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have motor and vocal tics. what can i do the help reduce this? any hypnosis or postive affirmation will help. Also how to cut down on a substance like marijuana?


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To utilize a medication to destroy a force for you is no different than putting in a new transmission for a car that's 275,000 miles in, and falling apart at ALL angles.

...except the individual is much simpler to repair than a car..


no truer form of ignorance has ever been expressed... i can rebuild an entire car in 2 weeks... can't fix a simple mental disorder in 5 years...

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ive realised theres people who live in their heads and theres people who lives in their heart, i used to be the one who lived in my heart and never followed my head.
ive been smoking weed to do abit of experimenting and its been really fukin up my mind because i think peoples thoughts are my thoughts
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i used to have a really good friend and we were pretty much inseperable or so i thought, we had a party one night with a group of new friends. later on that night he received a phone call from his gf saying she was pregnant, i didnt find out the news till someone mentioned it, at the time i thought it was him trying to open up to the new group because i thought it was rapport, but when people say things like oh i wished he told me first it brings me to my head to check my belief. this is my problem and now i cant seem to get rid of other peoples thoughts out of my head and this is fukin up my reality.

any advice from a psychologist point of view?

p.s ive tried not listetning but it only seem to work only around people i know but if im around alot of people such as a club or a different venue i tend to get into my head.

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I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a severe manic episode around 2002. It has not been an easy journey. Luckily, I have had some good doctors that provide me with excellent medication and therapy. I read a lot about the various disorders and talked with a lot of similar peoples. With my parent's help, I went to some NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) meetings and went through their Peer to Peer program where I learned a lot about myself. I was inspired to become a NAMI mentor too when they offered me a spot to train in Sacramento, CA in which I made a nice stipend ($$$) for my efforts.

Mental illness is often treatable, thankfully with medications and counseling/therapy. I am thankful to have a psychiatrist and a psychologist in the same building so that they may communicate with each other. It does not have to be a scary ordeal.

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there are a lot of people that don't want to believe, or can't believe that mental illness is real. that attitude is actually crazy.

If you can have a problem in your liver or your pancreas you can have a problem in your head.

as someone said already in this thread, it is the really crazy people that don't want to admit it.

the guy who criticized labeling, I get what you are saying, but you don't seem to understand that if a person doesn't a diagnosis, they cannot legally get the right treatment. For example, a person with severe mood issues may need to get diagnosed as bipolar before they can be prescribed drugs that treat that.

If you don't like drug treatment for mental illness, then you do not accept that chemistry is an inherent aspect of how the brain functions. If you don't believe that, go drink a beer and get back to me. It really should be common sense.
If a person is suffering bad enough to seek a psychiatrist, they are suffering bad enough to get some drugs for it, and should not be criticized for that.


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Dilaks wrote:
ive realised theres people who live in their heads and theres people who lives in their heart, i used to be the one who lived in my heart and never followed my head.
ive been smoking weed to do abit of experimenting and its been really fukin up my mind because i think peoples thoughts are my thoughts
example:
i used to have a really good friend and we were pretty much inseperable or so i thought, we had a party one night with a group of new friends. later on that night he received a phone call from his gf saying she was pregnant, i didnt find out the news till someone mentioned it, at the time i thought it was him trying to open up to the new group because i thought it was rapport, but when people say things like oh i wished he told me first it brings me to my head to check my belief. this is my problem and now i cant seem to get rid of other peoples thoughts out of my head and this is fukin up my reality.

any advice from a psychologist point of view?

p.s ive tried not listetning but it only seem to work only around people i know but if im around alot of people such as a club or a different venue i tend to get into my head.


I've heard that weed can trigger that in some people. It means you should not smoke weed, and you may be at risk for schizophrenia. If the voices come back even after quitting weed, go see a psychiatrist.


