mental environmentalism

All These Words I’ll Never Say

Mercury in Scorpio: Secretive, keeps the mind under guarded lock and key, feels that revealing thoughts reveals the self, quiet so observation can take place, only willing to participate in thrilling, stimulating, deep subject matter, most of the work occurs on the unconscious 

Saturn in the 3rd house: Mental paralysis can occur, like complete thought build up that hits a concrete wall and presses on the mind. The individual can be mentally environmentally overstimulated to the point of silence. Also deeply considers words before speaking 

Mercury in the 12th house: The crowd turns thoughts so wet and watery that they leak and vanish, often the individual can be stunned into silence socially because the thoughts of other people (often not recognised) become consuming. The individual thinks better alone, the mind is private  

Pluto in the 3rd house: The individual understands the reverence and power of words so deeply considers the conscious and unconscious wave of their words. Motivated to only speak the truth, only willing to participate in thrilling, stimulating, deep subject matter 

Mercury-Saturn aspects: Cerebral paralysis can occur, the mind seeming stunned or cramped, thoughts of inadequacy, ‘you’re too stupid to participate in this conversation’ can impair the mental expression, seeks to contribute only meaningful information and thoughts 

Neptune in the 3rd house: The active dreamlike can inhibit the individual from conversation often generating vague distractibility and inability to focus on conversation or lead conversation in a manner which can be followed 

Mercury in the 8th house: The compulsion to only speak the truth rears meaningful silence, guarded and strictly observant - the individual watches other people before participating in discussion, secretive with thoughts 


Geneticists are starting to unravel evolution’s role in mental illness 

Psychiatric disorders can be debilitating and often involve a genetic component, yet, evolution hasn’t weeded them out. Now, recent work is beginning to reveal the role of natural selection — offering a peek at how the genetic underpinnings of mental illness has changed over time.

Many psychiatric disorders are polygenic: they can involve hundreds or thousands of genes and DNA mutations. It can be difficult to track how so many genetic regions evolved, and such studies require large genome data sets. But the advent of massive human genome databases is enabling researchers to look for possible connections between mental illnesses and the environmental and societal conditions that might have driven their emergence and development. Others are looking to Neanderthal genetic sequences to help inform the picture of these disorders, as well as cognitive abilities, in humans. Several of these teams presented their findings at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting in Orlando, Florida, in late October.

PTSD as a result of abuse in early development.

PTSD is a chronic illness and depending on your history, it might never be gone completely. Especially if that trauma was ongoing and happened young, before your brain is fully formed. And thats pretty much any age under 25.

25!? Yeah.
So the reason the shit that happened when you were a pre-teen or a teenager? That’s why it’s still not ok.
That’s why you might not be experiencing your expected results from therapy, because it’s not enough to treat your trauma as though you are/were an adult.

Popular theory states that it’s only in early childhood development that ongoing trauma or abuse* forces physical and permanent changes in the brain, because it’s still forming.

But the fact is that human brains aren’t fully formed until adulthood
(which can be between 18 and 25 - the same reason you can’t get car insurance till then and why they say you shouldn’t drink) and this extreme trauma forces the brain into what is essentially a ‘reset’ state, where it then adapts to the environment of constant abuse and is harmed in exactly the same way.

 (*Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, mental, or environmental (neglect, emotional neglect etc), and/or being witness to extreme ongoing abuse of someone else.)

So what’s the damage?

Well there is a few things that happen.

Trauma affects what children anticipate and focus on (y’all are children till you’re adults in terms of brains remember), and how you can view and understand the information that you receive.

Changes in how you perceive threats because of trauma end up being expressed in how you think, feel, behave and even how you regulate your biological systems.

This presents in problems with

  • self regulation (being able to start or stop doing something when you think you should, overeating or over-doing anything really is a good example of this)
  • aggression against themselves and others
  • problems with attention and dissociation
  • physical problems (I will expand upon this later)
  • difficulties in self concept (who am I, what am I, believing you have worth, believing you are a person, etc)
  • and the capacity to negotiate satisfactory interpersonal relationships. (Why do I keep ending up in abusive relationships, why can’t I make friends or connect with people etc)

Trauma is so powerful because the amygdala starts functioning almost immediately after birth; children rapidly are able to experience fear and assess danger. Babies get scared even when they can’t think properly because of this.

