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My origin story. mental health addition: 
At 5, I was diagnosed with #panicdisorder, #anxietydisorder, and #majordepressivedisorder. This was the 80s and an unheard of diagnosis for a child so young. 
But the professionals did a piss poor job of treating me. I would go to #therapy and color. 🙄

As one of 6 kids in a home where dad was an abusive alcoholic, I was the only one in my family who had to go to therapy. 🙄🙄 I started to see myself as misshapen. I had no idea what was happening to me, but I desperately wanted to hide my wrongness. 
So, I spent most of my time and energy hiding my deformities, so much so that my teachers thought I would never learn how to read or do division. 
Fast forward to high school, having daily panic attacks, started #cutting myself, and stopped eating. 
Mom noticed and back to #therapy I went.  I sat in session after session explaining how things made me feel. I needed to know how to cope but no such luck. At 15, I was taken out of #talktherapy and put on drugs. 
My first #antidepressant made me #hallucinate, gave me panic attack after panic attack. That was a fun day at school! My doctor changed my meds and for the first time in my life, I felt relief. 
Still, I had no #coping mechanisms for when the illness seeped through. And it did. 
So, I taught myself to #selftalk my way thro #anxiety and a #panic at least. 
Then I came down with a bad case of #grief and #PTSD. When I was 18, mom died of #cancer. When I was 19, I was #mugged and #raped. At 21, dad died of another #heartattack. And I developed more #toxic coping. I drank to not feel. 
My first step to health was an epic spiritual journey. I stopped drinking but I pushed myself to #exposuretherapy my way to normal.

And for a while, I could pass as normal. Until I would eventually break and close myself off from the world. 
This cycle continued until I became incredibly #angry. 
I'm finally saying enough is enough and going to respect myself for who I am & not try to be who ppl tell me I

My origin story. mental health addition: At 5, I was diagnosed with #panicdisorder, #anxietydisorder, and #majordepressivedisorder. This was the 80s and an unheard of diagnosis for a child so young. But the professionals did a piss poor job of treating me. I would go to #therapy and color. 🙄 As one of 6 kids in a home where dad was an abusive alcoholic, I was the only one in my family who had to go to therapy. 🙄🙄 I started to see myself as misshapen. I had no idea what was happening to me, but I desperately wanted to hide my wrongness. So, I spent most of my time and energy hiding my deformities, so much so that my teachers thought I would never learn how to read or do division. Fast forward to high school, having daily panic attacks, started #cutting myself, and stopped eating. Mom noticed and back to #therapy I went. I sat in session after session explaining how things made me feel. I needed to know how to cope but no such luck. At 15, I was taken out of #talktherapy and put on drugs. My first #antidepressant made me #hallucinate, gave me panic attack after panic attack. That was a fun day at school! My doctor changed my meds and for the first time in my life, I felt relief. Still, I had no #coping mechanisms for when the illness seeped through. And it did. So, I taught myself to #selftalk my way thro #anxiety and a #panic at least. Then I came down with a bad case of #grief and #PTSD. When I was 18, mom died of #cancer. When I was 19, I was #mugged and #raped. At 21, dad died of another #heartattack. And I developed more #toxic coping. I drank to not feel. My first step to health was an epic spiritual journey. I stopped drinking but I pushed myself to #exposuretherapy my way to normal. And for a while, I could pass as normal. Until I would eventually break and close myself off from the world. This cycle continued until I became incredibly #angry. I'm finally saying enough is enough and going to respect myself for who I am & not try to be who ppl tell me I "should" be. My journey to #holistic #health has already begun. But I want to document it here to hold myself #accountable, #reflect, and maybe see some patterns. Buckle up for the ride!

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👆🏻Just a proud moment of exposure therapy, I am soo god damn P R O U D of myself, 
Go on and tell yourself that too, because you deserve it 😊😊🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️♥️ I care, i understand ♥️🙏🏻 ________________________

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👆🏻Just a proud moment of exposure therapy, I am soo god damn P R O U D of myself, Go on and tell yourself that too, because you deserve it 😊😊🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️♥️ I care, i understand ♥️🙏🏻 ________________________ #kickingrecoverysass #exposuretherapy #proudofmyself #agoraphobia #agoraphobiarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #recovery #recoveryjourney #babysteps #progress #determined #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #recoveryisawesome #recoveryishard #mentalillnessrecovery

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Anxiety is what feeds ocd; the less anxiety reaction to a thought, the less they will pop up, and overtime with this habituation your ocd will fade. Two mindset tools: 1) having apathy when an obsessive thought comes 2) seeing your brain simply as a competitor that is trying to hype itself up and make you scared. The thoughts aren’t reality, it’s bully talk. Medication is effective for many, but realize that mindset is the primary and most important tool. Mindset habituation (CBT or ERP) & meds together work well, but medication alone is not reliable. <blogpost: 📲https://ochpa.com/overpowerocd/> •
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#mentalhealth #blogpost #mentalhealthblog #anxiety #ocd #depression #depressionedits #psychology #recovery #ocdrecovery #recoveryispossible  #ocdproblems #intrusivethoughts #irvine #orangecounty #tumblr #ocdawareness #pureocd #pureocdrecovery #harmocd #badthoughts #thoughtswontstop #intrusivethoughts #compulsion #innerpeace #ocdhelp #erp #cbt #exposuretherapy

Anxiety is what feeds ocd; the less anxiety reaction to a thought, the less they will pop up, and overtime with this habituation your ocd will fade. Two mindset tools: 1) having apathy when an obsessive thought comes 2) seeing your brain simply as a competitor that is trying to hype itself up and make you scared. The thoughts aren’t reality, it’s bully talk. Medication is effective for many, but realize that mindset is the primary and most important tool. Mindset habituation (CBT or ERP) & meds together work well, but medication alone is not reliable. • • • #mentalhealth #blogpost #mentalhealthblog #anxiety #ocd #depression #depressionedits #psychology #recovery #ocdrecovery #recoveryispossible #ocdproblems #intrusivethoughts #irvine #orangecounty #tumblr #ocdawareness #pureocd #pureocdrecovery #harmocd #badthoughts #thoughtswontstop #intrusivethoughts #compulsion #innerpeace #ocdhelp #erp #cbt #exposuretherapy

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Such a great workshop by #michaellovett on #storytelling and #publicspeaking put together by @juniorleaguesd yesterday! Learnt a ton and challenged myself speaking in front of a full room of people! 💪🤓 #exposuretherapy #publicspeaking #storytelling #michaellovett #juniorleaguesd #juniorleague #lajolla #workshop #learningstuff #challengeyourself @tedxsandiego

Such a great workshop by #michaellovett on #storytelling and #publicspeaking put together by @juniorleaguesd yesterday! Learnt a ton and challenged myself speaking in front of a full room of people! 💪🤓 #exposuretherapy #publicspeaking #storytelling #michaellovett #juniorleaguesd #juniorleague #lajolla #workshop #learningstuff #challengeyourself @tedxsandiego

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Hey gang, great news! 
If you want to catch my work in person look no further than @hbartoronto where they will be hanging two of my most beloved pieces:

Hey gang, great news! If you want to catch my work in person look no further than @hbartoronto where they will be hanging two of my most beloved pieces: "Wan-Yan" (square) and "Anne". Works will be hung and for sale at H Bar on Queen West until the bar's next artist rotation. Thanks for the opportunity to hang out for a while guys! #acrylic  #blogTO #queenwest #exposuretherapy #cityoftoronto #paint #artistoninstagram #color #colour #abstractexpressionist #abstractart #picoftheday  #torontoart #creative #condoart #homeart #countrygrown #farmboy #torontofashion #downtowntoronto #torontoartist  #lovetoronto #igerstoronto

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She’s gotten so brave...
The sight of a needle once struck terror in Natalie Guthrey. When someone tried to start an intravenous line or draw blood, she cried, clung to her parents, turned red and sweated profusely. “She would fight so hard that sometimes when they would get (the line) in, she would just wiggle it right out by flexing her muscles,” said her mom, Sarah. But that was then—Natalie as a 3-year-old. This is now: “I get pokes without even crying,” she says. As a 4-year-old, she shrugs off injections with a matter-of-fact, been-there, done-that attitude. She has had help getting to this point: from a child psychiatrist, Child Life specialists, her parents and the nurses and technicians who give injections and draw blood. Natalie’s care team gives most of the credit to Natalie. At 3 1/2 feet tall, she towers over a fear that once made her miserable. “She’s gotten so brave,” says Alejandro Quiroga, MD, her pediatric nephrologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
(Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
@health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

She’s gotten so brave... The sight of a needle once struck terror in Natalie Guthrey. When someone tried to start an intravenous line or draw blood, she cried, clung to her parents, turned red and sweated profusely. “She would fight so hard that sometimes when they would get (the line) in, she would just wiggle it right out by flexing her muscles,” said her mom, Sarah. But that was then—Natalie as a 3-year-old. This is now: “I get pokes without even crying,” she says. As a 4-year-old, she shrugs off injections with a matter-of-fact, been-there, done-that attitude. She has had help getting to this point: from a child psychiatrist, Child Life specialists, her parents and the nurses and technicians who give injections and draw blood. Natalie’s care team gives most of the credit to Natalie. At 3 1/2 feet tall, she towers over a fear that once made her miserable. “She’s gotten so brave,” says Alejandro Quiroga, MD, her pediatric nephrologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) @health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

