16 y.o.’s mom took him to the ER for mental health help. He got assaulted by police instead

A surveillance video reveals a disturbing scene in front of a hospital ER in North Carolina when a teen with apparent mental health issues was assaulted by the people who were called to help. Jessica Long took her 16-year-old to the ER when she became worried about his mental health state. He was angry when they arrived and didn’t want to be there, so Long asked the hospital security to help get him into the building so he could be seen. Getting an angry teen who is in the midst of a mental health crisis to do something they don’t want to do is definitely a challenge. However, what transpired after the security guard was unsuccessful in getting him to …

Billie Eilish says Instagram comments were ruining her life. So she quit reading them. Smart.

Billie Eilish has gone from being a pop star to a superstar over the course of about a year. Her meteoric rise to fame has forced her to reevaluate how she deals with her fans online. She used to be happy to read the comments on her Instagram feed, but the tone of the posts has become exceedingly negative. So she’s decided to stop reading them altogether. According to psychologists, that’s a very good idea. Eilish admitted she quit reading the comments during an interview with Louise Minchin from the BBC where she was joined by her brother, writer and producer, Finneas. “Do you still read everything that’s on Instagram?” Minchin asked. “No, no. I stopped like two days ago,” …

Stop sharing the ‘I’m in a mental hospital’ Facebook post. It’s not funnyit’s harmful

People love Facebook posts that invite them to create silly lists of their friends and family members, and most of the time, it’s all in good fun. But a “mental hospital” post that keeps circulating is nowhere near good fun, and it needs to go away, now. The post begins, “This is Hilarious!” before telling people to follow the directions to fill the following list with Facebook friends’ names: “I’m in a mental hospital My roommate: Licks the glass: Helps me escape: My psychiatrist: Asleep in the corner: Shouts at everyone: Padded room occupant: Kicks the nurse: Believes they are a unicorn: Sneaks in the alcohol: The end of the post I saw read, “That was fun!” and “Sometimes you …

Grieving Young Man Quits Everything To Travel The World With His Pet Ferret After 3 Tragic Deaths In His Life

Charlie decided that he had to take drastic measures and completely overhaul his life. He quit his job in the Royal Air Force, he sold his possessions (including his 3 cars) and went on an adventure around Europe with his rescue pet ferret, Bandit. Charlie quit his job and went traveling with his pet ferret, Bandit Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton “Carrying him around hot countries was challenging, so we used to carry a cool bag with us everywhere for him to keep the heat out, especially in places like Pompeii… yes… we did walk Bandit through Pompeii! He would eat kibble, raw eggs and occasionally meat, …

Elizabeth Wurtzel showed women they could write the messy, humiliating truth | Megan Nolan

Prozac Nation kickstarted a genre often looked down on as exploitative. But such warnings risk silencing young women, says Irish writer Megan Nolan We begrudged her for being such a famous and hot little mess, wrote a contemporary of Elizabeth Wurtzels in 2013. Following an author tweeted: Elizabeth Wurtzel was a major factor in making personal essay the currency of women writers in the 90s. This was a blessing and a curse, both for her and for the rest of us. Of course, the begrudgery and the ambivalence as well as all the criticism Wurtzel received is only one side of the story. For many people Prozac Nation, her debut about depression, was an exhilarating break from literary convention, an …

My bears are my lifeline: the adults who sleep with soft toys

A third of adults cuddle up to teddies every night for emotional comfort and research shows there are real health benefits If you share your bed with a furry friend well into adulthood, dont be ashamed sleeping with soft toys is more normal than you might think. Its very common, says Prof Bruce Hood of the University of Bristol, who has researched survey carried out VU University Amsterdam found that cuddling a soft toy can have a beneficial effect for people with low self-esteem, helping to alleviate their anxieties around death. Its about having a sentimental attachment to things, Hood says. Its completely normal for adults to continue to have these childish attachments. He doesnt see any harm in sleeping …

People with eating disorders likelier to get hooked on exercise

Study finds nearly four times greater likelihood of exercise addiction People with an eating disorder are nearly four times as likely to become addicted to exercise, according to a study. The paper, risen by 37% across all age groups in the last two years, from nearly 14,000 in 2016-17 to 19,000 in 2018-19. Mike Trott, of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, the lead author of the study, said the main purpose was to assess risk. We knew an unhealthy relationship with food means youre more likely to have exercise addiction but no one had crunched the numbers on that, he said. This will inform our next study, to create a measurement tool to catch people before they get full-blown eating …