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I wouldnt put Anxiety disorders like OCD,social phobia,panic attacks etc in the same catagory as other chemical imbalance mental disorders simply because most times you dont need medication to reset the function of the amygdala.
like driving a car for the first time you wouldnt diagnose a learner with a mental disorder but in time the mind becomes used to driving and most of us are forced to drive if it was a viable option wed have matured learners on the road.
And just remember pickup is not a walk in the park its a big achievement its noisy,amogs,rejection,costly,logistical,new etc.. so like learning to drive if it wasnt hard to overcome it wouldnt be worth anything.
Another problem with AA and social phobia is when a AFC hangs out with another AFC they dont really help each other It took me and my first wing after not opening for weeks 5 hours each to finally approach our first set,I had an anxiety attack for 5hrs,was sweating,just couldnt do it, if i told a psych 5hrs hed write me a prescription but today i approach all the time?

When i was 16 i was diagnosed with an Acute anxiety disorder ,clinical depression ,social phobia and some o.c.d traits So i can say first hand that there are ways to reset the mind.
The Linden Method is probably the best for getting rid of anxiety disorders longterm.
NLP is amazing for Getting rid of anxiety and depression although can be expensive.
CBT with a counsellor helps somewhat for self esteem not anxiety.
Acting classes,dancing classes,toastmasters,social meetups,dating lessons all help.
Personal development books and courses help.
Regular exersize a balanced diet and a full diary helps.
There are times when people need medication especially for depression as i felt at times i would rather take a pill than do all this stuff that is more challenging for a sufferer and i admit i nearly cried doing some of these things and im sure my mother was sick of my occational life sucks rants haha but i tell her to ignore what i say when im like that.
But as for Anxiety disorders try the linden method first before meds its quite reasonably priced and you get support if you hit a sticking point.


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I've see Spades a PM a while back, didn't get replied to isn't his problem though. I basically believe I suffer from Unipolar Depression or a subtle form of Bipolar Disorder that is not categorical. I suspect Borderline Personality Disorder. And I have a tremendous fear of people in large groups, and or in public places. I don't understand the full extent of my problems, but I am certain they exist and I am not making them up.

Mental Illness has run in my family for generations. My Auntie suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia, and my grandmother was admitted to a psych ward because of near suicidal depression. My father was forced to live with my eldest auntie, not the same one as the above. While my father was young LOTS of our family members die. Including my Aunt Shirley who died from an overdose on alcohol. His nephew shot someone in the head for stealing his moped, and has been in Jail for the past 30 years. The vast majority of his aunts and uncles died from unhealthy eating habits and heart failure. He was sexually molested and abused by a group of older women. I'm sure the list could go on and on.

My father as a result became a book worm and developed extremely anti-social behavior. However, as he got older he had one unrivaled ability; he knew how to sale shit and pick up shit tons of hot women. However, once with these women he would have extremely unstable and volatile relationships, many would evolve and become quite aggressive and abusive as it did with my mother.

How does this impact me? Well my father has always been paranoid and untrusting of the world. He loved us and wanted to protect us so much that he became the source of tension and abuse in our lives. Though my father never had beaten badly more than once or twice, those are still vivid pictures in my head. It is not the atypical whopping for getting an F on a test, but a full fledge assault against a child. My father was a negative and pessimistic man. He was gruesome and graphic in his language. He would constantly blow up my mom’s cell phone when we were out.

It was just so much junk the family had to go through. Not to mention that my oldest sister was a complete bad ass living the fast life. With all this mess going on there was little help me and my youngest sister received. As the middle child I did not receive much attention, nor do I regret this. But often times when things went wrong in the house I was the source of blame. It became extremely aggravating to be blamed at home, and at school. I was brutally isolated since a young age.


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 Post subject: Intersting Pt. 2
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During the age of 13 my father was locked up for nearly putting my mother into a coma. He threatened to kill us if we called the police. He literally went crazy. I was a little boy and powerless to help. But he would constantly beat my mother for months on end. It ripped my heart apart and forever made me mistrust him. However, when he went to jail he converted to Christianity. He became a much better person I will admit.

He still struggles with demons to this day, but they are not nearly as bad as they were. My life at home improved significantly and by the age of 15 or 16, the life that we had struggled through for so long had drastically changed. We had moved out of the ghetto and into a suburban white neighborhood. My younger sister and I were determined to get educated and get a fresh start. We were determined not to bring the junk with us.

However, we have NEVER addressed the problems we have had with our father. Every instance we try to have conversations nothing moves. It is as if he just refuses to revisit that part in history. My father's life is so full of pain, misery, and tragedy. He has suffered so much, and as a man I try to have compassion for him. But he has caused us much pain and sorrow as well.