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Ghost poop...
Natalie’s parents also received a helpful tip from Child Life specialists Katrena Froh and Ashley Kirvin: They suggested using a lidocaine cream to numb the skin before Natalie had an injection. “The first time she didn’t feel (the poke), she was so proud of herself,” Sarah says. “She couldn’t wait to tell everybody.” When she arrives at the outpatient laboratory with her parents for a blood draw, Natalie has a dab of white lidocaine cream in the crook of each arm, covered by clear bandages. Both arms are ready, so she can get her blood drawn from either one. “The cream helps,” Natalie says. With a little smile, she adds, “They call it ghost poop.” As Karen Kehr, a lab technician, prepares to draw blood, Natalie sits comfortably on her mom’s lap and holds out her arm. Just before the needle goes in, she closes her eyes tight. She winces briefly. And then she is calm. Kehr draws the vials of blood. And then, her job done, Natalie hops down to pick out a sticker and a “poke prize” from the treasure box. She picks extras for her younger sisters, Abby and Esther.
(Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
@health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

Ghost poop... Natalie’s parents also received a helpful tip from Child Life specialists Katrena Froh and Ashley Kirvin: They suggested using a lidocaine cream to numb the skin before Natalie had an injection. “The first time she didn’t feel (the poke), she was so proud of herself,” Sarah says. “She couldn’t wait to tell everybody.” When she arrives at the outpatient laboratory with her parents for a blood draw, Natalie has a dab of white lidocaine cream in the crook of each arm, covered by clear bandages. Both arms are ready, so she can get her blood drawn from either one. “The cream helps,” Natalie says. With a little smile, she adds, “They call it ghost poop.” As Karen Kehr, a lab technician, prepares to draw blood, Natalie sits comfortably on her mom’s lap and holds out her arm. Just before the needle goes in, she closes her eyes tight. She winces briefly. And then she is calm. Kehr draws the vials of blood. And then, her job done, Natalie hops down to pick out a sticker and a “poke prize” from the treasure box. She picks extras for her younger sisters, Abby and Esther. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) @health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

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Lots of pokes...
Natalie’s battle with pokes began when she developed kidney disease. The first symptoms emerged in February 2017, not long after she turned 3. A bad cold left her body swollen. At their family doctor’s advice, her parents, Sarah and Eric Guthrey, took Natalie to the emergency department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Tests showed she had minimal change disease—a disease that damages the filtering units of the kidney. It is the major cause of nephrotic syndrome, a condition that involves spilling protein in the urine and swelling. To treat the disease, Natalie began receiving IV steroid treatments. And she needed regular blood tests—sometimes as often as once a week. She also made four trips to the ER in a single year. The result: lots of pokes. The nurses, lab technicians and Child Life specialists have quite a few tricks up their sleeves to help kids manage a fear of shots—they blow bubbles, play games and watch shows on iPads. But Natalie’s fear became so intense, those distractions had no effect. They tried giving Natalie nitrous oxide—known as laughing gas—to ease her anxiety, but she was terrified of the mask used to deliver the gas. Sedatives also didn’t help. Despite all the efforts of the staff and her parents, Natalie’s fear of injections turned to terror.
(Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
@health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

Lots of pokes... Natalie’s battle with pokes began when she developed kidney disease. The first symptoms emerged in February 2017, not long after she turned 3. A bad cold left her body swollen. At their family doctor’s advice, her parents, Sarah and Eric Guthrey, took Natalie to the emergency department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Tests showed she had minimal change disease—a disease that damages the filtering units of the kidney. It is the major cause of nephrotic syndrome, a condition that involves spilling protein in the urine and swelling. To treat the disease, Natalie began receiving IV steroid treatments. And she needed regular blood tests—sometimes as often as once a week. She also made four trips to the ER in a single year. The result: lots of pokes. The nurses, lab technicians and Child Life specialists have quite a few tricks up their sleeves to help kids manage a fear of shots—they blow bubbles, play games and watch shows on iPads. But Natalie’s fear became so intense, those distractions had no effect. They tried giving Natalie nitrous oxide—known as laughing gas—to ease her anxiety, but she was terrified of the mask used to deliver the gas. Sedatives also didn’t help. Despite all the efforts of the staff and her parents, Natalie’s fear of injections turned to terror. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) @health.beat @DevosChildrens #anesthetic #lidocaine #shots #needles #fearofneedles #ChildLife #exposuretherapy #HelenDeVosChildrensHospital #nephroticsyndrome #kidneydisease #poke #ChildrensHealth

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Happy Veterans Day to everyone who served for our country! In my job, I come across a lot of veterans and in the past year I have started thanking them for their service. Growing up, I didn’t have much exposure to veterans and didn’t know how to properly acknowledge their service without feeling awkward or bringing up something too personal. I've since realized it's a very small, but meaningful way to acknowledge their sacrifices.⁣⁣
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Today it feels important to share some information about PTSD among veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates about 13.8 percent of the veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan currently have PTSD.  Thats 4x the amount of occurrence in civilians. ⁣⁣
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PTSD is probably at least partially at the root of an even more alarming statistic: Upwards of 22 veterans commit suicide every day. ⁣⁣
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Exposure therapies are based on the idea that the fear response that gives rise to many of the traumatic symptoms can be dampened through repeated exposures to the traumatic event. Cognitive therapies work on developing personal coping methods and slowly changing unhelpful or destructive thought patterns that are contributing to symptoms (for example, the shame one might feel at not successfully completing a mission or saving a comrade).⁣⁣
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Several studies have shown that patients improve most when they’ve chosen their own therapy. But even if they narrow their choices to the ones backed by the weight of the National Center for PTSD by using the center’s online Treatment Decision Aid, patients would still find themselves weighing 5 options, each of which is evidence-based but entails a different psychomedical model of trauma and healing.⁣
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This buffet of treatment options lets us set aside our lack of understanding of why people experience trauma and respond to interventions so differently. It also relieves the pressure to develop a complete treatment model of PTSD. We reframe the problem as a consumer issue instead of a scientific one.⁣⁣
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Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/from-shell-shock-to-ptsd-a-century-of-invisible-war-trauma⁣⁣
📸: @sarashakeel

Happy Veterans Day to everyone who served for our country! In my job, I come across a lot of veterans and in the past year I have started thanking them for their service. Growing up, I didn’t have much exposure to veterans and didn’t know how to properly acknowledge their service without feeling awkward or bringing up something too personal. I've since realized it's a very small, but meaningful way to acknowledge their sacrifices.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Today it feels important to share some information about PTSD among veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates about 13.8 percent of the veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan currently have PTSD. Thats 4x the amount of occurrence in civilians. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ PTSD is probably at least partially at the root of an even more alarming statistic: Upwards of 22 veterans commit suicide every day. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Exposure therapies are based on the idea that the fear response that gives rise to many of the traumatic symptoms can be dampened through repeated exposures to the traumatic event. Cognitive therapies work on developing personal coping methods and slowly changing unhelpful or destructive thought patterns that are contributing to symptoms (for example, the shame one might feel at not successfully completing a mission or saving a comrade).⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Several studies have shown that patients improve most when they’ve chosen their own therapy. But even if they narrow their choices to the ones backed by the weight of the National Center for PTSD by using the center’s online Treatment Decision Aid, patients would still find themselves weighing 5 options, each of which is evidence-based but entails a different psychomedical model of trauma and healing.⁣ ⁣ This buffet of treatment options lets us set aside our lack of understanding of why people experience trauma and respond to interventions so differently. It also relieves the pressure to develop a complete treatment model of PTSD. We reframe the problem as a consumer issue instead of a scientific one.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/from-shell-shock-to-ptsd-a-century-of-invisible-war-trauma⁣⁣ 📸: @sarashakeel

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Hey 👋🏻 I thought I would introduce myself,
My name is Emma, I am married to the most wonderful man, we got married in  2012, and have been together for 15 years, and we have 4 beautiful children.
I was born and raised in Tasmania, and we are currently living in a seaside town 🏖 I absolutely love it, being soo close to the beach 🙌🏻😍☺️ I am on a massive recovery journey, getting my life back, one day at a time, after being diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, which absolutely altered my life, and my family’s, when I fell ill after my second daughter was born in 2006, 
Severe anxiety, panic disorder, panic attacks, and agoraphobia had me in its grip, I was housebound, and I felt totally and utterly defeated, but I never gave up, all thanks to my husband 😍😍 My illness stripped me of everything, 
my life just shrunk, 
I couldn’t make friends, I was only existing.

