STEREK FIC: Outrun Your Ghosts // AU NC-17 (1/1) ✭✭✭✭✭

When Derek Hale arrives at the Beacon Hills Young Adult Rehabilitation Center, he plans on keeping his head down and serving the rest of his time in minimum security peace. Stiles Stilinski changes all of that.

“Everyone thinks you’re a psycho and that you went all Thelma and Louise with your sister because you did it, but you didn’t, it was all Kate. She is a crazy, crazy bi-“

Derek’s on him before he realizes it, shoving him against a tree and pining him there with his forearm. Stiles goes bug-eyed and red, wheezing. There are voices from up the hill at the main building, counselors shouting at Derek. There are more voices from down at the lake, jeers and encouragements, the bloodthirsty din of a crowd hoping for a fight.

"How do you know that?” Derek asks.

He shakes Stiles because Stiles isn’t even listening - he’s staring at a fixed point behind Derek’s shoulder, and he looks different now, looks terrified. Not pressed against a tree trying to breathe terrified. A different kind. A kind that makes the back of Derek’s neck prickle up with cold sweat.

Derek releases Stiles, suddenly feeling like he’s picking on a scared kid. It makes him feel sick. “Whatever,” he says, fixing the wrinkles on Stiles’ jacket and knowing there are about a dozen guards and counselors jogging at them with tasers. Great fucking first week in minimum security.

“Because she keeps bragging about it,” Stiles says, his voice a low, hoarse mumble.

Wanna live like Jason Statham in Crank? Except for, you know, the heart thing?

5 Bizarre Mental Illnesses That Turn Reality Into a TV Show

#5. You See Subtitles When People Talk

When [septuagenarian Dorothy Latham] has a conversation, the words appear as a brightly colored ticker tape in front of whoever’s speaking. It is likely the one and only thing she has in common with the teen blogger known as Cath. They both have a rare form of synesthesia, a bizarre condition in which one of your senses becomes tightly linked to another. Seeing the color blue might make you taste cheeseburgers, or hearing the music of Nirvana might make you smell teen spirit (which is mostly old socks and stale semen, for the record).

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I thought a quick post needs to be made about what its like to deal with misophonia, its something very misunderstood and I wish more people understood what its like bc it really sucks.

Lets start off with what it actually is. Misophonia is a brain disorder (yes like depression/ocd, same type of thing) that causes a super heightened sensitivity to sound. Trigger sounds cause a fight or flight type of reaction, where the brain tells the body either to fight the cause of the sound or try to escape it entirely. Common trigger sounds are loud chewing/eating, repetitive tapping, whispering for extensive periods of time, heavy breathing, snoring .. the list goes on and on.

Trigger sounds can do anything from agitate you to make you physically sick. Like, with me for example. Just the thought of slurping/loud chewing/smacking lips makes me feel super sick to my stomach and light headed. Along with the physical bit, it will make me extremely anxious and most of the time very angry which will cause me to either lash out or just leave whatever the sound is coming from. The closest thing I can compare the feeling to is a horrible panic attack triggered by an everyday sound.

You see, very very few people know this brain disorder exists. Many of those people probably struggling with misophonia themselves and wonder why in the hell they’re lashing out at friends and family for making every day noises. The ignorance to the disorder can cause more brain disorders in its self- most commonly anxiety disorders. When you lash out at somebody after hearing a trigger noise evokes a lot of  different emotion- confusion, sadness, regret. Its horrible to try and explain what about the sound makes you act so rash- especially when you have absolutely no answer.

Having family members/friends make fun of you or make trigger noises more obnoxiously can be one of the most frustrating parts of dealing with misophonia. You just have to remember, you arent crazy and there are other people struggling with the exact same thing.

The Do's and Don'ts of Mental Health Disorders

I looked online and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. Maybe someone else already has made this and I just didn’t know what to look for. Regardless, I have been thinking a lot lately about the best way to talk to others about their mental health disorders and the ways to talk to them that can be incredibly detrimental. I found this resource for working with Hispanics with mental health disorders and have adapted it to meet my needs. So here we go:

Do These Things:

  • Remember that people with mental health disorders are first and foremost unique individuals. No one treatment will work for everyone.
  • Take time to learn about the person before offering advice, suggestions, counsel, or anything else. As Stephen Covey put it, first seek to understand.
  • Engage family members in the discussion with permission of the person suffering! It is not your place to decide how and when to tell others. However, keep in mind that Mental health has long been terribly stigmatised in our country and, as a result, many people try to keep these issues a secret from outsiders and even family members. Break the barriers by opening up channels of communication.
  • Take the time to really educate yourself and others about mental health issues, including the array of mental health care treatments available, the benefits of obtaining services, different diagnostic category symptoms and treatment efficacy, and the contributions and abilities of individuals with a mental illness. The Internet is a wonderful resource for finding the information you want, but make sure you are looking at reputable sites that provide sources for their information. And if you don’t know where to look, ask someone else!
  • Be loving, be kind, be compassionate, be understanding. Show empathy and just listen.

Do NOT Do These Things:

  • Don’t assume that everyone with a particular mental health disorder is the same as everyone else with that particular mental health disorder.
  • Don’t treat friends, family, and acquaintances with mental health disorders as anything less than human beings. They are not second-class citizens and they are not less valuable because their disorders conflict with their desires to fully participate in our society.
  • Don’t suggest that they should “just do” whatever it was that worked for you. Just because you were able to take medications, receive therapy, and then go off your medications (under your doctor’s directions) does not mean that someone else will be able to.
  • Don’t diminish what they are feeling or experiencing. Anxiety, depression, mania, panic attacks, phobias, addictions, and all of the other mental health disorders are real, they can be debilitating, and they are difficult.
  • Don’t tell a person with a mental health disorder that it is “just in their head.” OF COURSE IT IS; IT IS MENTAL HEALTH. But what you are saying is that they are just imagining it or making it up.
  • Don’t try to use euphemisms to describe someone’s mental health disorder. Depression, not “just blue.” Anxiety, not “worried about nothing.” Panic, not “just a need to calm down.” Addiction, not “a bad habit.”
  • Likewise, don’t use euphemisms to describe treatment options. Therapy is not counseling, therapists are not counselors. Checking into a mental health institute is not “going away for a little while.” Remember that conversation earlier about communication and stigmas? Let’s get rid of the stigma of mental health institutions and recognise that sometimes our friends and family members need some intensive treatment that you can’t provide at home.
  • Don’t apologise for someone’s mental health disorder. The brain is a body organ just like the stomach, the skin, the lungs, the pancreas, the liver, or the heart. When one of these organs is damaged or malfunctioning, we know that it is no one’s fault and nothing to be ashamed of. Mental health is the same way.

If you think there is something else that should be on this list, please, let me know! These are just a few things that have been on my mind lately and I wanted to get them down in a place I can refer them to again.