common illnesses

20 Hip Hop songs for Valentines day

1. A Tribe Called Quest - Find A Way

2. Common - The Light

3. Reflection Eternal - Love Language 

4. Q-Tip - Lets Ride

5. Eric B. & Rakim - Keep the Beat

6. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Lots of Lovin’

7. Black Star - Brown Skin Lady

8. Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty

9. Pete Rock - Its a Love Thing

10. Talib Kweli - We Know

11. Hi-Tek - Get Ta Steppin’

12. De La Soul - Eye Know 

13. Pharoahe Monch - Light

14. Slum Village - Selfish 

15. Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mellow

16. Blu - Party of Two

17. Kanye West - Slow Jamz

18. Busta Rhymes - One

19. Nas - Cherry Wine

20. A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation 

hypersexual = a mental illness that often results from trauma

oversexual(ize) = to make someone/a group of people, usually a minority, seem overtly sexual in a negative light

there’s a difference, oversexualization is an important topic and should be discussed but please don’t throw mentally ill trauma survivors under the bus to do so.

Top 10 Hip-hop albums of 2016

1. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here, Thank You For You Service

2. Common - Black America Again

3. Smoke DZA & Pete Rock - Don’t Smoke Rock

4. Consequence - A Good Comeback Story 

5. De La Soul - And The Anonymous Nobody 

6. Torae - Entitled 

7. Run The Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

8. Skyzoo & Apollo Brown - The Easy Truth

9. DITC - DITC Studios 

10. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered 

Two kinds of mental health stigma

Content note: This post contains both criticism of and respect for the mental health system. If you find one or the other upsetting, this post will likely bother you.

There are two basic kinds of mental health stigma: dismissiveness, and dehumanization. Mental health conversations tend to have trouble acknowledging both at the same time — usually it’s at most one.

Dismissiveness stigma is when people deny the reality of mental illnesses. This plays out in a number of ways. One classic example of dismissiveness is “antidepressants are just a tool of capitalism to stop people from noticing that things are wrong”, or “Stop complaining. There are people with real problems”. There are many other examples.

Dehumanization stigma is when people deny the humanity of people with mental illnesses. A classic example of this is people who believe that the purpose of mental health treatment is to reveal the real person underneath — and that therefore, any objections they might make to the treatment “aren’t the real them talking”. There are many other examples of this as well.

Dismissiveness and dehumanization are both major problems. They’re both real, and they both do a lot of damage, even up to the point of costing people their lives.

People tend to perceive the mental health system very differently based on which kind of stigma looms largest for them. For a lot of people, it’s much easier to see one type than the other.

People who mostly experience dismissiveness often see the psych system this way:

  • No one took my problem seriously
  • I was scared to turn anywhere for help
  • Once I finally took the leap and went to therapy, things got so much better
  • Or, once I finally stared medication, things got so much better
  • (Or even: medication and therapy saved my life).
  • (Or even: I’m so glad people finally pushed me to get treatment; they were right.)
  • I wish people wouldn’t be so afraid. I wish everyone had access to this.
  • We need to fight stigma so that people can get the help they need.
  • (And to reform laws so that everyone has access).

People who mostly experience dehumanization often see it more like this:

  • When I entered the psych system, people treated me like I wasn’t a person
  • They forced me to take medication I didn’t want to take
  • The drugs didn’t work, and had harmful side effects
  • When I complained, they treated it as a symptom and raised the dose
  • They forced me to be in therapy I didn’t want to be in, and that made me worse
  • When I tried to advocate for myself, people treated it as a symptom, and no one took me seriously
  • Things only got better for me when I stopped therapy and/or medication and started a different approach
  • (Or even: stopping therapy and/or medication saved my life)
  • I wish people wouldn’t be so uncritical of a system that hurt me
  • I wish “unmedicated” wasn’t used as a slur implying that people who make the choices I make are all terrible people
  • We need to warn people, and reform the laws and systems that allow people to be treated this way

Some people’s experiences in the mental health system are positive in ways that nothing else is; some people’s experiences are horrifying. (And for a lot of people, things are more mixed). Neither type of experience is universally representative; both are real and common. Both matter, and need to be part of the conversation.

When most of someone’s experiences are with dehumanization, it can be hard to understand that dismissiveness is also a problem. Or why anyone would regard mental health care as positive, or lack of access to it as a problem. They may also find the terminology of “mental illness” repugnant, and have a strong preference for “crazy”. But it really is the case that for some people, mental healthcare including therapy and medication is a really good thing. And that for some people, the biggest problem with the system is difficulty accessing it (either because others discourage it, or because it’s too expensive.)

