shuts your mouth with my mouth because damn youre gorgeous
Autoimmune Disease Acts Like Demonic Possession
Susannah Cahalan started feeling a bit off. Numbness on one side of the body, losing sleep, crying hysterically one minute and laughing the next. She went to get MRIs but they showed nothing. Things were getting a bit more strange.
Her boyfriend told her how at one point while they were watching a show together she started grinding her teeth, moaning, and biting her tongue until she finally passed out. He took her to the hospital and they found out it was a seizure. Her first of many. Things got worse.
She stopped eating, became paranoid and delusional, had more seizures in which blood would spurt out of her mouth. She was hospitalized (one nurse recalls that in the middle of the night while she was getting blood, Susannah sat up straigh and slapped her). Numerous tests were done and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
That is until Dr. Souhel Najjar came into the picture. He asked her to draw a clock. When she showed him what she had drawn he knew exactly what was wrong with her. All the numbers were written on the right side of the clock face, and no numbers were on the left side.
She had anti-NMDAR encephalitis. The receptors in the frontal lobe, responsible for cognitive reasoning, and the limbic system, or the emotional center of the brain, are under assault by the immune system. In other words, her body was attacking her brain. Nearly 90% of people that suffer from this go undiagnosed and it is more common in women.
Oh, and she wrote a book about it called
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
U ever start watching a movie and immediately think “Wow this has way too many white people.”
If you do,go back the the hole you came from because thats racist
if u actually think that me saying that theres an overabundance of white people in movies is racist then boy do i have some news for u
I’m not asking you to donate anything, or pay for anything.
I’m only asking for you to click that “reblog” button.
And, in doing so, spread awareness about Schizoaffective Disorder, and help to reduce the myths and misconceptions.
There is so little awareness about Schizoaffective Disorder, which makes it really difficult for those of us suffering from it, to receive understanding within society. Common reactions can range from complete ignorance, to assumptions that the disorder unequivocally equates to the notion that we are violent, or dangerous. There are a lot of very common misconceptions, that could be blotted out, with only a little bit of awareness.
What is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Schizoaffective Disorder, is a serious psychiatric condition, in which individuals suffer from both psychotic, and affective (mood) issues. It is diagnosed, when symptoms of Schizophrenia, collide with symptoms of a mood disorder, such as Bipolar Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder. It is difficult to diagnose, as it can closely resemble other disorders, such as Schizophrenia, or Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features. There are many technicalities in the DSM-IV that differentiate these disorders, making the disorder something that requires professional observation, treatment, and maybe most importantly, time, to diagnose accurately.
What can the symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder include? (Source: The Mayo Clinic)
- Strange or unusual thoughts or perceptions
- Paranoid thoughts and ideas
- Delusions - having false, fixed beliefs
- Hallucinations - eg./ hearing voices
- Unclear or confused thoughts (disorganised thinking)
- Periods of depression
- Periods of manic moods/sudden increases in energy
- Irritability or poor temper control
- Suicidal thoughts, and/or thoughts of homicide
- A speaking style that people sometimes can’t follow or understand
- Behaviour at the extreme end of the spectrum, for example behaving in a bizarre way
- Problems with attention and memory
- Lack of concern about hygeine and physical appearance
- Changes in energy and appetite
- Sleep disturbances
What are the treatments for Schizoaffective Disorder?
- Anti-psychotic medications
- Mood-stabilizing medications
- Anti-depressants (usually in conjunction with at least one of the above)
- Psychotherapy and counselling
- Family therapy
- Electroconvulsive Therapy
Are all people with Schizoaffective Disorder really dangerous?
No, this is a stereotypical myth. Researchers have discussed that there is almost no conceivable way of figuring out whether environmental factors, or personality traits, account for the crime and violence that may occur in individuals with a mental illness.
What to do if you think a loved one may be suffering with Schizoaffective Disorder?
- Make sure that they have the contact details of suicide helplines, and mental health helplines in their possession
- Make sure you have the number of a mental health outreach team on your cell phone, in case things progress rapidly and your loved one needs immediate help
- Talk to them about how they are feeling, and suggest that it might be time to have a chat to your Doctor
- Reassure them, that you only want to make their life better
- Get a referral to a knowledgable and reputable Psychiatrist, and make sure that they receive the help that they need
- Don’t be angry or upset around them, if you feel that way, save that for your own time, and if you are struggling with what is going on for them, consider seeing a counsellor to help you deal with how you feel about what is going on
So, what is with the ribbon?
I have realised that there is no real official ribbon for Schizoaffective Disorder, well, at least not one I can find! So, I made one online. The grey, is representative of the Schizophrenia awareness ribbon, and symbolises the psychotic symptoms associated with Schizoaffective Disorder. The green lining, is representative of the affective (mood) components of Schizoaffective Disorder, as green is currently displayed upon the Bipolar Disorder awareness ribbon. Bipolar Disorder can involve manic episodes/depressive episodes/mixed episodes, so it is relevant to the Schizoaffective ribbon. This Schizoaffective Disorder ribbon represents that collision of psychotic and affective (mood) symptoms, which are so relevant in this disorder.
The ribbon is transparent, so it won’t compromise your blog’s aesthetic goodness! Please pass this on. Love, hope, and strength to you.