Husband Of Late Kate Spade Honors Her Memory By Talking About How Toxic Perfectionism Can Be

Entrepreneur Andrew Spade posted a touching message on Instagram and reached out to anyone and everyone who’s in an incredibly tough situation, like his wife Kate had been. Fashion designer Kate Spade killed herself on June 5, 2018, when she was 55. She would have been 57 years old on Christmas Eve, 2019. Fashion designer Kate Spade’s husband Andrew posted a tribute to her and talked about mental health, perfectionism, and suicide Image credits: iHeartsy-Music Image credits: andyspade …and wrote how honesty, not perfection, is the goal According to Andrew, Kate taking her life came as a shock to him: “We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning …

Great expectations: ‘The quest for perfection has cannibalised my identity’

Perfectionism is associated with a long list of psychological disorders, the problem is notoriously hard to treat and its on the rise You need to practice self-compassion, my psychologist says to me. This is our sixth session, and, as per usual, he is struggling to find a phrase, a point anything that will help me move past the need to seek perfection in every part of my life. Yes, but how? I ask, again. We talk about the usual techniques: not beating yourself up when you think youve failed; not automatically falling into a vortex of self-loathing at minor rejections. This experience does not reflect on you as a person, he repeats, explaining that what I perceive as abject failure …

I Illustrate My Therapy Process To Show People It Can Get Better (10 Pics)

My name is Mardou, I’m a cartoonist and author of graphic novels. For the past year, I’ve been sharing short comics that explore the therapy process. I had to get comfortable with talking about uncomfortable things – my upbringing, growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness teen, my parents’ divorce, parenting my child, and the things that trigger me are just a few topics I’ve looked at. It’s taken a while to get comfortable with sharing personal stories, but the response has been positive and accepting, and my readership has been steadily growing. I’d love to share this work with others who are struggling with difficult emotions or family histories. My message is that there is hope! Trauma and childhood adversity …

People Have To Explain Guys Can Have Anorexia Too After A Before-And-After Pic Leaves Some In Disbelief

Andrew G. posted his before and after comparison pics of himself when he was anorexic versus how he looked after he conquered the condition and started looking like an athletic superhero. The internet’s reaction was incredibly supportive and Andrew was an inspiration for many people who were dealing with anorexia. However, when the story hit Tumblr, some internet users felt the need to make fun of Andrew, anorexia-sufferers, and men. andrewg06 Image credits: Image credits: However, some people couldn’t believe that men can have anorexia… libertarirynn Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: libertarirynn For example, a study headed by researchers at King’s College London and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has Anorexia nervosa leads to a dangerously low …

Why Joker’s depiction of mental illness is dangerously misinformed

With films playing a key role in shaping attitudes to mental health, two doctors say Joaquin Phoenixs troubled supervillain perpetuates damaging stereotypes As doctors who work on acute inpatient psychiatric wards, serious mental illness is our daily reality. We have, therefore, watched the controversies around pseudobulbar affect also known as emotional incontinence perhaps caused by his childhood head trauma. Joker may make an attempt to unpick the difference between the psychiatric and the neurological between a mental illness and a medical disorder but it runs the risk of conflating the two with a haunting, stigmatising and problematic image. Whether intentionally or not, Arthur comes across as a hysterically laughing supervillain, stereotypically mad to the untrained eye; a murderous clown laughing …

After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

I Show My Poor Relationship With Junk Food And My Own Body Image (10 pics)

DiscomfortFood is about my body, my self-image, and my mental health through the lens of junk food. Specifically, the junk food that I personally abuse. For me, that is pizza, pasta, potatoes, popcorn, Pepsi, pie. Carbs and sugar, ice cream, burgers, and salted fries! More info: Instagram | When I conceived the DiscomfortFood series, this image was one of the most important ones in the whole series. Sour Cream Glazed doughnuts are my 2nd favorite type. Two beef patties Honey crullers are my absolute most favorite. Double chocolate dip Shot before I conceived of the DiscomfortFood series, this image laid the groundwork for the ones that would follow. Salt So salty. DiscomfortFood The cowl is actually a kitchen curtain. Glitter