When most of someone’s experiences are with dismissiveness, it can be hard to understand that the dehumanization experiences are also real. (Particularly for people who were really afraid of mental health care and then had a transformative good experience with it.) It can be hard to understand why someone would prefer an apparently pejorative term like “crazy” over an apparently-netural term like “mental illness”. It can seem like people must be exaggerating, or that these things only happened in the past, or something like that. But dehumanization is still a problem now, and fighting treatment stigma will not address that problem.

Both dehumanization and dismissiveness are important barriers to people being treated as they ought to be. Because of both types of stigma, people lack access to help they vitally need. For some people, that help is treatment. For others, it’s access to resources like housing, respite, and assistance with food. For a lot of people, it’s both. People’s very real mental health struggles should not be dismissed; neither should the humanity and human rights of people with mental illnesses be denied.

tl;dr There are two types of mental health stigma: dismissiveness, and dehumanization. Dismissiveness is when people deny the reality of your condition; dehumanization is when people think that your condition makes you less than human. Dismissiveness is often made better by the mental health system; dehumanization is often made worse. People whose experience is primarily in one category often don’t understand that the other category exists. Both matter, and both need to be part of the conversation.

to the people who told me to "let it go"

stop invalidating the discrimination people with disabilities face from doctors and hospitals.

stop saying “its the doctors job to make sure youre telling the truth”, they couldve done that job without assuming i was making everything up, they didnt have to call me a liar

stop saying “well if you looked sicker, they wouldnt have been like that to you”, dont blame me for a doctors incompetence, they shouldnt have treated me like that in the first place.

stop saying “you have to understand, your illness isnt common, you cant expect them to have known what to do”, lmao not knowing what to do doesnt give them the right to mistreat me in any way, they couldve TRIED to do something instead of calling me crazy, a liar, an attention seeker and everything else.

stop saying “you cant expect a doctor to know everything, theyre human too ya know” i didnt expect them to know everything, or anything for that matter, this isnt a matter of their knowledge as a doctor, its a matter how human decency, something i was robbed of because doctors didnt even try to help me, they told me to go away, or that im overreacting.

stop saying “everyone makes mistakes, even them”, the constant discrimination i faced, the lack of help i got from doctors cause they were too busy calling me a liar has altered my life, it wasnt a mistake, it was a tragedy.

stop saying “well you know not all doctors are like that,” Yeah, i do know, i also know that alot of doctors are, and that it gets worse if people try to excuse what they do.

Im tired of being told to get over what i went through, im tired of being told to get over being told i wasnt sick, that i was insane, that i was a liar, because not only was it something awful to go through, but its something i am still going through. because there will be other people, and other doctors who think this.

only now its “i dont know what your illness is, it sounds fake”

and “i dont know how to help but let me act like i do”

now i have a diagnosis and i will face other types of discrimination by hospital and doctors. and people will tell me to let it go when i do.

and ill tell them to fuck off, cause it isnt somethig you just let go of.

“I know you’re busy but…can we just stay here a little while longer? I need you all to myself…”


He just wanted his 25 minutes. Why doesn’t he ever get his 25 minutes. Kana don’t worry, they’re just hugging, I promise.

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a very common illness that causes infection in the lungs. At best, it causes mild symptoms such as a cough or fever; at worst it can cause death. Unfortunately, pneumonia is one of those illnesses that seems to get swept under the rug - but no more! In recognition of World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, UNICEF wants to get the word out so we can all help save and protect children around the world.

1.    Everyone can get pneumonia

One common myth is that pneumonia mostly affects older people. However, everyone is at risk. This includes children, especially those who live in areas with high levels of air pollution. In fact, half of all pneumonia deaths in children are linked to air pollution!

2.    Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under five. 

Even though pneumonia is preventable and treatable, 922,000 children died from it last year. That’s 2,500 children per day and 1 every 35 seconds! Pneumonia in the most deadly infectious disease in children, causing more deaths than malaria, tuberculosis, measles and AIDS combined!

3.    A lot less children are dying from pneumonia!

Between 2000 and 2015 the amount of deaths in children from pneumonia decreased by 47%! That is awesome, but there is still more work to be done. This is the slowest rate of decline among (the main) childhood diseases.