It went on like this for years, and I couldn’t understand why, I asked for help, but all I got was shrugged off, and I just thought I was doing this to myself.
No matter what I tried to do, nothing changed, I was SOO UNHAPPY 😔 
I felt totally helpless, and being a mother, and a wife, it was soo difficult for me, when I couldn’t even be there for myself.
Shopping, outings, anything that involved being out of the house, was just too much, it was out of the question, I would just feel too overwhelmed, so I would just stay indoors.

It went on like this FOR YEARS,
Till finally,  in May 4th 2016, I got diagnosed, we found a doctor that helped me, he truely cared 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Just knowing why I was feeling the way I did, and I wasn’t doing it to myself, has been ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 😀🙌🏻 I only have trace elements of the chemical, serotonin, in my brain 🧠 
which explains soo much.

I am 2 1/2 years into recovery now, it’s been hard, rewarding, and empowering,
To feel, what it feels like to be happy, is indescribable 😄😄😄😄
I am finally getting my life back, and not just existing, and I am soo damn proud of myself, and how far I have come 👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻😄😄🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻 Having gone through such a traumatic experience, and I still am, and now being in recovery, i DO NOT want anyone to go through what I went , continued in comments..

Hey 👋🏻 I thought I would introduce myself, My name is Emma, I am married to the most wonderful man, we got married in 2012, and have been together for 15 years, and we have 4 beautiful children. I was born and raised in Tasmania, and we are currently living in a seaside town 🏖 I absolutely love it, being soo close to the beach 🙌🏻😍☺️ I am on a massive recovery journey, getting my life back, one day at a time, after being diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, which absolutely altered my life, and my family’s, when I fell ill after my second daughter was born in 2006, Severe anxiety, panic disorder, panic attacks, and agoraphobia had me in its grip, I was housebound, and I felt totally and utterly defeated, but I never gave up, all thanks to my husband 😍😍 My illness stripped me of everything, my life just shrunk, I couldn’t make friends, I was only existing. It went on like this for years, and I couldn’t understand why, I asked for help, but all I got was shrugged off, and I just thought I was doing this to myself. No matter what I tried to do, nothing changed, I was SOO UNHAPPY 😔 I felt totally helpless, and being a mother, and a wife, it was soo difficult for me, when I couldn’t even be there for myself. Shopping, outings, anything that involved being out of the house, was just too much, it was out of the question, I would just feel too overwhelmed, so I would just stay indoors. It went on like this FOR YEARS, Till finally, in May 4th 2016, I got diagnosed, we found a doctor that helped me, he truely cared 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Just knowing why I was feeling the way I did, and I wasn’t doing it to myself, has been ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 😀🙌🏻 I only have trace elements of the chemical, serotonin, in my brain 🧠 which explains soo much. I am 2 1/2 years into recovery now, it’s been hard, rewarding, and empowering, To feel, what it feels like to be happy, is indescribable 😄😄😄😄 I am finally getting my life back, and not just existing, and I am soo damn proud of myself, and how far I have come 👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻😄😄🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻 Having gone through such a traumatic experience, and I still am, and now being in recovery, i DO NOT want anyone to go through what I went , continued in comments..

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Stéphane Bouchard,  a psychology professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais holds the Canada Research Chair in #clinicalcyberpsychology sells #simulations to help with #ptsd which provides #virtualreality #exposuretherapy which is just as effective as traditional exposure therapy. A couple days ago I was discussing in #secondlife with a engineer how the virtual world could be utilized for various other mental and social issues. It's like a safe haven to practice the behavior you want to achieve in the real world or a more advanced #visionboard for re-training your subconscious to be what you want it to be. Some people may see #secondlife as a game but it is a tool that is as great as its users utilize it to be. Unlike the simulations talked about in the article, Second Life is a uncontrolled environment where you can run into some negative people but you can seek out therapy #inworld and other positive people and places. Search to visit areas caterig to specific interests like jazz music instead of just general chat areas where #trolls wait to dish out #emotionalabuse

Stéphane Bouchard, a psychology professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais holds the Canada Research Chair in #clinicalcyberpsychology sells #simulations to help with #ptsd which provides #virtualreality #exposuretherapy which is just as effective as traditional exposure therapy. A couple days ago I was discussing in #secondlife with a engineer how the virtual world could be utilized for various other mental and social issues. It's like a safe haven to practice the behavior you want to achieve in the real world or a more advanced #visionboard for re-training your subconscious to be what you want it to be. Some people may see #secondlife as a game but it is a tool that is as great as its users utilize it to be. Unlike the simulations talked about in the article, Second Life is a uncontrolled environment where you can run into some negative people but you can seek out therapy #inworld and other positive people and places. Search to visit areas caterig to specific interests like jazz music instead of just general chat areas where #trolls wait to dish out #emotionalabuse

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𝐻𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 𝑀🌺𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎♡𝓃𝑒 
It’s the most beautiful day today, school drop of all done ✅ 
the suns out ☀️ and I’m feeling positive, blessed and very grateful ☺️🌸🌈 First coffee ☕️ was consumed,
now to get stuck into the laundry, and kitchen 🙌🏻😳🤣 Have an amazing day all 😀😀😀 ________________________

#mentalawarenesstrain#anxiety#mumlife#mummylife#unitedinmotherhood#mother#mumoffour#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#thisismotherhood#motherhoodrising#ig_motherhood#kindredmemories#inbeautyandchaos#memoriesofmotherhood#mydaughter#worldoflittles#motherhoodthroughinstagram#daughter#family#love#motherhoodsimplified#candidmotherhood#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#love#treasuringlittlememories#mentalhealthmatters#unconditionallove#exposuretherapy#goodmorning#mymorning#feelingpositive

𝐻𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 𝑀🌺𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎♡𝓃𝑒 It’s the most beautiful day today, school drop of all done ✅ the suns out ☀️ and I’m feeling positive, blessed and very grateful ☺️🌸🌈 First coffee ☕️ was consumed, now to get stuck into the laundry, and kitchen 🙌🏻😳🤣 Have an amazing day all 😀😀😀 ________________________ #mentalawarenesstrain #anxiety #mumlife #mummylife #unitedinmotherhood #mother #mumoffour #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #thisismotherhood #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #kindredmemories #inbeautyandchaos #memoriesofmotherhood #mydaughter #worldoflittles #motherhoodthroughinstagram #daughter #family #love #motherhoodsimplified #candidmotherhood #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #love #treasuringlittlememories #mentalhealthmatters #unconditionallove #exposuretherapy #goodmorning #mymorning #feelingpositive

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Social anxiety can lead to feeling anxious when meeting new people, presenting in front of people, or at social gatherings. There are usually continuous worries about judgement that lead to avoidance, and result in living a life based on fear. ➡️
There is a solution and hope. People can change to a life based on their values and goals instead of a life based on fear. Join the crowd and live your life to the fullest. ◾
Fyi; the Bowery Mural wall changes all the time and sometimes has very interesting art. The one I'm standing in front of here is from 2016. ◾
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Social anxiety can lead to feeling anxious when meeting new people, presenting in front of people, or at social gatherings. There are usually continuous worries about judgement that lead to avoidance, and result in living a life based on fear. ➡️ There is a solution and hope. People can change to a life based on their values and goals instead of a life based on fear. Join the crowd and live your life to the fullest. ◾ Fyi; the Bowery Mural wall changes all the time and sometimes has very interesting art. The one I'm standing in front of here is from 2016. ◾ ◾ Disclaimer: By entering this site/social media account you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand these disclaimers, and that your agreement to follow these terms is voluntary. Please keep in mind that the information offered on this social media account is for informational purposes only and is not, nor is it intended to be, psychotherapy, or psychological advice, or medical advice. Using, accessing, and/or browsing this social media and/or providing personal or medical information to the Author does not constitute a physician-patient relationship. You should not rely on anything contained in this social media, and you should consult a mental health provider/physician licensed in your state. This site/social media account is open to the public, therefore do not include anything in a comment or message that you would like to keep private. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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Try using feared images or words to male an exposure frame. In my examples, the frame on the left is for religious scrupulosity fears- this devil and satanic symbols- and has lots of asymmetry and imperfections that might pose a challenge for someone who has symmetry or perfectionism obsessions. The frame on the right is my own exposure frame. I used clippings from a cosmopolitan magazine that I’ve been using for exposures over the past few days. Once I pop a picture of myself in there, I can put the frame in my bedroom to act as an exposure every time I look at it.  Another idea might be to put gravestones on a frame and frame a picture of loved ones you worry will die. Lots of room for creativity here!
#ocdillustrated #exposuretherapycrafts #ocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder  #ocdawareness #realocd #exposuretherapy #erp #exposureresponseprevention #cbt #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #ocdtherapy #ocdrecovery

Try using feared images or words to male an exposure frame. In my examples, the frame on the left is for religious scrupulosity fears- this devil and satanic symbols- and has lots of asymmetry and imperfections that might pose a challenge for someone who has symmetry or perfectionism obsessions. The frame on the right is my own exposure frame. I used clippings from a cosmopolitan magazine that I’ve been using for exposures over the past few days. Once I pop a picture of myself in there, I can put the frame in my bedroom to act as an exposure every time I look at it. Another idea might be to put gravestones on a frame and frame a picture of loved ones you worry will die. Lots of room for creativity here! #ocdillustrated #exposuretherapycrafts #ocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocdawareness #realocd #exposuretherapy #erp #exposureresponseprevention #cbt #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #ocdtherapy #ocdrecovery

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Veterans Day serves to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. There were around 20.4 million U.S. veterans in 2016, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This represents less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population. For all too many veterans, however, returning from military service sometimes means coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experts are always exploring new ideas to better treat veterans suffering from PTSD. Treatment has varied from medication to psychotherapy. One of the techniques, called exposure therapy, is already a common treatment for anxiety and specific phobias. So, it’s only natural to understand its use for treating PTSD with the use of virtual reality.

