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Now, don’t you worry about my strength. I have plenty.

(if we treated medical conditions the same as mental conditions)

I saw this and thought it was golden. Please don’t put down anybody who is suffering from one. I hate how society trivializes mental conditions as being unimportant. Do you know how they affect sufferers lives? Stop categorizing people by their disorders. Every single person is different. It’s unnecessary to generalize conditions. They are not crazy or absurd.

Feminism Tag and Trolls

I spent about an hour searching through the feminism tag (I felt like since I could stomach it I should do it) and found these trigger/4chan blogs and wrote down what they tagged the pictures under. DONT GO ON THESE TAGS!!! I hope this is at least a bit helpful

Blogs:

renamorcen

fuckyeahoffensiveshit

pussyjuice69

motivationalhitler

fuckingnignog

flyingpiratemonkey

imperialguard64

Tags:

depression

doctorwho

supernatural

sherlock

equality

feminist

feminism

mysogyny

veganism

animals

health

dogs

cats

puppies

coping

feel good

recovery

pstd

ptsd

flowers

happy

lol

art 

vintage

diy

pink

pastel

goth

anime

cute

selfie

me

cutting

harry potter

harry styles

poetry

attack on titan

marvel

captain america

homophobia

homosexuality

pansexual

free

superwholock

Now here are some cute and nice pictures:

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Have a nice day!

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i’ve been hesitating posting this but i feel as if it will make me feel a whole lot better. 

My whole entire life I’ve grown up as the stereotypical “girly girl”. Nobody really understands me, besides this man. This is a picture of my Great Grandpa Cornelius. My Pop Pop. This man is my hero. My Pop Pop was in the Army and served during WWII. I used to spend a lot of time with him and he used to tell me such amazing stories. When i was 13 he showed me the shrapnel in his shoulder that he got from an exploding tank nearby, and in that exact moment I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I knew I was going to join the military. I knew that I wanted to give back and serve my country. My Pop Pop is now 91 years old, and his health is depleting. He’s not all there mentally and suffers from PTSD. It’s sad to see him the way he is. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have him in my life. So I cherish every second I have left with him. He’s the only one that believes in me. Whenever I talk about joining with my parents or my friends they shut me out. Nobody wants to listen and they tell me I’m stupid and throwing my life away. Well the way I see it, I’m doing the most amazing thing any person in the world could do. I just cannot wait to prove everyone wrong. 

Sorry for rambling, and this may not mean anything to anyone on here, but it means so much to me. I just really want to make him proud.

WARning to Neuroscientists

Britain’s Royal Society recently released a report on the “possible benefits of neuroscience to military and law enforcement”. Areas of concentration are military training, performance enhancementneuropharmacology or "Botox for the Brain" (to combat fatigue or erase painful memories) and using fMRI for screening or recruiting and other types of task training. This isn’t new and it’s proposed in a positive light to improve military efficiency which translates into a big budget win.  

But in nearly the same breath of talking about neural processing research to help facilitate rehabilitation to wounded soldiers (i.e., trauma or prosthetic limbs), using these applications conversely against the enemy is ever so briefly mentioned.  An example of this would be development of neuro-weaponry like chemical or biological weapons, “anesthetic agents” that would modify or incapacitate the central nervous system of the enemy or that could be used in riot control. The report also mentions “the use of devices known as brain-machine interfaces (BMIs), which connects soldiers’ brains directly to military technology, such as drone aircraft and weapons.” [via]

So whats the big deal?  

"As a scientist I dislike that someone might be hurt by my work," Vince Clark, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of New Mexico, told the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "I want to reduce suffering, to make the world a better place, but there are people in the world with different intentions, and I don’t know how to deal with that." [via]

To which the Royal Society says, buck up (basically), stressing that researchers should just “be aware of the potential uses that your work may put to in the future.” [via

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Prof. Rod Flower, one of the members who chaired the report, suggests these investigations are similar to how GPS was first used by the military and now we are each basically a walking GPS, via cars and cell phones.  The idea that some of the applications above that governments are looking into might one day be so common place is very remarkable, part inevitable and possibly, deplorable.

The full report with recommendations - here.

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You have no obligation to be aesthesically beautiful. Most of us aren’t. You have, though, a different kind of beauty. Listen to the rythmic beats of your heart. Look at the healing of your damaged skin. Feel the warm of your own body. Smell the different flavors of the ambient that surrounds you. You are a beautiful creation of the nature. Every single cell of you proves it.