God, guys, this is so important. I’m tearing up. This is my disorder! Someone actually cared enough to raise awareness for my disorder!
we’re going to great wolf lodge this weekend i’m so pumped
i’m gonna play magiquest the entire fuckin time
Cutting to the chase I am doing a project for my art class that requires me to do a piece that is 60ftx1ft long.
60 feet is a HUGE size.
Long story short, I need your URLs, and if you reblog/like this post I will write your URL down on my piece.
I NEED 60 FEET OF URLS AND I HAVE SMALL HANDWRITING. PLEASE REBLOG FOR ONE REASON, AND ONE REASON ONLY:
this is actually the best reason ever
The game is on
This may get 2 notes this may get 1000. I don’t really mind, even if it helps one person i’m happy.
I just want you to know that everything will be okay. I know you’re in a hard place right now where you think that maybe harming yourself or killing yourself is the only solution. But I promise you, there are other ways you can cope and there are reasons for you to stay on this earth.
Self harming isn’t going to solve the problem/s nor will it make you feel any better. I know you get a sense of release/punishment but it’s not going to help in the long run.
Remind yourself that every time you feel the urge to self-harm that it’s just a thought. You DO NOT have to act upon it.
Self-harming will affect you emotionally, physically and mentally. It will only help for about 5 minutes. Then something else can happen to trigger the feeling again.
Alternatives without harming yourself:
- Holding/squeezing ice.
- Splashing your face with water.
- Getting a rubber band and snapping it against your skin (this could hurt, though it’s better than other ways that people usually choose to self-harm).
- Take a hot shower or bath.
- Eat something sour. It will take your mind of the urge. (Lemon, sour lollies)
- Massage where you want to self-harm.
- Get a red pen or red paint and draw/paint over where you usually self-harm.
- Remind yourself as to why you shouldn’t do it. (Scars, harms organs, blood lose, leave memories etc…)
- Describe what you are feeling. (Is the urge/pain in your chest, fists, legs, arms, head).
Killing yourself will not help. It is not a solution.For whatever reason you are thinking about killing yourself, it is temporary and you can get help.
I know you probably think no one cares, you think you can’t handle the situation you are in or you feel helpless and alone.
But I want to remind you everything is temporary
You have your whole life ahead of you. You have so many more years that you can accomplish things in.
- Having a family.
- Getting married.
- To watch the sun rise.
- To watch the sun set.
- To save someone else’s life.
- Finish school.
- Get your dream job.
- To laugh.
- To smile.
- To go camping.
- Travel to new places.
- To wake up every morning to the person you love.
- To keep that promise you made.
- To accomplish a goal.
- To meet your idle.
- To listen to new music.
- Theme parks.
- Video games.
- To be able to look back and say “I made it”.
Just a reminder; what you are going through is temporary.
In case you need to hear this:
- You are loved.
- You are wanted.
- You are needed.
- You are beautiful.
- You are handsome.
- You are important.
- You are not alone.
- You are okay.
- You are strong.
- You are worth it.
- You are smart.
- You are not a failure.
- You are useful.
- You are going to be okay.
I’m always here for you. I’ll try my best to help and make you smile.
You deserve to be happy and you deserve to know that you are not alone and there are people that can help.
Please. Please. Please. Don’t.
I have had suicidal thoughts… i thought “maybe my parents were better off without me” and “My parents think I’m a huge failure” and “If I could kill myself could my family even care?”
I’m telling you; Don’t think about stuff like that! If you have a dream… go at it. If you want to be a artist or just whatever go at it and don’t let anyone stop you. If you have been saving money for a cute little kitten or a cute little puppy then keep going! Just keep going no matter what.
Just promise me this one thing…. Push those thoughts away and live your life.
There are people out there who love you even if you don’t know it.
*gives you (the person who is reading this) a big bear hug*
I got a four, what did you get?
I got a 6, lol.
I got a 6
I got… F? I failed the test?
I took it again just in case and it came out the same.
I got a 6! Surprised? I did not think so.
I got 0 lmao
Enjoying some dark chocolate almond milk in my favorite cup before work
it’s the cutest cup :3
i see your cat cup and raise you a cat bowl
Your cat bowl has nothing on my
u wanna go
have a taste of my cat teapot
Bro, get a look at my
Biatch please, I have a gang.
It’s like that Subway commercial where everyone loves Avocados
Seriously, if you care about what’s going on in Ferguson/Mike Brown, you need to watch the Livestream now. IT’S GOING DOWN IN STL!
Holy shit! The crowd is marching the police out of the streets… this could change in a moments notice, but damn, if this isn’t an inspiring moment. And a terrifying one too. Just… fuck.
Update: Bella Eiko is on the ground. Watch her livestream. Protesters on the move now and have practically ran police out of the neighborhood.
im so worried about tall boys….be safe…be careful up there… maybe u should come down here and kiss me
superwholockian: WE KNOW HOW TO KILL AND HIDE A BODY
me: throws you into a locker
Superwholockian: *Burns down the locker* *Climbs out of fire with no scratches* *Puts on fez* * Puts on scarf* *eyes flicker black* You shouldn’t of done that.
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