Visit the link in our profile to read how virtual reality is being used to better treat veterans suffering from PTSD.

#VeteransDay #veterans #virtualreality #VR #PTSD #usairforce #usarmy #navy #usnavy #usveterans #exposuretherapy

Veterans Day serves to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. There were around 20.4 million U.S. veterans in 2016, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This represents less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population. For all too many veterans, however, returning from military service sometimes means coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experts are always exploring new ideas to better treat veterans suffering from PTSD. Treatment has varied from medication to psychotherapy. One of the techniques, called exposure therapy, is already a common treatment for anxiety and specific phobias. So, it’s only natural to understand its use for treating PTSD with the use of virtual reality. Visit the link in our profile to read how virtual reality is being used to better treat veterans suffering from PTSD. #VeteransDay #veterans #virtualreality #VR #PTSD #usairforce #usarmy #navy #usnavy #usveterans #exposuretherapy

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I went clothes shopping the other day and also today. You can see that the clothes are a bit too small on me coz I’m not sure what size I am anymore. Honestly they were both hard for me because my entire life I’d been a XS. Before I hit puberty and didn’t have any curves and then when I developed my ed and now that I’ve gained the weight back (which I’m happy about) it’s a bit hard to go clothes shopping. I know that there’s nothing wrong with my body and I know that I look fine but it’s just hard when you get labelled as a XS, S, M, L or XL. And I don’t even feel uncomfortable because of how much weight I’ve regained, it’s mainly just being associated with labels on my size or just societies emphasis on size. But I know that it will get easier over time and that it’s just a matter of exposure therapy. #edrecovery #bulimia #mentalhealth #eatingdisorderrecovery #prorecovery #strongnotskinny #healthynotskinny #edwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #eatingdisorderawareness #recovery #exposuretherapy #blog #iamnot1in5

I went clothes shopping the other day and also today. You can see that the clothes are a bit too small on me coz I’m not sure what size I am anymore. Honestly they were both hard for me because my entire life I’d been a XS. Before I hit puberty and didn’t have any curves and then when I developed my ed and now that I’ve gained the weight back (which I’m happy about) it’s a bit hard to go clothes shopping. I know that there’s nothing wrong with my body and I know that I look fine but it’s just hard when you get labelled as a XS, S, M, L or XL. And I don’t even feel uncomfortable because of how much weight I’ve regained, it’s mainly just being associated with labels on my size or just societies emphasis on size. But I know that it will get easier over time and that it’s just a matter of exposure therapy. #edrecovery #bulimia #mentalhealth #eatingdisorderrecovery #prorecovery #strongnotskinny #healthynotskinny #edwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #eatingdisorderawareness #recovery #exposuretherapy #blog #iamnot1in5

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Sunday morning.. 40mg into increased dosage and being magnified by the Kid.. What can I say.. Great is too small a word for how I feel..

Sunday morning.. 40mg into increased dosage and being magnified by the Kid.. What can I say.. Great is too small a word for how I feel..

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Things that make me happy when happiness is hard to find and I have to create it myself:
• a giant pile of autumn leaves
• catching the sunset right at its most beautiful phase
• shaved legs and fresh sheets
• a banana at the perfect stage of ripe-ness
• watching my dog sleep peacefully
• going to sleep at night without having to set an alarm for the next day
• that first sip of coffee in the morning
• hearing an old song you used to love but forgot about
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What are some things that you would add?
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@thisisahappypage
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #recovery #ocd #ocdawareness #obsessive #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #obsessivecompulsive #anxiety #themighty #exposure #exposuretherapy #therapy #selflove #forgiveness #love #selfforgiveness #selfcare #selfcarefirst #change #adjustment #adjustmentperiod #smallvictories #smallvictoriesdaily #happiness #happinessdaily #createhappiness #happy #behappy

Things that make me happy when happiness is hard to find and I have to create it myself: • a giant pile of autumn leaves • catching the sunset right at its most beautiful phase • shaved legs and fresh sheets • a banana at the perfect stage of ripe-ness • watching my dog sleep peacefully • going to sleep at night without having to set an alarm for the next day • that first sip of coffee in the morning • hearing an old song you used to love but forgot about • ? • ? What are some things that you would add? • @thisisahappypage #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #recovery #ocd #ocdawareness #obsessive #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #obsessivecompulsive #anxiety #themighty #exposure #exposuretherapy #therapy #selflove #forgiveness #love #selfforgiveness #selfcare #selfcarefirst #change #adjustment #adjustmentperiod #smallvictories #smallvictoriesdaily #happiness #happinessdaily #createhappiness #happy #behappy

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Crab season! 🦀 #moanaruinedcrabs #scary #pinchers #exposuretherapy #success

Crab season! 🦀 #moanaruinedcrabs #scary #pinchers #exposuretherapy #success

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They still freak me out a bit but @flisstagram is helping me through this hard time. With her help I will overcome my penguin anxiety. #freaks #penguins #justnotright #exposuretherapy #toughtimes #lothertonhall #freakofnature #humboldt #penguin

They still freak me out a bit but @flisstagram is helping me through this hard time. With her help I will overcome my penguin anxiety. #freaks #penguins #justnotright #exposuretherapy #toughtimes #lothertonhall #freakofnature #humboldt #penguin

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I decided to go into Kmart today, I wanted to test if I could do it, if I could be in a public place and buy something without completely melting down. I didn't do this on my own, I had my Partner with me. 
To give you some contents, I collapsed in Woolworths at the checkout in July resulting in me being taken to hospital with a very fast heart rate. About 175bpm, it didn't respond to anti anxiety medication so I was given a beta blocker,
This has been an on going issue with me and my anxiety. 
I went into Kmart and my anxiety was about 5/10 I was uncomfortable but able to walk around. 
As I walked around it got worse maybe 7/10 and I tried to breathe I repeated my mantras, I managed to spend 20 minutes in the store. 
As I got to the checkout, that's when I couldn't handle it anymore. 10/10 I felt the blood drain from my face and I was shaking, full body shaking. I was going to faint, I could feel it my heart rate was rising and fast. 
I handed my Partner the shopping and walked out.  This is just a video of my hands still shaking even after the event. 
I want to get to a place where I can do this on my own, I basically want to get back to the confident person I was. Someone who flew overseas by herself, someone who lived on her own, someone who had a fast paced customer service role....
I hope I get to be who I truly am again one day.

I decided to go into Kmart today, I wanted to test if I could do it, if I could be in a public place and buy something without completely melting down. I didn't do this on my own, I had my Partner with me. To give you some contents, I collapsed in Woolworths at the checkout in July resulting in me being taken to hospital with a very fast heart rate. About 175bpm, it didn't respond to anti anxiety medication so I was given a beta blocker, This has been an on going issue with me and my anxiety. I went into Kmart and my anxiety was about 5/10 I was uncomfortable but able to walk around. As I walked around it got worse maybe 7/10 and I tried to breathe I repeated my mantras, I managed to spend 20 minutes in the store. As I got to the checkout, that's when I couldn't handle it anymore. 10/10 I felt the blood drain from my face and I was shaking, full body shaking. I was going to faint, I could feel it my heart rate was rising and fast. I handed my Partner the shopping and walked out. This is just a video of my hands still shaking even after the event. I want to get to a place where I can do this on my own, I basically want to get back to the confident person I was. Someone who flew overseas by herself, someone who lived on her own, someone who had a fast paced customer service role.... I hope I get to be who I truly am again one day.

