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Peace From Panic!

Peace from Panic

I was just watching the news and saw something really exciting, I had to share.

A video has been released of Prince William and Lady Gaga FaceTiming — he in the United Kingdom and she across the ocean, at home in her kitchen. The issue they discussed?

Mental health.

How great is that? These two high-profile people are addressing the need to have conversations about mental health. You can see their FaceTime call here.

Prince William and Lady Gaga are trying to encourage more people to be open about mental illness. Their talk is part of the #oktosay Heads Together film series.

Lady Gaga recently admitted she has post traumatic stress disorder. She’s been speaking out about her challenges and the importance of not being ashamed of having a mental illness.

The royal family — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry — is committed to improving…

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Being Militant Regarding The Issues

This morning I read an article posted on Psych Central by A Journey With You. Here is the post and link to that article. It is an eye-opening article on mental illness. Do yourself a favor and give it a quick read.
Danny

A Journey With You

Some of you probably think I am militant in the way I address issues regarding the mentally ill. I often write about the use of discriminatory language, the inappropriate use of words, and jokes. I frequently address issues of treatment that I think are deplorable like prisons and the streets.

If you are wondering if I have a sense of humor, I do. I laugh every day. I just don’t laugh at the expense of others, their conditions, or their pain.

I am not as serious as I may appear here though. I think tough things need to be hit hard, and hit often for people to want to change them. Change is never easy, it is a slow process, and people who are passionate about the issues keep putting pressure on those issues over time.

I write about the slow but necessary route of change on my blog at…

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Taking Care Of Your Psyche

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A Journey With You

As we go through our day, we are often injured by the words or actions of others. Those injuries leave small (or large) wounds on our psyche.

Recently, I counted on someone to do something for me. It is something they said they would do for months, and then they didn’t follow through.  As I am going about my day, I occasionally think of this broken promise. The thought brings the disappointment, confusion, and pain to the surface. I can’t make sense of what this person did to me and the wound is still open.

There was another thing that caused me an injury recently. A stranger stole from me. This situation makes me feel pain on several levels. It makes me feel worse about people in general, it makes me feel less safe and trusting of doing something I previously had no concern about, and even though I don’t…

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Trying to explain Social Anxiety

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I have been trying to think of a good way to explain what goes on in my head when I go out. I think I did a pretty good job, judging from the comments, reblogs and likes in trying to explain depression. You can read that here. So here we go with social anxiety.

A woman, who doesn’t suffer from social anxiety goes to the shops. she leaves the house.  She is walking, on the way down thoughts such as what she is going to do for dinner, what games she might play when he son comes home from nursery, what she is going to watch tonight, maybe even planning a little trip for next year.

she enters the shop, goes and finds what she needs, and goes and pays,

She leaves, goes to cross over the road, and casually listens to the two ladies behind her.

And gets…

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That’s Entertainment?

Is society treating some mental illnesses like the old traveling Freak Shows? Maybe we need to stop gawking and start taking these illnesses seriously!

A Journey With You

I have written many times about how people love the sensational side of mental illness – straitjackets, lobotomies, people screaming, asylums, etc. It is easy to point out the sensational side of severe mental illness, but what about other types of mental illness (or not-wellness) that we are only starting to see, and still don’t understand? What about the popularity of shows like Hoarders, or My Strange Addiction? It is as if we love to be voyeurs peeking into the lives of people with mental health issues, and the more bizarre the symptoms, the higher the ratings.

I think this trend of putting people’s illnesses on display for others to be entertained by is disturbing. We are treating mental illness like the old time freak shows at the circus that people bought a ticket to, and attend while never considering that the people who are the “freaks” are real live…

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