Anonymous asked: Would compulsively scratching my scalp be considered self harm?
If you are doing it to cause or irritate a wound and feel the pain, yes.
If you are doing it because you just can’t seem to keep your hands away from it and find yourself doing it without thinking, that’s more of a compulsive anxiety symptom.
Mulan - One Woman Show
I’ll eventually do the rest…
Never tell a child they’re “immature.” They’ll know you’re comparing them to your own (adult) standards, and it’ll fuck with their self-image forever. If your child is behaving immaturely, tell them what they’re doing wrong and (depending on their age) tell them how to fix it or ask them to come up with their own suggestions for fixing it. But throwing around labels like “immature” does nobody any good. This has been a PSA.
What is NAMI StigmaBusters?
Today, June 17, I was watching Rachel Ray’s talk show - she had an episode about fashion and was doing makeovers on various women. She had a “style expert” on who said “you do not want a schizophrenic closet” meaning you do not want a closet filled with mismatched clothes…and Rachel Ray said “ahhh, a schizophrenic closet” and she laughed.
This is a perfect example of why NAMI StigmaBusters is important! So, I sent the info in…: )
NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.
Whether these images are found in TV, film, print, or other media, StigmaBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes. They seek to educate society about the reality of mental illness and the courageous struggles faced by consumers and families every day. StigmaBusters’ goal is to break down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect.
Each month, close to 20,000 advocates receive a NAMI StigmaBusters Alert, and it is read by countless others around the world online. Send it to your own personal and professional networks.
Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I never ask people to reblog things but….reblog reblog reblog!
Stigma and Mental Illness: A First-Hand Experience (by philgloss88)
At 4:28 Jacob Ramsey says “Do not equate yourself with your illness. Instead of saying ‘I am bipolar,’ say “I have bipolar disorder.”
I don’t agree that making this distinction is an issue of importance. The problem is the negative reaction/associations with the illness. What does the average person know about bipolar disorder? Too often their ‘information’ comes from entertainment and shock media where mental illness is used as a backstory to explain why people do evil things.
Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals - David Anderson
Hello, my name is Christina. I am successfully living with severe mental illness. I have been blessed with a loving family and understanding employers. I did choose to take the courageous step of coming out to everyone i know as mentally ill. But you know, I never had a regret. In fact it frequently opens the door to help others accept what is going on in thier own lives. many people have told me I’m an inspiration to them. I know that all of you are, too. You each have the potential to touch lives with your story. I have worked nearly a decade with the severely mentally ill population and have been touched by them as well. Please keep telling your story because there is someone who is waiting to hear it, someone a lot like you. Please keep on touching the world.
Anonymous asked: Insurance coverage of self-inflicted wounds varies from plan to plan, and it's important to understand that presenting at an ER or Dr's office with self-inflicted wounds can have secondary ramifications, if one is deemed to be a risk to herself or others. One should always seek medical attention if wounded but she/he should brace themselves to have to answer uncomfortable questions 'correctly' to avoid potential quasi-voluntary psychological evaluation.
Anonymous asked: I don't know if you got an answer for the anon who asked about insurance stuff, but I do know that how you got an injury has absolutely no effect on how much is covered. If for some reason they're worried about that not being true on their policy (though, as I said, there's no reason to be), they can just refuse to tell the doctor where the injury came from. It'll be treated no matter what.