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I’ve got too many clothes. Said no girl ever...
Well, this is a difficult one because my OCD interferes in me treating myself to things, (due to intrusive thoughts.) So I find myself with a limited wardrobe! And this is difficult, but it’s an example of how OCD can effect all areas of someone’s life, which is why I think it’s important to highlight. And so, seeing this notice when shopping is a cue for a ninja move to kick its ass! 
Whoever you are you have to learn to be good to yourself the same as others! Which is hard af. 
But, we can do it. 
Have a great weekend pals Xx

#ocd #ocdsucks #ocdisamentalillness #ocdrecovery #mentalillnessisreal #innerninja #recoveryninja #ninjamoves #trybegoodtoyourselftoo #anxiety #eatingdisorders #ptsd #depression #therapyiskey #exposuretherapy

I’ve got too many clothes. Said no girl ever... Well, this is a difficult one because my OCD interferes in me treating myself to things, (due to intrusive thoughts.) So I find myself with a limited wardrobe! And this is difficult, but it’s an example of how OCD can effect all areas of someone’s life, which is why I think it’s important to highlight. And so, seeing this notice when shopping is a cue for a ninja move to kick its ass! Whoever you are you have to learn to be good to yourself the same as others! Which is hard af. But, we can do it. Have a great weekend pals Xx #ocd #ocdsucks #ocdisamentalillness #ocdrecovery #mentalillnessisreal #innerninja #recoveryninja #ninjamoves #trybegoodtoyourselftoo #anxiety #eatingdisorders #ptsd #depression #therapyiskey #exposuretherapy

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Found this book at the library today. I read the first bit of the chapter and I’m feeling good already. I’ve read many anxiety books before but it’s nice to know that all of this is being talked about. When I read it in book form, I’m reminded that a lot of my behavior is “normal” and I’m not alone. The first bit they introduce what CBT is and mainly coping. It is about “changing how you think, evaluating threats more accurately, and building confidence in ability to handle these ...” I really need help in that. Going to be working on being more rational about situations and not make everything the end of the world. What books have helped you for anxiety? #agoraphobia #panicattacks #anxiety #anxietyattack #cbt #exposuretherapy #mentalhealth #panicdisorder #socialanxietydisorder

Found this book at the library today. I read the first bit of the chapter and I’m feeling good already. I’ve read many anxiety books before but it’s nice to know that all of this is being talked about. When I read it in book form, I’m reminded that a lot of my behavior is “normal” and I’m not alone. The first bit they introduce what CBT is and mainly coping. It is about “changing how you think, evaluating threats more accurately, and building confidence in ability to handle these ...” I really need help in that. Going to be working on being more rational about situations and not make everything the end of the world. What books have helped you for anxiety? #agoraphobia #panicattacks #anxiety #anxietyattack #cbt #exposuretherapy #mentalhealth #panicdisorder #socialanxietydisorder

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Recovery is hard,
Recovery is worth it,
Recovery is awesome,

I AM IN RECOVERY, AND ITS DEFINITELY POSSIBLE 🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 I have felt the worst I have ever felt in my life, 
Everything seemed impossible,
I felt broken, worthless, hopeless and alone.

I wanted my mind to stop, I wanted to feel happiness.
I was sick of me.

But how the hell do you escape from yourself, you cannot.
Recovery is the only way, we can’t do it alone.

I am Taking the power back 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 ALL the doubt and fear in the world was felt, and now I’m feeling happiness, and want to shout it from the rooftops 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻😃😃😃💥💥💥🌈🌈🌈🌈 I could of cartwheeled down the isles 😂😜🙌🏻🙌🏻 Todays shopping trip, pic taken by hubby ♥️♥️♥️♥️ _____________________

#kickingrecoverysass 
#exposuretherapy 
#proudofmyself
#agoraphobia
#agoraphobiarecovery 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#mentalhealth
#mentalillnessawareness
#mentalillness
#recovery
#recoveryjourney
#babysteps
#progress
#determined
#recoveryispossible 
#recoveryisworthit 
#recoveryisawesome 
#recoveryishard
#mentalillnessrecovery

Recovery is hard, Recovery is worth it, Recovery is awesome, I AM IN RECOVERY, AND ITS DEFINITELY POSSIBLE 🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 I have felt the worst I have ever felt in my life, Everything seemed impossible, I felt broken, worthless, hopeless and alone. I wanted my mind to stop, I wanted to feel happiness. I was sick of me. But how the hell do you escape from yourself, you cannot. Recovery is the only way, we can’t do it alone. I am Taking the power back 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 ALL the doubt and fear in the world was felt, and now I’m feeling happiness, and want to shout it from the rooftops 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻😃😃😃💥💥💥🌈🌈🌈🌈 I could of cartwheeled down the isles 😂😜🙌🏻🙌🏻 Todays shopping trip, pic taken by hubby ♥️♥️♥️♥️ _____________________ #kickingrecoverysass #exposuretherapy #proudofmyself #agoraphobia #agoraphobiarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #recovery #recoveryjourney #babysteps #progress #determined #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #recoveryisawesome #recoveryishard #mentalillnessrecovery

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This evenings sunset. The wind was blowing on and off; I was attempting to get a nice & silky long exposure, that wasn’t the case. You can actually see the water skimming as the wind carries it along the surface, it’s a different visual effect. I still think it looks cool!

This evenings sunset. The wind was blowing on and off; I was attempting to get a nice & silky long exposure, that wasn’t the case. You can actually see the water skimming as the wind carries it along the surface, it’s a different visual effect. I still think it looks cool!

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Thinking back when we kicked this off as a rough cut —
#Repost @indieflixceo
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Ready for China! First public screening of Angst is in Shenzhen for a conference on positive education and mental health. funny thing is there's a typhoon about to hit Hong Kong and Shenzhen… Talk about anxiety!  I'm sure all will be just fine! #exposuretherapy  #indieflix #indieflixfoundation #angstmovie #china #shenzhen #normalize #conversation #anxiety #mentalheath #kids #families #you #me #roughcut #testaudience  #angstmovie

Thinking back when we kicked this off as a rough cut — #Repost @indieflixceo ・・・ Ready for China! First public screening of Angst is in Shenzhen for a conference on positive education and mental health. funny thing is there's a typhoon about to hit Hong Kong and Shenzhen… Talk about anxiety! I'm sure all will be just fine! #exposuretherapy #indieflix #indieflixfoundation #angstmovie #china #shenzhen #normalize #conversation #anxiety #mentalheath #kids #families #you #me #roughcut #testaudience #angstmovie

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Props to Mya for making it the 3 miles home after the rain hit.  Maybe now she’ll stop going to the bathroom in the house when it rains!#exposuretherapy #rainyrun #cavalierkingcharlesspaniel #makingmemories 😂

Props to Mya for making it the 3 miles home after the rain hit. Maybe now she’ll stop going to the bathroom in the house when it rains!#exposuretherapy #rainyrun #cavalierkingcharlesspaniel #makingmemories 😂

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November Anxiety #Pupdate : good morning, everypawdy! I wanted update you all on my battle with anxiety! So... I used to refuse to even go out the front door in the city, but now I walk right out with ease. I don’t LOVE Wickenden St (busy hip street in Providence near my apartment), but mom walks me there daily now and it’s making a big difference!!! My city anxiety has decreased sooooo much. Mom is wondering whether or not my daily cbd oil may be helping as well! My other big trigger is people... people still scare me. I’m way better than I was, but it’s still a big fear for me. Mom tries to bring me around new people that she trusts as often as she can, but it’s not quite as easy to coordinate as a walk down the street is. Anyway, I’m still working! My progress is great! Any advice?
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#coopergriffinw #dogsofnewengland #muttsofinstagram #anxiousdog #cbdoil #cbdoilfordogs #anxiety #doganxiety #conqueringanxiety #exposuretherapy #exposuretherapyfordogs #scaredyboy #rescued #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop

November Anxiety #Pupdate : good morning, everypawdy! I wanted update you all on my battle with anxiety! So... I used to refuse to even go out the front door in the city, but now I walk right out with ease. I don’t LOVE Wickenden St (busy hip street in Providence near my apartment), but mom walks me there daily now and it’s making a big difference!!! My city anxiety has decreased sooooo much. Mom is wondering whether or not my daily cbd oil may be helping as well! My other big trigger is people... people still scare me. I’m way better than I was, but it’s still a big fear for me. Mom tries to bring me around new people that she trusts as often as she can, but it’s not quite as easy to coordinate as a walk down the street is. Anyway, I’m still working! My progress is great! Any advice? . . . , #coopergriffinw #dogsofnewengland #muttsofinstagram #anxiousdog #cbdoil #cbdoilfordogs #anxiety #doganxiety #conqueringanxiety #exposuretherapy #exposuretherapyfordogs #scaredyboy #rescued #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop

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Just a few things I plan on working on. What I have realized is little progress is better than no progress. Elevators scare me because I’ve been stuck in one and panicked. I usually avoid them and take the stairs. Traffic is another one because I feel trapped and if I needed to escape I wouldn’t be able too. Same thing with large crowds. I avoid staying home alone because I feel panicky, and feel there would be no one to comfort or help me in a panic situation. Driving alone and long distances is my ultimate goal. I used to be able to drive hours and hours alone. These were never issues in the past but life happens, the reality is I can’t let these fears hold me back. I realize It’s a false sense of security to avoid them. So I’m taking action, for myself and my family. Even if it feels embarrassing or uncomfortable. #panicattackssuck #panickattacks #generalizedanxietydisorder #phobias #agoraphobia #anxiety #panic #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #elevatorphobia #anxietymemes #anxietyattack  #fear #panicdisorder #exposuretherapy #babysteps