When I was younger I felt like a caged bird. My father takes things so seriously and he takes things to heart. Though he is a good and hard working man, I simply don't understand what to do with this whole situation.

Many of the problems with people I have in my life stem back to life at home and life with my father. Even the way I communicate with other men. The way I communicate with women can noticeably be traced back to my mother. I became a passive man in order not to abuse or hurt women like my father hurt my mother. I put them on a pedestal because I thought it was the only way I would never abuse a woman.


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How do I move forward with my shattered life? I can only imagine how bad it was for my little sister. She was never allowed to leave the house or make friends. She was heavily guarded and the only time she got to leave is when she was under my supervision. I tried to take her to more places, but I admit I was selfish and young at the time. I regret not allowing her to leave more often. But by the time she was actually old enough to leave the house with me, we moved to an extremely isolated suburban neighborhood.

It’s hard to talk to people or make new friends. The guys in the neighborhood get involved in things I didn't care to get involved with too much when I was back in the ghetto, I have hardly changed my mind about it. No parties, no nothing, just in the middle of no where.

To finish the story up, as my home life improved, my social life outside of home became worse. I have to honestly say that my 16th year of life was my worst. I was heavily isolated because I was too argumentative and heavily spoken. My political views and views of the world were the only reasons I never tried to end my life. Therefore, because I always though I had a mission in this world, I never ended my life. However, this has become a source of isolation for me. I am cut off from the mainstream. I become filled with rage and hate. Life improved from there, and I was actually doing quite well, until about a few months ago.

I had a complete emotional collapse where I was done dealing with the world. I would not talk to anyone at all. And I avoided people for quite sometime and hid out. It was only now that I actually started to look at things again and deal with them.

All that shit at home and school, learning not to trust people, or take them at face value has made me horribly inept socially. In fact I have almost no social skills other than the first few days of interaction. I know how to present my self well, bad with maintaining relationships. People were either all good or bad with me, no in the middle. And I often would bid for peoples’ attention since I wasn’t getting it at home. I became the class clown, and identity I maintained well through out my school career until college. I was never quiet, quite talkative, outspoken about my ideals, and when I got a chance to speak I would speak my top off.

So in hopes of getting some advice or amateur reading I made this post. Whether or not it receives a response is fine with me.


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I used to self-medicate, which was a big no-no. Nowadays, I cut out virtually all drugs from my life (especially alcohol) except for my doctor prescribed medication. WHY do I cut out alcohol and other drugs? Because I believe alcohol fucks me up. The more alcohol I drink, the more fucked up I get. So I just avoid that sh!t at all costs. I avoid bars like the plague.

I noticed by being drug-free, my medication works way better. I found it was not intelligent at all to mix drugs like alcohol with my meds. As a person with bipolar disorder, I have some serious ups and downs with depression and mania. I think I am "rapid cycle", which means I can emotionally go through many phases at the same time and very quickly. One minute I can be happy and manic while a minute later I can be depressed/sad.

When I was visiting down in the LA area a couple years ago, I was trying to connect with pornstar Penny Flame (among other stars), and ended up checking myself into Northridge Hospital. I felt I was having a mental breakdown. The psychiatrist there diagnosed me with an additional dxm of schizoaffective disorder, a sort of dual diagnosis with the bipolar disorder. I go to 12 Step meetings and work the steps.

This is what works for me: therapy, psychiatry (medication), 12 Step meetings and working the 12 steps, avoiding drugs at all costs, connecting with NAMI, etc... Exercise seems to help a lot too. I like kickboxing, weight lifting, running, yoga, tai chi... basically anything that strengthens my mind/body/spirit connection. Also, educating myself on my disease(s) helps greatly. There are several books on bipolar disorder that I own.


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I have useful info on CBT in the form of workbooks which some may find useful here.


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It's not a major problem, but I think I should ask about that. Sometimes I just feel I forgot everything I learned (or almost everything). I was wondering, would it be a psychological disorder, as I suffered and still suffer a bit from anxiety and I had few months of depression last year, or would it be because of my insecure character? At last, could it be because of the big time spent on PC in the last several days?
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