Basically, early abuse and neglect can affect the development of the limbic system which makes individuals with traumatic histories to become highly sensitive to sensory input, which is known as hypervigilance.

Your amigdala is part of the limbic system that controls instinct, your “lizard brain” that keeps you safe and controls your “fight, flight, freeze, or feign” instinct. (The amigdala and the limbic system are so heavily affected by this hypervigilance that I am going to write a whole nother post just on it’s effects on the body.)

SO. We now know PTSD from your developmental years is more damaging than if the same abuse occured later in life. 

That’s why regular therapy focusing only on CBT might not be enough, that’s why you might not be fully recovered when you feel like you should be. And there are heaps of us with this shit. So you’re not alone, and now that we know why, we’re going to get through it. 

First world problems is having to read two pretentious as fuck white guys give their snobbish comments on a song they probably didn’t even listen to, and knowing that you’re torn between obliterating them on Twitter immediately or writing a professional and politely worded complaint to the BBC in the hopes it’ll lead to not just a half-assed apology but actual change.

First world problems is not writing a song about humanizing celebrities and how struggles and pain and loss affect everyone - how money doesn’t shield you from suffering. It doesn’t bring people back from the dead. Fame doesn’t protect you from assault or abuse.

First world problems is not making a lyric video to said song about how to find humanity in other individuals and to find similarities even when we’re different in the struggles we face as human beings, that addresses classism, racism, sexism, mental health issues, environmentalism and other social justice issues through its visual content.

  • Non-vegan: You can't stop supporting an underprivileged group just because some individuals in that group are mean! It's not fair to the group and the struggles they are enduring. Pls be more caring and considerate uwu
  • Vegan: Hey cool, so will you consider going vegan for the animals because -
  • Non-vegan: OH MY GOD. I AM SO SICK OF ASSHOLE VEGANS. I'M JUST GONNA NOT EVER BE VEGAN (even if I totally can lololo) BECAUSE SOME VEGANS ARE REALLY MEAN. PETA EXISTS (even though bad groups in human rights organizations exist like the Salvation Army but that's ~*~*~*different!!1~*~*~~). I'M JUST NOT GONNA CARE BECAUSE SOME VEGANS MADE ME BAAAW ONCE.
  • Vegan: But it's not about us, it's about the animals -
ID #76710

Name: Amy
Age: 17
Country: Canada

Hello future penpal! I just randomly found this account and I think it would be so fun to write to someone across the world! When I’m not in school you can find me in the forest or by the ocean. I love to bike, hike, kayak, and go wandering around new places. I love to read. My favourite would, of course, have to be Harry Potter but my recent favs have been Carve the Mark, Strange the Dreamer, the whole Anne of Green Gables series, Big Magic, and the Graceling series. Books mentioning magic or anything fantasy will always spark my interest. I’m currently watching The 100 on Netflix. I am a feminist. I love talking about psychology, mental health, philosophy and anything environmental. In university I’m going into environmental studies and geography. Would love to talk about anything LGBTQ+ related and also spiritual/religious beliefs as I am/have those things. I want to chat about our days, our lives, the big parts and the small.

Preferences: Ages 16-20. Any genders! Open minds, non-judgemental, homophobic, transphobic, racist, misogynistic people please. I would want to email first before sending letters. Looking only for a pal, nothing romantic.

i would be very interested in seeing the connection between this generation’s mental health and societal/environmental factors. like, i
don’t think i would be alone in saying that my generation kind of can’t see a future for themselves and massive reasons a lot of people my age are depressed and anxious is because we are in this late stage capitalist/environmentally unstable world and we can’t really see any change where our futures are going to be positive? like when you grow up during a massive recession/financial crisis, are exposed to world news (terrorism, disaster, famine, etc.) and not to mention growing up when knowledge about climate change is common place but frustratingly there’s no radical change being made, its fucking depressing. i know it’s a large part of why i get so depressed tbh.