Just a few things I plan on working on. What I have realized is little progress is better than no progress. Elevators scare me because I’ve been stuck in one and panicked. I usually avoid them and take the stairs. Traffic is another one because I feel trapped and if I needed to escape I wouldn’t be able too. Same thing with large crowds. I avoid staying home alone because I feel panicky, and feel there would be no one to comfort or help me in a panic situation. Driving alone and long distances is my ultimate goal. I used to be able to drive hours and hours alone. These were never issues in the past but life happens, the reality is I can’t let these fears hold me back. I realize It’s a false sense of security to avoid them. So I’m taking action, for myself and my family. Even if it feels embarrassing or uncomfortable. #panicattackssuck #panickattacks #generalizedanxietydisorder #phobias #agoraphobia #anxiety #panic #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #elevatorphobia #anxietymemes #anxietyattack #fear #panicdisorder #exposuretherapy #babysteps

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Drive-Thru Anxiety 
Do you ever feel anxiety or panic coming on when you are in a drive-thru? It feels like you are trapped! It’s something I’ve been working on but It’s difficult to do alone right now. So my supportive wife is usually with me. #anxiety #panic #panicattacks #drivethruanxiety #anxietyattacks #becalm #feelingtrapped #feelingstuck #needtoescape #exposuretherapy #beatanxiety #stoppanicking #mentalheath #anxietydisorder #selfhelp #anxietysucks

Drive-Thru Anxiety Do you ever feel anxiety or panic coming on when you are in a drive-thru? It feels like you are trapped! It’s something I’ve been working on but It’s difficult to do alone right now. So my supportive wife is usually with me. #anxiety #panic #panicattacks #drivethruanxiety #anxietyattacks #becalm #feelingtrapped #feelingstuck #needtoescape #exposuretherapy #beatanxiety #stoppanicking #mentalheath #anxietydisorder #selfhelp #anxietysucks

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Have you heard of Inhibitory Learning Model ERP? Has it got you confused? Here is a helpful visual representation. When ERP was first developed, it was all about habituation and unlearning fear. People used hierarchies of exposures ranked from least distressing to most distressing and repeated exposure tasks until they no longer felt scared. They measured this with Subjective Units of Distress scores (ex: when I say I was at a 4/7, that’s my SUDscore). And ERP was really effective. But then researchers did more studies and discovered that brains really don’t unlearn anything, they just learn new things that eventually overpower the old learning. So the theory of how ERP worked needed to be adjusted. Researchers theorized that instead of unlearning or shrinking fear, ERP works by learning safety. Once the safety learning is “bigger” than the fear learning, symptoms subside. However, the fear learning is still there, which is why symptoms can recur. To use the new inhibitory learning model, some new strategies were added to the ERP toolkit. These are things like using a menu of exposures rather than a hierarchy and choosing randomly,practicing exposures in a variety of settings to promote generalization of safety learning, combining multiple triggers at once (like when I exercise in yoga pants while listening to feared music), and accepting that distress is an ok feeling to have and normal part of the human experience. Instead of trying to eliminate distress, we focus on acting in helpful and healthy ways however we happen to be feeling.  Inhibitory learning model has updated some of the ERP strategies, but what has NOT changed is that ERP WORKS! You can mix and match strategies from the habituation model and the inhibitory learning model to meet your individual needs.  #ocdillustrated #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocd #ocdawareness #ocdtherapy #ocdrecovery #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #cbt #exposuretherapy #exposureandresponseprevention #erp #evidencebasedtherapy #realocd #ocdresearch

Have you heard of Inhibitory Learning Model ERP? Has it got you confused? Here is a helpful visual representation. When ERP was first developed, it was all about habituation and unlearning fear. People used hierarchies of exposures ranked from least distressing to most distressing and repeated exposure tasks until they no longer felt scared. They measured this with Subjective Units of Distress scores (ex: when I say I was at a 4/7, that’s my SUDscore). And ERP was really effective. But then researchers did more studies and discovered that brains really don’t unlearn anything, they just learn new things that eventually overpower the old learning. So the theory of how ERP worked needed to be adjusted. Researchers theorized that instead of unlearning or shrinking fear, ERP works by learning safety. Once the safety learning is “bigger” than the fear learning, symptoms subside. However, the fear learning is still there, which is why symptoms can recur. To use the new inhibitory learning model, some new strategies were added to the ERP toolkit. These are things like using a menu of exposures rather than a hierarchy and choosing randomly,practicing exposures in a variety of settings to promote generalization of safety learning, combining multiple triggers at once (like when I exercise in yoga pants while listening to feared music), and accepting that distress is an ok feeling to have and normal part of the human experience. Instead of trying to eliminate distress, we focus on acting in helpful and healthy ways however we happen to be feeling. Inhibitory learning model has updated some of the ERP strategies, but what has NOT changed is that ERP WORKS! You can mix and match strategies from the habituation model and the inhibitory learning model to meet your individual needs. #ocdillustrated #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocd #ocdawareness #ocdtherapy #ocdrecovery #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #cbt #exposuretherapy #exposureandresponseprevention #erp #evidencebasedtherapy #realocd #ocdresearch

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@soren_lindholm99 you make the ice look easy! Nice practice today, way to show UP for ice/sauna rotations on a blustery November day.

We are exploring breath, ice/heat, and mantra inspired by Soren's work with Dr. Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert for chronic pain, mobility and mindset. Soren is a young Lion who inspires me to keep present and aware of what is possible when you don't give up....
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#exposuretherapy #beinspired #neuroplasticity #breatheaimfire #artofbreath

@soren_lindholm99 you make the ice look easy! Nice practice today, way to show UP for ice/sauna rotations on a blustery November day. We are exploring breath, ice/heat, and mantra inspired by Soren's work with Dr. Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert for chronic pain, mobility and mindset. Soren is a young Lion who inspires me to keep present and aware of what is possible when you don't give up.... _ #exposuretherapy #beinspired #neuroplasticity #breatheaimfire #artofbreath

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“But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell. I know right now you can’t tell, but stay a while and maybe then you’ll see...”
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Mental illness, for most people, is often invisible. Most people who are meeting me for the first time would have no idea about my inner anxiety, my obsessions and compulsions, and the stress I deal with everyday living with OCD.  It’s important for us to remember this when interacting with other people - you never know what someone else is going through. With mental illness in particular, being stuck inside your own head can be absolutely exhausting, so don’t be too quick to judge what others may be dealing with. And for those who are dealing with a condition that is invisible most of the time, your feelings and struggles are not any less valid just because people can’t physically see them. In fact, I believe that people with mental illness are actually some of the strongest people out there. Whatever your personal struggle is, you’re doing amazing.
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I really liked this quote posted on @theocdjournal. With OCD, there is a constant feeling of fear and threat, even in situations where we are completely safe. OCD convinces us that we are in danger all the time, 24/7, with no relief. It is an exhausting state of mind to live in.  Exposure therapy teaches us that while our fears might be valid to us, they are also irrational at times (okay, most of the time...okay, pretty much all of the time!). Sometimes it takes us “breaking the things we’re worried about breaking” to realize that we will survive and life will go on even if we encounter the things that make us fearful. “Broken things are nothing to worry about.” That sentence is so damn powerful.
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#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #recovery #ocd #ocdawareness #obsessive #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #obsessivecompulsive #anxiety #themighty #exposure #exposuretherapy #therapy #selflove #forgiveness #love #selfforgiveness #selfcare #selfcarefirst #change #adjustment #adjustmentperiod #smallvictories #smallvictoriesdaily

“But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell. I know right now you can’t tell, but stay a while and maybe then you’ll see...” • Mental illness, for most people, is often invisible. Most people who are meeting me for the first time would have no idea about my inner anxiety, my obsessions and compulsions, and the stress I deal with everyday living with OCD. It’s important for us to remember this when interacting with other people - you never know what someone else is going through. With mental illness in particular, being stuck inside your own head can be absolutely exhausting, so don’t be too quick to judge what others may be dealing with. And for those who are dealing with a condition that is invisible most of the time, your feelings and struggles are not any less valid just because people can’t physically see them. In fact, I believe that people with mental illness are actually some of the strongest people out there. Whatever your personal struggle is, you’re doing amazing. • I really liked this quote posted on @theocdjournal. With OCD, there is a constant feeling of fear and threat, even in situations where we are completely safe. OCD convinces us that we are in danger all the time, 24/7, with no relief. It is an exhausting state of mind to live in. Exposure therapy teaches us that while our fears might be valid to us, they are also irrational at times (okay, most of the time...okay, pretty much all of the time!). Sometimes it takes us “breaking the things we’re worried about breaking” to realize that we will survive and life will go on even if we encounter the things that make us fearful. “Broken things are nothing to worry about.” That sentence is so damn powerful. • #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #recovery #ocd #ocdawareness #obsessive #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #obsessivecompulsive #anxiety #themighty #exposure #exposuretherapy #therapy #selflove #forgiveness #love #selfforgiveness #selfcare #selfcarefirst #change #adjustment #adjustmentperiod #smallvictories #smallvictoriesdaily

