Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD… where’s ICD?

Today in my health class we had a guest speaker come talk to us about mental health. He mostly talked about relieving stress and anxiety, but he also talked a bit about common mental disorders. I’ve also taken a few psychology classes in my time. Never, ever, have I learned about, or even heard about, Impulse Control Disorders. It’s like they don’t even exist. I suffered with trich for several years before learning a name for it, before learning I wasn’t alone, that I’m not a complete and total freak.

Why is this? Why is there such a lack of awareness? There are almost no studies on trichotillomania, as far as I know. Sure, there have been a couple of documentaries, but how are we supposed to improve people’s quality of life if we know nothing about what they are suffering from?

The only people that can change this are people who know about it, namely, people suffering from Impulse Control Disorders and those around them, watching them suffer. Maybe some day more will be known and these disorders will be taught in psychology classes, next to their close relative, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Can I love you?

I recently reblogged a post titled “What It’s Like to Be In Love When You Have Depression“. It opens with “No one will love you until you learn to love yourself.”

I’ve never heard this before, but what I immediately thought of is something I’ve heard quite a lot: “You can’t love someone else until you learn to love yourself.” How can I love someone if I can’t even begin to like myself?

This is a terrifying thought to have, and can be debilitating, and can even destroy relationships.

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Trich Tricks #2

Hello everyone! I have another tip for you all! This one is a lot of fun 🙂

I recently purchased a fantastic head/scalp massager. It is FANTASTIC.

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It is great for stimulating the scalp (basically it makes your scalp feel all tingly and it’s great). It’s a great distraction from pulling. I made a short little video to demonstrate how to use it.

(So, I don’t know how to add videos? Help? Anyway, try these! Super great! Let me know what you think in the comments)

What It’s Like To Be In Love When You Have Depression

Thought Catalog

“No one will love you until you learn to love yourself” is an easy enough phrase to believe is true. But it’s terrifying, especially when you have depression. What if you never learn? As a teenager, it made me fear for my life as an adult. I was certain I would never be capable of being in a relationship, but I was very wrong. Honestly, I do not like myself very much, and in August of 2013, a boy fell very, very much in love with me.

I have dealt with depression for as long as I can remember. I’ve been on and off medications, been to therapy, but it’s still alive and well, comfortable in its home in my bones. I can feel it every day, a tiny inkling that causes breathtaking emotional pain at the most inconvenient of times.

My depression doesn’t care that I am in a…

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