ADD and ADHD – Are You Paying Attention?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are neurological disorders that effect a person’s ability to focus and organize. Symptoms include a consistent lack of paying attention as well as movement and fidgeting. Difficulties sleeping, organizing tasks and ideas, or persistent thoughts are also common characteristics. For example, one with ADD/ADHD can get easily distracted by their thoughts and surroundings, often interfering with their daily life and tasks. You may be thinking to yourself now that everyone has moments where their mind wanders off and they stop paying attention to something. We all do from time to

Dissociative Identity Disorder – Who am I?

Split or Multiple Personality Disorder, now often called Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID, is psychiatric disorder in which a person develops multiple personalities or other versions of themselves.  The exact number of identities ranges, but it must be two or more to be diagnosed. This may not be seen as an entirely different person inside of them, but rather their personalities are broken into different and distinct pieces. These identities may also try to come into play all at once, creating voices in a person’s head. Unfortunately, the media often portrays a more sinister and scary version of this disorder,

Bipolar: Different from the Rest

Bipolar: Different from the Rest It can be easy to think of all mental disorders as the same. It takes a lot of research and experience to really understand the difference and variation between them. Bipolar is unique in the way of mental disorders in its characterization of extreme moods. Still, it is often confused between other diagnoses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. Schizophrenia has symptoms which are often more severe than bipolar. These symptoms can be delusions or hallucinations, or false beliefs (though this can also appear in bipolar). Schizophrenia is also not as common as

Schizophrenia – Stigmas and Solutions

Schizophrenia – Stigmas and Solutions Among the vast spectrum of mental illnesses and disorders, there are always ones that have more misunderstandings than the rest. Schizophrenia is one of them. It is fairly rare in the general population, which opens the doors for plenty of misconceptions. First, let me provide a brief overview. Those with schizophrenia experience disorganized thinking in behavior that doesn’t match their surroundings, a sort of loss of touch with reality. Delusions and hallucinations are also common, along with other psychotic symptoms. Of course, these all exist on a spectrum, as any other disorder, and every person

The Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

The Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder We may often think of a person with OCD as someone who is constantly washing their hands or having a habit of organizing. But did you know that OCD is more than that? In reality, it is a common and complex disorder, which is often misunderstood. How often have you heard someone say jokingly, ‘I’m OCD because I like to be tidy?’ Does this really mean they have the baggage attached to the disorder? Or is it just a habit without a feeling of intense and uncontrollable anxiety along with it? Those who have

Beautiful Minds

In 1977, the American household singer and entertainer Rosemary Clooney publicly unveiled her own diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder or at least what it was considered to be at the time. The effect was twofold, firstly to give the public an early glimpse of the concept that the mind can be just as unwell as the body and secondly to foster a link in their minds between creative people – or celebrities at the very least – and any kind of mental abnormality. We’d grown up with these people as the eccentrics of our lives, convinced that this spate of abnormality

Complete Indicator Summary

How best to cover the entire system in one article? I suppose now I have a fairly comfortable experience of it, something I’ve been keen to put into perspective relative to what I’ve heard people have gone through. When I talk to these people I’m getting accounts of illnesses and situations entire sciences and cultures away from my own. Illnesses where a single deficiency or deficit in a microscopic chemical in their body irrevocably change every aspect of how they live their life from how I live mine on a second for second basis. And that’s without even taking into

I STARTED A JOKE WHICH STARTED THE WHOLE WORLD CRYING

I STARTED A JOKE WHICH STARTED THE WHOLE WORLD CRYING

They’re an easy target, all these different institutions and experiences I talk about. But, as my critical side is keen to remind me, if I’m in the game of garnering “sympathy” – of using the empathy in my readers to engage with those with conditions like mine and those without. Outside of polemical writing, there’s an arguably even greater tool to humanize our experiences, laughter. Equally piercing a response, equally effective a tool but a much more positive one. I’ve seen said positivity turn fights into hugs, sentiments into motivations and comforts into analgesics. Still, that doesn’t mean a positive