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Spent 2 days in Joshua Tree rock climbing 🧗‍♀️ It was such a brilliant experience! Such a different part of your body and your mind open up and work! This girl, who is pretty afraid of heights conquered some things!! Its not just a physical journey it really was a mental growth for me. So glad to have done it. HUGE thanks to @seanchiasson for being an awesome teacher and overall brilliant human. So so glad to have been a student of his! Hit him up if you wanna climb and learn all the things 🙌🏽 #adventuretime #adventuring #girloutside #climbing #joshuatree #exposuretherapy #alwayslearning #nature #desertlife #camping

Spent 2 days in Joshua Tree rock climbing 🧗‍♀️ It was such a brilliant experience! Such a different part of your body and your mind open up and work! This girl, who is pretty afraid of heights conquered some things!! Its not just a physical journey it really was a mental growth for me. So glad to have done it. HUGE thanks to @seanchiasson for being an awesome teacher and overall brilliant human. So so glad to have been a student of his! Hit him up if you wanna climb and learn all the things 🙌🏽 #adventuretime #adventuring #girloutside #climbing #joshuatree #exposuretherapy #alwayslearning #nature #desertlife #camping

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Pic from my driving exposure the other morning! So I voted today! And thats a big deal because at one point, agoraphobia kept me from voting. Today, I woke up at 8am, ate breakfast and left immediately for the polling place. I had my ballot filled out, and the site was only a mile away, but I was still so happy that I was able to vote. We are going on a weekend vacation 6 hours away in a busy city next weekend, I’m excited!  #anxiety #anxious #anxietyattack #anxietydisorder #agoraphobia #agoraphobic #healthanxiety #panic #panicattack #panicdisorder #depressed #depression #ptsd #gad #exposuretherapy #healthanxiety #mentalillness #mentalillnesstreatment #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalillnessawareness
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthtreatment

Pic from my driving exposure the other morning! So I voted today! And thats a big deal because at one point, agoraphobia kept me from voting. Today, I woke up at 8am, ate breakfast and left immediately for the polling place. I had my ballot filled out, and the site was only a mile away, but I was still so happy that I was able to vote. We are going on a weekend vacation 6 hours away in a busy city next weekend, I’m excited! #anxiety #anxious #anxietyattack #anxietydisorder #agoraphobia #agoraphobic #healthanxiety #panic #panicattack #panicdisorder #depressed #depression #ptsd #gad #exposuretherapy #healthanxiety #mentalillness #mentalillnesstreatment #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalillnessawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthtreatment

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#truth #bebrave #exposuretherapy

#truth #bebrave #exposuretherapy

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I've been trying to heal my relationship with the ocean. Maybe it was being stuck in a bad riptide as a kid or a past life death, but I have a lot of fear and a good deal of disinterest in actually getting into the water. 
During my time on islands, I'm trying to get in the water every day. Most days it's a quick jump into this harbour, where my heart rate sky rockets and I have to breathe my way through the visceral reaction. 
One step at a time.

I've been trying to heal my relationship with the ocean. Maybe it was being stuck in a bad riptide as a kid or a past life death, but I have a lot of fear and a good deal of disinterest in actually getting into the water. During my time on islands, I'm trying to get in the water every day. Most days it's a quick jump into this harbour, where my heart rate sky rockets and I have to breathe my way through the visceral reaction. One step at a time.

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Break it down 🔨🛠| So a few posts ago anxiety was the topic. Exposure to the source of anxiety is one way to overcome anxiety, a bit like having a phobia of 🕷s, therapy would involve exposure to spiders. This would be broken down though you wouldn't just be thrown into a room full of spiders! In therapy we call this 'graded exposure.' You may start by writing the word 'spider' and then looking at pictures of 🕷s. Therapy is the process of doing things realistically and in an achievable way. This can be applied to pretty much anything in life that feels too much. Don't feel you have to deal with or face something that feels too much all at once, remember you can break it down.
Pic- @spoonie_village
#anxiety #exposuretherapy #cognitivebehaviourtherapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthtips #anxietyadvice #anxietytips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthmatters #talkingmatters #timetotalk #psychology #anxious #mind #mood #feeling #head #brain #wellbeing #healthandwellbeing #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery

Break it down 🔨🛠| So a few posts ago anxiety was the topic. Exposure to the source of anxiety is one way to overcome anxiety, a bit like having a phobia of 🕷s, therapy would involve exposure to spiders. This would be broken down though you wouldn't just be thrown into a room full of spiders! In therapy we call this 'graded exposure.' You may start by writing the word 'spider' and then looking at pictures of 🕷s. Therapy is the process of doing things realistically and in an achievable way. This can be applied to pretty much anything in life that feels too much. Don't feel you have to deal with or face something that feels too much all at once, remember you can break it down. Pic- @spoonie_village #anxiety #exposuretherapy #cognitivebehaviourtherapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthtips #anxietyadvice #anxietytips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthmatters #talkingmatters #timetotalk #psychology #anxious #mind #mood #feeling #head #brain #wellbeing #healthandwellbeing #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery

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The only way to get over your fears is by facing them.
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This is very difficult, but I can assure you that it’s much less difficult than not facing your fears. By avoiding your fears, you are avoiding life and putting yourself at risk of becoming agoraphobic.
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For some people, the fear of leaving their home or going to the grocery store can be too overwhelming. This is where CBD oil comes into play; CBD oil has been shown to reduce learned fear.
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CBD oil may decrease your fear enough so that you can initiate the action of facing your fears (grocery shopping, leaving home). The goal should always be to face your fears without CBD oil, but for some, this is just not possible.
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With time, you may be able to gradually decrease your dose where you no longer need any CBD oil to face your fears; others may always need their CBD oil – and that’s okay. You should never feel guilty about using your medicine. It’s there to help you.
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To learn more, please watch the video:
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#faceyourfear #overcome #overcomefear #cbdoil #exposure #exposuretherapy #cannabisheals #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #cannabisculture #cannabissociety #cannabisismedicine #CBD #THC #vape #vaporizer #medicine #education #weed #marijuana #medicalmarijuana #cannabinoids #cannabinoid #video #videos #youtube #youtuber #youtubers

The only way to get over your fears is by facing them. - This is very difficult, but I can assure you that it’s much less difficult than not facing your fears. By avoiding your fears, you are avoiding life and putting yourself at risk of becoming agoraphobic. - For some people, the fear of leaving their home or going to the grocery store can be too overwhelming. This is where CBD oil comes into play; CBD oil has been shown to reduce learned fear. - CBD oil may decrease your fear enough so that you can initiate the action of facing your fears (grocery shopping, leaving home). The goal should always be to face your fears without CBD oil, but for some, this is just not possible. - With time, you may be able to gradually decrease your dose where you no longer need any CBD oil to face your fears; others may always need their CBD oil – and that’s okay. You should never feel guilty about using your medicine. It’s there to help you. - To learn more, please watch the video: - #faceyourfear #overcome #overcomefear #cbdoil #exposure #exposuretherapy #cannabisheals #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #cannabisculture #cannabissociety #cannabisismedicine #CBD #THC #vape #vaporizer #medicine #education #weed #marijuana #medicalmarijuana #cannabinoids #cannabinoid #video #videos #youtube #youtuber #youtubers

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Oh the Joy's of chronic pain that no doctor can seem to tell me why it's happening
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You know therapists say that exposure therapy is very affective.. I have to agree. I would get SO anxious while in doctor offices that I had to tell them to leave the door open
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My heart rate would spike and that would increase my anxiety
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Over the last 4 months I have done so many tests and so many doctor visits that now it just feels normal
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I guess exposure therapy really can work 😂
#anxietydisorder#healthanxiety#panic#panicattacks#recovery#exposuretherapy#exposure#yournotalone#endthestigma#mentalhealth#instagram#insta#follow#thistooshallpass#doctors#generalizedanxiety#justkeepswimming

Oh the Joy's of chronic pain that no doctor can seem to tell me why it's happening . You know therapists say that exposure therapy is very affective.. I have to agree. I would get SO anxious while in doctor offices that I had to tell them to leave the door open . My heart rate would spike and that would increase my anxiety . Over the last 4 months I have done so many tests and so many doctor visits that now it just feels normal . I guess exposure therapy really can work 😂 #anxietydisorder #healthanxiety #panic #panicattacks #recovery #exposuretherapy #exposure #yournotalone #endthestigma #mentalhealth #instagram #insta #follow #thistooshallpass #doctors #generalizedanxiety #justkeepswimming

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When a distressing thought ‘zings’ into the mind of a person who lives with OCD... the natural response is to push the thought away, however that response can feel like an internal war with oneself. This response often fails to help and can even cause more distress. *  A way to decrease the distress is to allow the thought to enter the mind. It will spike the anxiety at first, but will decrease the more one stops resisting the thought. The thoughts are scary such as “I’m going to push that lady off the curb”, but most realize it’s out of their character to do such a thing - it’s the feelings that make it feel real. Instead of resisting the thought, change the relationship with the thought. Allow it to come and go. Face the anxiety... the heart may race, the mind may spin... but this will decrease over time. Face your fear.  Face your feelings. *  People without OCD have these thoughts too... but the thought does not get stuck in their head, nor cause anxiety... they have the thought, may think “that was strange” then let the thought pass. #ocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocdproblems #anxiety #thoughts #frightening #exposuretherapy #yeg  #faceyourfears #believe

