It Makes Me Normal

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The Lamest Excuse To Use A Drug

Being natural is normal. Being substance-free is normal. Being you without any exogenous chemicals is normal. When you use a substance to get high while hiding behind the excuse, “it makes me normal,” then something is clearly missing from your natural self when not under the influence. No drug can make you normal. None. Zip. Zero. Nil? Yes, nil! People want to see the real you and if you’re saying that drugs make you normal, then there is something that you’re doing wrong or suffering from.

Drugs were never created to make you feel normal. There are many arguments behind the creation of drugs, but almost everyone will agree that drugs are not a replacement of your personality. If your personality is changing while experimenting with a drug, then please discontinue that drug pronto. If anything good is to be observed of drugs, it’s perhaps their great ability to make you more creative, allow you to think outside the box and relax more efficiently. But your personality must remain congruent with these drug-induced experiences, or else you’re allowing the drug to mold your personality into someone who you’re not.

Don’t do that. Just be normal. Just be you (with/without drugs).

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Psychiatric Patients Have Their Reasons

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Psychosis Or Personality?

When it comes to understanding psychiatric patients, many times it can prove to be quite a challenge; their behaviors leave you scratching your head, “is it their psychosis or are they just being oppositional?” Sometimes it’s fairly obvious that a patient is so psychotic that their behavior suffers as a consequence. But then there are times when it’s hard to tell whether their improved psychotic symptoms are still contributing to their behavior, or they are being oppositional.

Patients have many reasons for being oppositional:

  • They don’t like the psychiatrist or the treatment team
  • They don’t believe that they have a mental illness
  • They don’t like taking medications
  • It’s simply their personality
  • They’re angry at the world and are taking it out on the treatment team

. . . and the list goes on. Sometimes you’ll never understand a psychiatric patient’s behavior. And many times, you will never be able to discern between psychosis and personality, because they’re often intermixed. This is when the field of psychiatry becomes challenging and even frustrating for many clinicians.

It’s like a child or significant other who starts changing their behavior in a negative manner; they leave you wondering at what point did something go wrong! And you continue to gently probe and offer your assistance and guidance, only to be shut down with resistance and oppositional behavior.

Becoming frustrated in the field of psychiatry comes with the job, but the frustration must always be concealed from the patient and dealt with privately. Showing a patient that you are frustrated will influence the therapeutic alliance, almost always in a negative, counterproductive and potentially destructive way.

The solution is patience, dedication and professionalism. You will not always understand the behavior of a patient and that’s okay! As long as you continue working with them in a safe, professional, caring and compassionate fashion, then that’s what matters most! Psychiatric patients have a very good eye for being able to tell which clinicians are kind, honest and caring, and which are in it for other reasons.

The stigma that revolves around “he’s crazy” or “she has lost it” is something that we need to eliminate. These kinds of statements only promote division, hatred and more suffering, and these are the last things that patients need; especially patients who are mentally ill! Don’t add to the stigma.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Being The Best Version Of Yourself

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Never Apologize For Being Yourself

Too many people are afraid to radiate their true and unique personality to the world; they believe that judgment imposed by others will cause embarrassment or self-defeat. In reality, being the best version of yourself will make you happier by freeing you from the constraints imposed by society. Focus on yourself and not what society thinks about you.

When you learn to be yourself, you start to feel a door to your personality open and a sense of freedom provided; a warm feeling of peace and love radiates inside of you. This is because we are all unique individuals with different ways of experiencing our waking consciousness. When we allow our mind and soul to naturally express themselves, we are rewarded with confidence and a sense of freedom.

Not worrying about what others think about you keeps away a lot of pain that otherwise would be stabbing at you for days or weeks. Pain slows down your spiritual and psychological growth, often leading to mental health issues if experienced for long enough.

What is exciting about being the best version of yourself is that you can attract people who will appreciate you for who you are! And enjoying time with like-minded individuals will foster more positive growth and bring you more energy and love into your life. Why not experience this world as your true self and with others who make you feel comfortable and provide you with happiness and love?

Being yourself is not difficult. But being someone else is very easy. Do not take the easier path in life!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

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Be Organic And Show Your True Colors

Ever since we enter childhood, are curiosity buds start buzzing and we start asking ourselves “who am I?” We start questioning the world, our parents, our friends and society; we wonder why we get in trouble for certain things we do, but not for others.

Then comes the fun part. Adolescence. I believe this is the most crucial life stage that a person goes through, because it can make or break them. Teenagers start to naturally disconnect from their parents and connect more tightly with their peers; image, popularity, roles and fitting in become the agenda.

For all the teenagers reading this, remember one thing: be organic, be yourself and show your true colors to everyone around you; there are people dying to meet the real you! As soon as you start acting like others, you are selling yourself short. Why? Because you are not allowing your personality to flower into who you really are meant to be. This stage is important because your brain and mind are developing and you need your true personality to be as much in tune with them as possible; this will maximize your opportunities in life by keeping your mind and personality in sync.

Even in adulthood, some people continue to “try too hard” or act like a version that does not seem to be in sync with who they truly are. These people are not representing their true selves to the world. Guess how they feel inside? Miserable, disgusted, and depressed! Imagine stepping outside your home everyday and immediately putting on a mask that you want to portray to society; your true self is buried behind this mask until you arrive back home.

This is no way of living. Everybody should always be themselves; this is how our world will become a better place, and this is how we will end mental health stigma once and for all.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)