Mental Illness Directory
Anonymous:
Thank you so much for having made this blog <3

You’re very welcome

Different Coping Strategies For Disorders

  • Anxiety: My counselor used to refer to it as the "McDonalds Milkshake" technique. Get a straw, preferably a bit thicker of one like a milkshake straw and take deep breaths through it. This will help focus your thoughts away from anxieties, engage your diaphragm and open your lungs to help stop chest tightening sensations. Additionally, wearing a wristwatch and counting seconds up to a minute can also help to center yourself. Always remember your deep breathing!
  • Dissociation: You need to encourage communication between your logical and emotional cognition. A neat way of doing this is if you can catch it as its coming on, stand on one foot, squeeze or fidget with something like a stress ball, and begin venting to yourself. Even just whisper quietly, talk about what you're feeling and thinking. Engaging yourself physically like this as well as emotionally will help keep you grounded.
  • Depression: Remember that while it's okay and totally necessary to take a day off sometimes and let yourself mentally recoup-- you do need to continue a routine. Even if it's uncomfortable get out and run errands, clean your house, phone someone. By pushing yourself to be proactive it can help to correct your brain. Additionally, about 20 minutes of exercise each day can help heaps as well.
  • Hallucinations: Call someone. Wish I could tell you some kind of super amazing coping advice for this, but honestly, the best thing you can do when hallucinations start happening is just avoid being alone. Text someone, Facebook someone, Skype, phone. Let someone know what's happening and allow them the liberty also to be able to contact ambulatory services if it goes too far. There's also many many helplines available that can assist you with this.
  • OCD: Exposure therapy, although in some areas a bit controversial, can be incredibly effective. It's often recommended though to have a counselor or worker with you while this happens if your OCD is quite severe. An interesting thing my counselor recently told me is to make yourself OCD-free zones. Draw out boundaries in your home and town where within certain areas you won't allow yourself and will stop as many compulsive behaviors as you can, and outside the boundaries you're free to do as you please. This can help teach management of negative symptoms as well as show that a little bit of compulsion is perfectly fine.
  • Borderline Personality: Thought challenging. Before you fly off with your emotions because someone says something that you take as invalidating, try and stop yourself for just a moment and force logic into the situation. Try and show yourself how this comment wasn't meant to make you feel bad, and while your emotions are always valid and you as a person are valid, this comment wasn't meant to be invalidating. Additionally, it's good to have communication about this but REMAIN CALM (as hard as it can be). By calmly sorting out your emotions and opinions you can shed a lot of relief onto a situation.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Mood tracking, so great. eMoods, Optimism, and a couple other apps for this stuff is out there and can be incredibly useful. Being able to map out your mood cycles and see them graphed makes it much easier to predict, manage and prevent negative self talk and other symptoms.
  • That's all for now. If you'd like more tips for anything not listed feel free to message me at illusoryacid any time!:

novilunium

Country: Denmark

Mental Illness (es): 

  • Panic Anxiety
  • Unclassifyed Personality Disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder


-> in recovery

-> Sometimes blogs about it

-> May have triggering images on blog

-> approachable for friendship and/or discussion

-> NSFW - 18+ content

Anonymous:
If you think an object is your baby what is that called, what does it mean

That’s disassociation, which could be symptomatic of a range of illnesses and be indicative of many things in relation to the individual.
'Thinking an object is your baby' is not a specific illness.

sad-alien:

i’ve put together a resources page to refer to if you’re sad/stressed and need some help.
if anyone has anything to add to the list, please let me know - i’m glad to credit you.

I don’t know which direction this blog should go in but I think the original purpose has been skewed and distorted.
If anyone has any ideas about the future of this network, please write in.

Mia (sad-alien)

depressed-harmer01

Country: England
Mental Illnesses:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • paranoid
  • ocd traits
  • derealisation
  • depersonalisation


->in therapy
->in recovery
->approachable for friendship/discussion
->triggering images

amphitriteseagoddess:
Wow, I just found this through a blog that I follow - and the directory is amazing. I am suffering from; BPD and Manic Depression. It helps a lot knowing that I am not alone and your blog just made me realize that it's not just me. This blog is perfect. Thank you<3
Anonymous:
you know my mother who runs an actual shelter always told me that tumblr was a terrible place for people with mental illnesses to seek help

That’s interesting.
My personal belief is that creating supportive, helpful environments for people with mental illnesses EVERYWHERE is important. I encourage people to seek whatever help they need, wherever it is available. :-)

sad-alien:

i’ve put together a resources page to refer to if you’re sad/stressed and need some help.
if anyone has anything to add to the list, please let me know - i’m glad to credit you.