When a distressing thought ‘zings’ into the mind of a person who lives with OCD... the natural response is to push the thought away, however that response can feel like an internal war with oneself. This response often fails to help and can even cause more distress. * A way to decrease the distress is to allow the thought to enter the mind. It will spike the anxiety at first, but will decrease the more one stops resisting the thought. The thoughts are scary such as “I’m going to push that lady off the curb”, but most realize it’s out of their character to do such a thing - it’s the feelings that make it feel real. Instead of resisting the thought, change the relationship with the thought. Allow it to come and go. Face the anxiety... the heart may race, the mind may spin... but this will decrease over time. Face your fear. Face your feelings. * People without OCD have these thoughts too... but the thought does not get stuck in their head, nor cause anxiety... they have the thought, may think “that was strange” then let the thought pass. #ocd #obsessivecompulsivedisorder #ocdproblems #anxiety #thoughts #frightening #exposuretherapy #yeg #faceyourfears #believe

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I’ve had a rough couple of weeks mentally/emotionally. When that happens, I do not do anything I enjoy (like making music). It’s frustrating because it seems like it would be easy...just do the things you love and it will get you out of the dark place, right?
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I’m doing PTSD exposure therapy right now and it sucks. It really sucks. I am trying to be kind and compassionate to myself and not beat myself up for not doing the things that I want to do. Sometimes it’s okay to just feel sad.
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Thankfully, I am feeling much better the past few days. Hoping to get back into making music and YouTube videos every week! 🎵🙌🏻

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks mentally/emotionally. When that happens, I do not do anything I enjoy (like making music). It’s frustrating because it seems like it would be easy...just do the things you love and it will get you out of the dark place, right? . I’m doing PTSD exposure therapy right now and it sucks. It really sucks. I am trying to be kind and compassionate to myself and not beat myself up for not doing the things that I want to do. Sometimes it’s okay to just feel sad. . Thankfully, I am feeling much better the past few days. Hoping to get back into making music and YouTube videos every week! 🎵🙌🏻

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We went fireworks 🎆 last night and I have no idea how many people were there, definitely in the thousands. It felt like the whole London turned up. I was anxious whilst  at home making food to take with us. I also woke up anxious at night feeling a little sick, perhaps I ate a little too late as I hadn’t eaten much during the day and I had a sugary drink whilst out to keep my blood sugar up. I really have cut back on sugar and carbs the last few week. I had a little bit of a restless night, dreaming all sorts,  I feel I am coming down with something. I have an assignment to hand in two weeks and my son is home off sick, so trying to do mum duties, study and on top of that my printer isn’t working and it’s still new... but it’s funny how things always work out in the end, so I am learning to not allow ‘what if’s’ to rule me and take each hour as it comes. 
#panicattack #panicattack #agoraphobia #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #panic 
#anxious #exposuretherapy #mentalhealthissues #justkeepgoing #igorthis #endthestigma #mentaleellbeing #wellbeing #wellness

We went fireworks 🎆 last night and I have no idea how many people were there, definitely in the thousands. It felt like the whole London turned up. I was anxious whilst at home making food to take with us. I also woke up anxious at night feeling a little sick, perhaps I ate a little too late as I hadn’t eaten much during the day and I had a sugary drink whilst out to keep my blood sugar up. I really have cut back on sugar and carbs the last few week. I had a little bit of a restless night, dreaming all sorts, I feel I am coming down with something. I have an assignment to hand in two weeks and my son is home off sick, so trying to do mum duties, study and on top of that my printer isn’t working and it’s still new... but it’s funny how things always work out in the end, so I am learning to not allow ‘what if’s’ to rule me and take each hour as it comes. #panicattack #panicattack #agoraphobia #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #panic #anxious #exposuretherapy #mentalhealthissues #justkeepgoing #igorthis #endthestigma #mentaleellbeing #wellbeing #wellness

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I have had plenty of these in recovery, the good kind 🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻
#recoveryrocks #exposuretherapy #babysteps #goalcrushing 
I had my fare share of the 💩 ones 👎🏻👎🏻
the fear, and terror was excruciating 😖 
I am aiming for a lot more of “HOLY SHIT” IN RECOVERY, bring them on, we’ve got this 👌🏻👊🏻🙌🏻😀 _____________________

#kickingrecoverysass 
#beproud
#agoraphobia
#agoraphobiarecovery 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#mentalhealth
#mentalillnessawareness
#mentalillness
#recovery
#recoveryjourney
#progress

I have had plenty of these in recovery, the good kind 🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #recoveryrocks #exposuretherapy #babysteps #goalcrushing I had my fare share of the 💩 ones 👎🏻👎🏻 the fear, and terror was excruciating 😖 I am aiming for a lot more of “HOLY SHIT” IN RECOVERY, bring them on, we’ve got this 👌🏻👊🏻🙌🏻😀 _____________________ #kickingrecoverysass #beproud #agoraphobia #agoraphobiarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #recovery #recoveryjourney #progress

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When you ask hubby if he could take you up the road,
Yep, I’ll say that’s a win, right there 👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #kickingrecoverysass 
#exposuretherapy 
#proudofmyself
#agoraphobia
#agoraphobiarecovery 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#mentalhealth
#mentalillnessawareness
#mentalillness
#recovery
#recoveryjourney
#babysteps
#progress
#determined

When you ask hubby if he could take you up the road, Yep, I’ll say that’s a win, right there 👊🏻👊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #kickingrecoverysass #exposuretherapy #proudofmyself #agoraphobia #agoraphobiarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillness #recovery #recoveryjourney #babysteps #progress #determined

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The last time I was at #wem in a hockey uniform, I was about 8 years old and lost 13-0 in front of a large weekend crowd.
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#hockey#explorewem#childhoodtrauma#exposuretherapy

The last time I was at #wem in a hockey uniform, I was about 8 years old and lost 13-0 in front of a large weekend crowd. . #hockey #explorewem #childhoodtrauma #exposuretherapy

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Ophidiophobia

A lovely green snake lives in my garden and recently made a guest appearance on our upstairs balcony.  My neighbour who has a serious snake phobia happened to be visiting at that moment and her eyes almost popped out as she saw it through the sliding door 😲. 🐍
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Ophidiophobia is an abnormal fear of snakes. It  is a common phobia, with approximately one third of people reporting being scared of snakes.  Individuals with phobias can range from having a mild anxiety response to severe panicky feelings. 🐍

Symptoms include: 🐍 dizziness 🐍breathlessness 🐍 nausea 🐍fear of dying 🐍 preoccupation 
If a phobia becomes problematic or restricts your life, psychological treatment can reduce your fear response.  The treatment selected depends on the severity of your symptoms and the degree to which it causes you distress.

For example, if you are a landscape gardener and you panic every time you see a snake, it could be a signifucant problem.  But it may not have much impact if you work as a chef or an accountant.

June Gay Psychologist #psychologistchatswood #psychologydemystified #ophidiophobia #phobias #phobia #anxiety #gradedexposure #overcomeanxiety #exposuretherapy #cbt  #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #psychologytips #psychologyfacts #panicsurfing #snakes #snakephobia #anxietyrelief #anxietyrelief #mentalhealth #mentalhealthsupport #anxious #fightorflight #fearofsnakes #phobic #worrylesslivemore #overcomefear #overcomeanxiety #phobicanxiety

Ophidiophobia A lovely green snake lives in my garden and recently made a guest appearance on our upstairs balcony. My neighbour who has a serious snake phobia happened to be visiting at that moment and her eyes almost popped out as she saw it through the sliding door 😲. 🐍 . Ophidiophobia is an abnormal fear of snakes. It is a common phobia, with approximately one third of people reporting being scared of snakes. Individuals with phobias can range from having a mild anxiety response to severe panicky feelings. 🐍 Symptoms include: 🐍 dizziness 🐍breathlessness 🐍 nausea 🐍fear of dying 🐍 preoccupation If a phobia becomes problematic or restricts your life, psychological treatment can reduce your fear response. The treatment selected depends on the severity of your symptoms and the degree to which it causes you distress. For example, if you are a landscape gardener and you panic every time you see a snake, it could be a signifucant problem. But it may not have much impact if you work as a chef or an accountant. June Gay Psychologist #psychologistchatswood #psychologydemystified #ophidiophobia #phobias #phobia #anxiety #gradedexposure #overcomeanxiety #exposuretherapy #cbt #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #psychologytips #psychologyfacts #panicsurfing #snakes #snakephobia #anxietyrelief #anxietyrelief #mentalhealth #mentalhealthsupport #anxious #fightorflight #fearofsnakes #phobic #worrylesslivemore #overcomefear #overcomeanxiety #phobicanxiety

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