4.    The majority of childhood pneumonia cases occur in 10 countries.

60% of deaths occur in Chad, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Indonesia. Pneumonia is more common in rural areas, poor areas and areas with poor air quality and unclean water.

5.    There are a lot of ways to fight pneumonia. 

These include vaccines, breastfeeding, access to safe drinking water, improving overall sanitation, good nutritional habits for children and improving air quality, especially inside the home. It all starts with raising awareness and sharing solutions.

You can do something today: help us get the word out! One death from pneumonia is one too many. If you want to get involved and help save the lives of thousands of children visit

Do you want to know the truth? Here it is: your eating disorder doesn’t make you special.

Up to 1 in 10 college women suffer from an eating disorder or disordered eating. Eating disorders are among the most common chronic illnesses among adolescents. About 55% of the adult population is dieting at any given time.

Your eating disorder isn’t special. Millions of people have an eating disorder. You want to be special? You want to be noticed? You should want to be noticed because you’re kind, funny, smart, generous, creative, efficient, innovative, empathetic. You should want to be noticed because your personality is unique.

Don’t throw away your life just because you want someone to notice you’re skinnier than the average person. Eat your food, keep it down, and don’t overexercise. Find a way to be special that won’t fucking kill you someday.

You can be psychiatrically ill and be perfectly competent, just as you can be mentally healthy but totally unfit. (Of course, certain mental states, like florid psychosis or dementia, would render a president unfit to serve.)

There is one last reason we should avoid psychiatrically labeling our leaders: It lets them off the moral hook. Not all misbehavior reflects psychopathology; the fact is that ordinary human meanness and incompetence are far more common than mental illness. We should not be in the business of medicalizing bad actors.


Is It Time to Call Trump Mentally Ill?” Richard A. Friedman for the NY Times, Feb. 18, 2017

Although it’s very easy to believe Trump is mentally off in some way–it’s impossible to know. And it doesn’t matter. Judge him on his actions and statements. Hold him accountable as you would anyone else. It might feel slightly safer to blame his behavior on mental illness, rather than plain old evil. Mental illness can usually be treated. Meanness, greed, and evil cannot. Conflating bad behavior with mental illness is sloppy logic, but is also bad for people who have been diagnosed, are doing their best to take care of themselves, and are sometimes struggling to stay afloat.

even’s mental illness becoming common knowledge now and without his consent is so horrible, especially given how hard he worked to keep it a secret. it makes me angry and upset. but despite that, and despite vilde’s complete insensitivity, i have hope that things will turn out in much the same way things did for isak. i just see a lot of parallels. isak was outed without his consent and it was absolutely horrible and incredibly wrong of emma, but he was able to work through it and in the end the people he cared about and loved didn’t stop loving him. they supported him and accepted him and quelled his worries, and now he has people to openly communicate with when he needs to. 

now even’s mental illness has been revealed without his consent, and it’s equally as horrible and terribly wrong of someone to do that. but given the parallelism, i have hope, even if it’s just a little, that he will work his way through it, and that the people who really matter won’t hesitate to be there for him, and will never stop loving and caring for him. isak has already shown that through his actions and his reaction to vilde’s words. of course there will be people who are ignorant and insensitive, but in the end, the people that really matter will love and support even unconditionally. he will always have people there for him, to whom he can communicate his worries, and whom he never has to hide a part of himself from. 

anonymous asked:

I don't know if this is weird or not, but thanks for mentioning your anxiety/medication so openly and in such a chilled out way in that other ask. It's a real inspiration for people like me who struggle with it daily. Thank you, keep being awesome. ❤️

No problem. It’s really not a big deal to me, and I don’t know why people treat mental illness, particularly common conditions like depression and anxiety, like it’s so monumental or taboo. I have asthma, and I take medication for that too. What’s the difference?

I know people who suffer from mental illness and talk about it like it’s the absolute worst thing that can happen to a person. But I’ve been the caregiver for a man who broke his spine and relearned to walk, so I know depression and anxiety are much more manageable in comparison to a lot of shit. I also know people who talk about mental illness like it’s so disgraceful. Maybe you shouldn’t tell people. Um, you wear glasses on your damn face each day. Everyone knows you’re blind as a fucking bat. Are you disgraced by your “limitation?” Sit down.

Alright, I have noticed I’m one of the very, very few that actually like Caroline, and Fez/Caroline. And since I’ve been called ‘unhealthy’ for this (lol), I decided to make a post talking about it. 

I started thinking about it while doing a couple aesthetic for the two of them, and I realized it has a personal meaning for me in a way.

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