spoken-with-candor  asked:

I also have a prominent history of mental illness in my family. My mother's side is rife with anxiety disorders, whereas my father's side mainly present Compulsive disorders and bi-polar depression. I've already been diagnosed with GAD and I'm hoping depression doesn't creep onto the list. My housemate and I joke about how we both might develope schizophrenia (of any type), but after learning my family history I'm honestly starting to worry.

aah I hope you don’t mind me replying publicly but others might find comfort in this:

In high school I took a lot of psychology classes and - it depends on what school of thought you’re looking at - but there’s a genetic component to most mental illnesses, however environmental factors far outweigh any genetic correlation.

It’s difficult to explain. Being in a toxic environment or going through a traumatic event will cause /anyone/ to potentially have a mental illness BUT those who are more susceptible for genetic reasons have a higher chance of coming out on the other side with a mental illness.

Like, a lot of the time (not always, but a good fraction of the time) what happens is there’s a sort of catalyst for what causes a mental illness, and the genetic factor only increases the chances of that catalyst effecting you, but the genetic component itself isn’t necessarily the catalyst.

Sometimes it’s just pure genetics, that definitely happens, but environmental factors seem to play a much bigger role.

I’ve been trying to summarize some recent thoughts on why I sometimes feel incapable of improving, and I think the best way to think of it is in a more optimistic light that isn’t either too destructive or too idealistic. I think common drawing advice is stated as “draw every day, learn new things” but sometimes professionals tend to imply (intentionally or not) “or else you’ll fail” and I think it’s fair to say sometimes there are circumstances (mental, environmental) that prevent working as hard as you’d like to improve things (not just drawing) and it’s good to put things in perspective and say that environmental/mental roadblocks will happen but neither is fully to blame and neither is a reason to give up, just don’t stress too much about the idealized “perfect model for improvement” that’s sometimes thrown around. It’s kinda why I realized I shouldn’t really participate in any art challenges until I’m out of school.

School for me is one big thing in the way, but also a lot of blaming myself for missing opportunities sometimes makes me blind to the huge number of options still ahead of me - and I’ve stopped thinking in that way lately, which has helped a lot with my thought process on it, even if I still ultimately have to put drawing aside more often than I’d like for other things.


Em. She/her or they/them.

I’m 18, I live in South Dakota, and I’m studying psychology and sociology. I’m passionate about mental health, environmentalism/sustainability, veganism, and human rights. My hobbies include cooking, public speaking, playing violin, and journaling. I love to travel and I’m in serious need of a road trip buddy! A girlfriend would he nice too ;)

Snapchat: emily_nielson
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Also please everyone try to keep in mind that self care isn’t just for one thing, and the kinds of self care needed for different people with different diagnoses at different times can vary a lot

•Some of the things people make fun of as “childish” are important self care for autistic people
•Some people who are victims of child abuse may either really need to indulge in what’s been referred to as “cutesy” self care or some people might find it triggering and infantilizing and have to avoid it at all costs
•People with physical disabilities, especially those who already have to push themselves a lot, might require more restful and relaxing self care
•Everyone has different environmental, physical, mental and emotional boundaries and needs

TL;DR you really never know what another person needs. You only know what you need. Share as many different kinds of self care as you want but please don’t criticize other people’s survival

on dragon sickness/gold sickness and the arkenstone

(this is some real rough analysis/meta that i never really felt was finished. and now i kinda don’t think i’ll ever ‘finish’ it. it’s probably fine? as is? hm. anyways, dragon sickness discussion under the cut.)

I think botfa makes it pretty clear that Thorin’s sickness is exacerbated by the fact that he doesn’t have the Arkenstone in his grasp. Which… kind of makes it seem like Bilbo made a big mistake withholding it from him. Did he? Did he have enough reliable information to make that decision for Thorin? Let’s explore.

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😭😭😭 the shit I see on my IG… THAT don’t mean that we have to have kids while we STILL IN OUR TEENS THO!

That don’t mean we have to have kids before we even find a fuckin man to have em with!

That don’t mean we have to have kids before we’re financially, mentally, physically, environmentally, & emotionally stable enough for em!


