyle and much more. The link to it can be found below.

By Onome Erikewe
Maintaining a positive mindset can be difficult to achieve even when all efforts are made. It can seem like an endless battle to hold on to positive thoughts. You might have even experienced feelings of nausea because you feel it is impossible to stay in a place of complete peace
If you are in that situation, then be ready to get your mind right with these tips.

  1. Allow space and time to work the magic – Give yourself the opportunity to stay calm. Don’t try to force the feeling of positivity. It will work naturally. Once your mind is in a place of stability, you will find it easy to focus on the right things.
  2. Listen to your gut- You always have a voice inside of you that tells you exactly how you are feeling. It can either be negative or positive. However, look for those areas that are positive and dwell on them.
  3. Develop a habit of positive self-talk – While it is easy to get stuck with negative thoughts, you should train your mind to think positively. How do you do that? It is a simple trick of becoming self-aware. Your mind works with your brain, so if you can make your brain believe positive things, that will also reflect on how your mind retains information. So quick exercise, try to think of something about yourself that makes you incredibly happy. Then, imagine that you are having that same experience now. How do you feel? Great I guess. Now, train your mind to say that thing out. That is how you master the art of positive self-talk. It comes with consistent practice. So keep practicing until you get better at it.
  4. Fix your mind on the present- It can be a hassle to stay focused on the present. However, fixing your mind on the ‘now’ rather than the ‘next’ could really save you the stress of thinking about the future especially in difficult times. Being anxious does not solve anything, it only amplifies the problem. You can check my page on ways to deal with anxiety where Pooja graciously gave tips on how to overcome anxiety in difficult times.
  5. Have a circle of positive people- This is a vital part of developing a positive mindset. Your network and the people you surround yourself with have a lot to do with your mindset. Make a deliberate effort to be in the circle of people who will encourage you and uplift you.

Did you enjoy this post? Please head on to my blog at https://onomespeaks.wordpress.com/ to enjoy more tips on personal development. I want to say a big thank you to Pooja for this opportunity to write for her blog. Thank you all and I hope you start taking action on these steps.
Cheering for you.
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Anxiety And Exercise (Guest Post)

By Abdul Amin
When I first realized that I was suffering from anxiety, I was going crazy stress  mentally. I couldn’t believe that I’ll be dealing with anxiety. I did what many people immediately did seek treatment. It was good talking to my doctor and offering medication for solution. I was also in search for therapist.

I wasn’t feeling all that went ahead with medication it didn’t work. I tried therapy it was boring. I tried every thing it didn’t work I’m really going crazy blaming my doctor for the failure. But something made me realize about natural cure. I was watching Rocky 4 the training scene which felt so real and natural. It’s all mentally and found a method of managing my anxiety and that is physical activity.

I failed to realize that exercise alone is powerful enough to reduce my anxiety. I started working out daily routine and build a incredible strong relationship with physical activity and anxiety. This move help me scale towards living an anxiety free life.

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Share Your Childhood Dreams

As a child I’m sure that you had that one big dream? A dream that you always wanted to make real? Possibly this dream was to be a doctor, perhaps a King, or Queen of an intergalactic galaxy. Well, whatever the dream is–No matter how Real, or Fictitious. You can also submit any nightmares you have as a child that you just can’t forget. And Please Go As In-Depth As Possible on any type of submission. 😀

NOTE: We Are Especially Interested In Any Recurring Daydreams You May Have Had As A Child

 

Changing Your Routine To Ease Your Anxiety

As you guys know I talk a lot about anxiety and my experience with it on this blog. I have received so much positive feedback from everyone which is so amazing and I really appreciate it. I’ve also received a lot of comments from people who are going through something similar and so I thought I would share what I’ve been doing recently to help ease my anxiety which has really been helping me a lot.

Technology- You’ve probably heard a lot of people say that technology is bad for people with anxiety or mental illness but I tend to argue against that. I don’t think technology is bad for your anxiety as long as you use it right. There is a lot of stuff that you can do that will worsen your anxiety but there are a lot of benefits too. For example, I love meditation apps (check out my favourite five here), yoga tutorials, and my recent favourite relaxation/meditation music. At the moment I have been listening to Aroshanti’s ‘Zen Relaxation’ album which is doing wonders for me. It is a mix of Japanese Shakuhachi and Chinese Dizi flutes, echoed with Tibetan chanting which has really been helping me relax. I usually listen to the tracks “Compassion”, “Inner Peace”, and “Inner Illumination” in the morning to help start my day with positivity and calmness and in the evening I usually listen to “Acceptance”, “Stillness of Zen” and “Inner Peace” which has really been helping with my insomnia.

     

Meditation/yoga- Meditation and yoga both in the morning and evenings is really helpful too and if you suffer from anxiety I would definitely recommend trying to meditate or do yoga for at least a few minutes everyday. Meditation has really helped me calm my mind and regain control of my feelings. Yoga is helping to control my body and mind as well as help me open up and be more in touch with my emotions.

     

Relaxation- A lot of times we are so preoccupied with our life we forget to slow down and just breathe. Seriously, try sitting down and just taking deep breaths! It is such a wonderful experience and really clears your mind and helps get rid of pent up energy/anxiety. I usually like to listen to “Acceptance” or when I feel stressed out I like to listen to “Searching Within Zen” by Aroshanti which helps me think logically and helps me find solutions to my problems without freaking out. You should definitely try taking a few minutes every morning and night to just relax and calm yourself down.

       

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Six Word Story #27

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. This six word story is how I feel about my anxiety. For more posts on mental health click here.

Always taunting me from a distance.

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