Updated Pages! Helpful Websites:

I updated my page of helpful websites- Go check out my links for extra help outside of tumblr:

Helpful Websites:

Stop Chasing Clouds

Kati Morton

Fuck Your Eating Disorder

Let’s Bandage it Up

Mental Illness Mouse

Mentally Ill; Strong Will

Stop the Pain Now

Survivors United

National Institute of Mental Health 

Psychology Today

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide Hotlines

Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Support

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

National Self Harm Network

S.A.F.E. Alternatives

National Eating Disorder Association

Something-fishy (ED information)

Binge Eating Disorder Association

National Eating Disorder Information Center 

National Association for Men with Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Hope Network

Ed Referral

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

End Sexual Violence

Missing Kids

Protection Project

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Drug Free

Above the Influence

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

PSTD Alliance

Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

International Bipolar Foundation

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

International OCD Foundation

PTSD and Anger

It is common for someone with (or in recovery from) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to experience anger. In fact, because the experience of anger is so common among people with PTSD, it is actually considered one of the hyper arousal symptoms of PTSD. Although anger can often lead to unhealthy behaviours (for example, substance use or impulsive behaviour , the experience of anger in and of itself is not a bad thing. It is a valid emotional experience that can provide you with important information.

The Facets and Functions of Anger

In general, even though emotions may often feel unpleasant or uncomfortable, they serve a very important purpose. Emotions are essentially our body’s way of communicating with us. Emotions can communicate information to other people, give us information about our environment, prepare us for action, and deepen our experience of life.

Anger in particular is an emotion that is often about control. When we experience anger, our body may be telling us that we feel as though things are out of our control, or that we have been violated in some way. Anger can motivate us to try to establish control (or a sense of control) over a situation. Given this function of anger, it makes sense that a person with PTSD may often experience anger.

The experience of a traumatic event can make you feel violated or constantly unsafe. It may also make you feel as though you have little control over your life. In addition, the symptoms of PTSD can give you the sense that danger is all around and there is no escape. The extreme fluctuations of internal experience among people with PTSD (for example, constantly fluctuating between emotional numbing and intense anxiety) may also make you experience your inner life as chaotic and out of control. Considering these symptoms, it seems completely understandable that you may experience anger, as your body is attempting to communicate to you that things feel out of our control.

Even though anger is a very valid emotion, according to Seeking Safety, a well-known treatment for people with PTSD and substance use problems developed by Dr. Lisa Najavits, it has the potential to be used either constructively or destructively.

Constructive Anger

In Seeking Safety, Dr. Lisa Najavits describes constructive anger as anger that can be healing. Constructive anger is often not as strong as destructive anger. It is also something that can be explored or examined to help you better understand your situation, other people, and yourself. Further, for anger to be constructive, a person must also be aware of that anger. Finally, constructive anger is something that is managed appropriately. To do so, you have to recognize your own needs and the needs of others.

As an example of constructive anger, let’s say that a friend cancels an important lunch date with you at the last minute. By approaching your anger and listening to what it is telling you, you might be motivated to talk to your friend about how you were upset by the last-minute cancellation and come up with ways to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. The anger in this situation is being used to take control over the situation and maintain your self-respect.

Destructive Anger:

Destructive anger causes harm, according to Dr. Lisa Najavits in Seeking Safety. This is anger that is responded to in an unhealthy way. For example, a person may act out aggressively towards others. The anger might also be turned inward, resulting in deliberate self-harm or substance use.

Destructive anger is also often very frequent and/or strong. It may also be something that the person is unaware of or something that the person has suppressed or tried to avoid. When anger (as well as other emotions) are not attended to, the emotion often builds in strength and can increase the likelihood that it would be expressed in an unhealthy manner.

Destructive anger may work very well in the short-term by releasing tension; however, it is associated with long-term negative consequences. For example, if you were to respond to your friend (from the example above) by yelling at him or cutting off all ties with him, you could lose a friendship and an important source of social support. If you took the anger out on yourself, you wouldn’t learn how to adequately cope with the situation, increasing the likelihood that it would occur again in the future.

Managing Your Anger:

Anger can be a difficult emotion to manage, especially for someone with PTSD. However, if you can listen to your anger and attempt to connect with the information that it is giving you, you can learn how to better respond to your environment. In addition, better understanding why the anger is there may make it feel less chaotic and unpredictable.

There are a number of healthy ways of managing anger (as well as other emotions). For example, self-soothing skills can be very helpful. Taking a time-out can also be helpful. Finally, seeking out social support can also be an effective way of responding to anger. Other emotion regulation strategies that may be helpful for anger are discussed here. Seeking Safety also includes a number of ways of coping with anger (as well as other symptoms of PTSD).

It is important to remember that if you have been pushing down your anger for some time, it may initially feel very uncomfortable to approach it. The anger may feel very intense or out of control. However, the more you approach your anger, listen to it, and respond to it in a healthy way, the more your tolerance for anger will increase, and the long-term negative consequences of not dealing with anger will decrease.