That’s why I can’t feel Sorry for people no more, if you have this mindset, then you just do you… because I see the consequences every day of kids having kids before they need to.

anonymous asked:

Hi! As an OT, how would you describe what Occupational Therapy is in simpler terms? I often ramble on and on to other people, but they always seem to think it's the same thin as PT or PTA :/ Thanks!


Here’s what I say to clients:

“I’m an occupational therapist. Have you ever worked with one before?

(whatever their answer is, probably they’ve guessed something about jobs)

Ok, well Occupational Therapists take the word occupations to mean any kind of activity that “occupies” your time…so, yes, it could be a job, but it could be things like brushing your teeth, playing a sport, or taking care of your children. We work with individuals with mental or physical health concerns that create barriers to doing these activities, and we develop ways to do them.”

if their eyes haven’t glazed over already:

"This could mean developing personal strategies to overcome, like coping with anxiety to go back to work; changing the environment, like installing a ramp so a wheelchair user can get coffee at a local shop, or adapting the activity, like putting foam on a toothbrush so someone with poor grip can hold it." 

Here’s what I say to people in other work fields when I don’t have a lot of time:

"Have you heard of physiotherapy? It’s like that, and we work closely with them in similar settings, but we look at all the activities a person might need to do, and other barriers to achieving goals such as cognition, mental health, environmental barriers, etc. Also, I work in mental health, so I don’t work with PTs but you get the idea. It’s a rehab profession; we help people do stuff.”

Military health: The insurmountable gulf

In 1990 and 1991, the United States deployed some 700,000 military personnel to the Gulf to form a coalition with the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and several other countries to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The seven-month campaign resulted in few coalition casualties. But soon after returning home, about 30% of US veterans began to get sick. Their illnesses were difficult for doctors to understand.

They shared a cluster of symptoms — including severe fatigue, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders and cognitive problems. But few individuals had all of the symptoms, and there were many proposed causes. The destruction of chemical-weapons repositories was a leading suspect. Troops also marched past burning oil wells, slept in tents doused with pesticides and received new vaccines and pills to protect them from diseases and biological and nerve agents.

“From the beginning, the VA has refused to honestly face the problems that face veterans,” said Joel Graves, a Gulf War veteran who until last year had served on a committee advising the VA on research priorities related to the illness.

Graves and others contend that the agency has refused to recognize Gulf War illness as a unique physiological condition, maintaining instead that it is psychosomatic or the result of stress. The VA, they claim, has obstructed research into Gulf War illness, stacked scientific review panels with members who would favour a psychological explanation and defanged the research advisory committee (RAC) that Graves served on. As a result, critics contend, thousands of soldiers have found it difficult to get a diagnosis or related health benefits. At the meeting, James Binns, an attorney and chair of the RAC, called the VA’s actions “morally and intellectually bankrupt”.

More at Nature

Adbusters describes itself as anti-advertising: it blames advertising for playing a central role in creating, and maintaining, consumer culture. This argument is based on the belief that the advertising industry goes to great effort and expense to associate desire and identity with commodities. Adbusters believes advertising has unjustly “colonized” public, discursive and psychic spaces, by appearing in movies, sports and even schools, so as to permeate modern culture. Stated goals include combating negative effects of advertising and empowering its readers to regain control of culture, encouraging them to ask “Are we consumers and citizens?.”

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anonymous asked:

What changes did you notice physically when you went vegan? X

• clearer/softer skin + recovered from skin issues and less redness on my face
• more energy
• softer hair
• clearer thinking
• slimed down/got leaner
• less ‘puffiness’ around my body
• stronger nails
• improved blood test results
• less sickness (get less colds and when I do I get over them quicker)
• recovered from stomach problems (IBS, bad bloating etc.) and migraines which is amazing because I had doctors for everything and now don’t see anyone!
• less medications, I used to be on lots!
• periods/period pain is improving
+ lots more benefits because these are just of the top of my head!
There are loads more benefits of a vegan lifestyle mentally and environmentally!

Truly an amazing lifestyle! Funny what happens when we eat what we are biologically designed to eat! Xx