My Best Friend Died by Suicide & I Want to Bring Awareness

I lost my best friend Danny to suicide on May 7, 2012.

Danny was one of the funniest, sweetest guys I have ever met. I shared with him my love for my grandmother and spaghetti at Denny’s. One night cooking at my apartment he…

Every time someone “goes public” about a mental illness, they chip away at the culture of secrecy that surrounds it. And the more of us do it, the harder it’ll be to deny us jobs, cut off friendships with us, continue believing that we’re weak and lazy, and be ashamed of us.

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Anonymous asked:
How the psychoanalytical and the behavior focus explain psychopathology?

Okay, psychoanalytical tends to focus on early development as a source for any problems and see’s repressed unconscious desires, delays in the early psychosexual development stages [ie. anal, oral etc.] as reasons for maladaptive behaviour. They do not view it as biological, instead of looking for an underlying medical cause they focus on recovering unconscious reasons as to why a person has developed a disorder. Considering what we know about the biological underpinnings of psychopathology very, very few people would subscribe to this approach and psychoanalysis in general has fallen out of favour with the psychological community.

Behaviourism operates under the belief that all behaviour, including maladaptive abnormal behaviour, is learned. This can be through learned associations, reinforcement of behaviour, or modelling our behaviour on others. It also believes that these behaviours can be ‘unlearned’. It’s actually quite an effective approach in terms of treating phobia’s, addictions and psychosexual disorders - which do involve associative learning a lot of the time. However, it doesn’t really address or prove to be an effective approach in other areas of psychopathology.

Breaking Stigmatism: Understanding Depression in a Friend or Family Member


· Depression is a serious condition. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of depression. Depression drains a person’s energy, optimism, and motivation. Your depressed loved one can’t just “snap out of it” by sheer force of will.

· The symptoms of…

Anonymous asked:
Is it possible for my anxiety and severe depression to have developed into a psychosis? I was put on an anti psychotic along with an anti depressant. When I am tired, or it has been too long since my last dose, I just completely lose it when dealing with a particularly upsetting topic. I alternate between laughing and crying, and babble about things that pertain to nothing. I feel a distinct lack of control and the desire to harm myself.

Yes, there is such a thing as depression with psychotic symptoms, as well as schizoaffective disorder which is characterised by psychotic symptoms with major mood disturbances.  I would talk to your psychiatrist about this, they may need to change your dose or reassess your diagnosis if they are unaware of the psychosis [although I’m assuming if you’re on an antipsychotic they are aware]. Antipsychotic’s should be controlling the psychotic symptoms, so the fact that you are experiencing them while on this drug means that a different antipsychotic may be of more benefit.

Anonymous asked:
Is it wrong that I'm in love with my twin brother? (I'm a guy) I want to know. I don't exactly feel bad about it, but I really want to know if it's something that happens just because it does and it's not abnormal or if it's the result of a mental illness, issue, traumatizing event, etc. Please, answer :(

A feeling/attraction/thought in itself is not wrong. A behaviour that can hurt someone is wrong. So the fact that you are in love with your brother is not necessarily wrong, or at least to me - from a moral stand point. I think that things like this can happen, if you’re close to someone, if you love someone, if you grow up with someone, then there is a chance you will grow attracted to them in some way. It is not indicative of a mental illness, although incestuous relationships are clearly frowned upon in most societies, but one attraction [I’m assuming that by ‘in love’ you mean that you are sexually attracted to him, as having affection and love for your brother in any other sense is expected] does not necessarily mean you are mentally ill. 

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