Psychological problems and the treatments within you
Psychological problems and the treatment is within you Why isn’t pulling your hair considered a socially acceptable way of dealing with distress while smoking is? The worst case scenarios ...
Psychological problems and the treatment is within you
Why isn’t pulling your hair considered a socially acceptable way of dealing with distress while smoking is?
The worst case scenarios are becoming bald and death from lung cancer respectively. Why are my relatives so concerned about my hair?
Because it should hurt. It does hurt. That puts most of us off pulling our hair. Hence it's not unacceptable because of a logical reason, it's not acceptable because it’s unusual. People like everyone to act similarly and process information similarly. They don't generally understand that different people deal with things differently.
Do you think your pain receptors or sensory experience is different to other people? Are your family concerned about something like sensory processing disorder? It's quite common in those ‘with Autism’ or as many prefer, ‘those who are Autistic’. Would they be concerned around that? Neuro diversity would perhaps give them a better understanding.
Why are depression and anxiety the most common mental illnesses?
Depression and anxiety are both common mental illnesses because, unlike things such as borderline personality disorder or schizophrenia, there are strong environmental causes for depression and anxiety.
Put less clumsily, the death of a loved one and stressful event at work are not going to cause something like schizophrenia or psychosis in most people (although high stress can cause a psychotic episode in people if they are not sleeping/are predisposed to it). But those two things happening at the same time can cause acute anxiety and severe depression. Anxiety and depression can easily come on due to situational triggers, whereas schizophrenia seems to have a strong genetic component. Of course, you can be genetically prone to anxiety, but it is easier to experience anxiety and depression because of things that happen in your life; things that eventually happen in all of our lives.
What ended up happening?
I broke myself down. I tore myself apart. I was my harshest inner-critic. I belittled myself for not doing this, and not being that. Instead I took myself out of the present moment and found myself debilitated in making decisions to experience many aspects of life that others were able to experience, like dating, or travelling, etc.
I skipped out on all of those experiences.
Because I was not making any decisions! Just sitting on the sidelines wanting to act, but never could. My mind would mess with me, wondering about the what-ifs.
It hurt. I was trying to break through this invisible wall. A wall that I had set up myself—against myself.
There is always a source for your anxiety and depression (assuming we are discussing them in a non-clinical manner). There is a key factor. You have to drill down to the source and dig into your past to learn and understand why. There is something in your past that was unresolved. I found mine. I accepted what happened. I analyzed it. I learned and I made my peace with it and I finally moved on.
I urge you to do the same, to take action for yourself and to also take it a day at a time. Talk to yourself. Talk to yourself positively. Give yourself some credit and embrace your mistakes. Learn from them, accept them and move on.
Never belittle yourself.
“Do not forget to bet on yourself. You will end up surprising yourself in a great way.”
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