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A Lifelong Love of Music and Pop Culture

Pop culture has been my trusty sidekick since childhood, starting when I was a kid and getting to pick the music for my heart catheterization. That small, seemingly insignificant moment was the beginning of my lifelong love of music. Although my parents instilled in me a passion for music, it's grown exponentially over the years. In fact, I spent nearly 20 years as a Virtual DJ!

Chronic health issues can be a rollercoaster ride when you feel like you have no control over all the twists and turns life and our health can take. But through it all, pop culture has been a beacon of light for me, a portal to worlds of wonder and excitement, bringing joy and comfort even in the darkest of times.

Video games, movies, books, and music have been my ultimate escape, providing comfort and joy in the face of adversity. Today, various genres of music, along with other forms of entertainment, continue to help me manage my mood and anxiety, from calming ocean sounds for relaxation to classical music for battling insomnia.

P.S. You might be curious about my name. I'll admit, that I wasn't always a fan of the 'princess' title, but I've come to embrace it because, to me, princesses represent hope, dreams, and all things positive.

#pace #chronichealth  #musictherapy #copingmechanisms #chronicwarrior #hopeanddreams

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When My Emotions Get the Better of Me, and My ASD Feels Like A Curse Rather Than A Blessing

I had a confrontation with my dorm roommate the other night. We had an inside joke between the two of us, but I had reached the point where I no longer found the joke to be amusing anymore. I’ve made this known, with no effect; over time, my responses have turned more blunt, aggressive even. I’ve even made a few threatening statements; while I had zero intention of following through, my hope was that if he thought I would, then maybe he’d stop. Well, the other night, this reach a breaking point, and I actually literally yelled at him. He was clearly shocked, as he has yet to see me get to this point. I went to my room to cool off, and once I was sure he was back in his room, I came back out. After coming back out briefly, he said that he couldn’t wait until he was living somewhere where “he wasn’t’t physically threatened.” This statement gave me the impression that he was actually angry with me, so I left for a while to give myself — and him — some space. After a while, we did talk over the phone, and I came back to the dorm, Mountain Dew in hand as something of a peace offering . . . An olive branch, figuratively speaking. Nevertheless, I cannot shake the feeling of guilt that I’m experiencing . . . Even after he acknowledged that he’s no longer upset . . . Even after downing three shots of whiskey yesterday afternoon . . . Even after watching a movie last night at the movie theatre . . . For some reason, I cannot seem to forget what I did . . . Guess this is the disadvantage of morality and the curse of my ASD. #Autism #EmotionalDysregulation #anger #struggling #copingmechanisms


Anyone with hyperandregenic POTS? Curious about solutions/coping mechanisms for adrenaline surges, medications, or comorbidities

Hi there. I was diagnosed with POTS in 2020, and through a lot of self research discovered that I suffer from hypoandrogenic POTS. My symptoms present as visual snow, tinnitus, and heart rate inconsistency daily, and with extreme adrenaline surges at night (still trying to pinpoint my triggers). I’m curious if anyone here has this too, and if so if you have any solutions for flare ups? Specifically the adrenaline surges at night, but also generally.

Also, has anyone had success in getting a medical assistance dog? I’m really interested in doing so with a rescue, but know it’s hard to find.

#Dysautonomia #POTS #hyperPOTS #copingmechanisms


I feel like the way I stop my BPD episodes from exploding outside myself onto others might just reinforce some of my negative behaviours.

I don't even know if any of this will make sense.

Like, the only way I can stop my emotions exploding out of myself, and stop myself exploding onto other people is to internalise and push down and force myself to Stop Feeling. Which is what feeds my BPD in the first place, that inability to feel like I have a right to my emotions, that I need to zip it up and Behave and not say a word out of line.

Yes in a split I shouldn't let my emotions explode on others because it'll be disproportionate anger or desperation or anything else.

But it just Feels like all those times as a kid I forced myself to stop feeling and suck it up and keep going like I was perfectly fine. #BPD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Splitting #copingmechanisms

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Bullet Journal - Coping Mechanisms

Hey everyone! My name is Holly and I have been bullet journaling for about a month now. I’m using it to try and improve my mental health and because I find creative outlets help me during difficult times. It’s also a form of mindfulness for me. I have BPD and deal with a lot of intense emotions and can find them quite difficult to manage. I recently added a coping mechanism page to my bullet journal and added some colour and little drawings. I wanted to share it with the group as a suggestion for others but also because I really enjoyed making it. I hope everyone is having a lovely day.
#BulletJournal #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #copingmechanisms #Drawing


Just the thought of having a conversation with him makes me anxious...

Just the thought of having a conversation with my husband makes me #anxious and want to #vomit . I need more #copingmechanisms , #Support , and to get away!


Understanding "freeze" mode

They call it the fight or flight mode when in reality it's the fight, flight, or freeze mode. Many people who have experienced severe trauma or abuse when threatened, or are in fear, or subjected to further abuse, or a tramatic event they just freeze. It's a natural response, especially for individuals with PTSD/CPTSD. Their natural self preservation instincts have been compromised. Their traumatic experiences and/or abuse have conditioned their instincts into responding this way. There is no shame in it. It's involuntary and usually very misunderstood. Unfortunately society and more often than not loved ones do not see it this way. These "freeze" individuals are often judged harshly and unjustly for this. They can be shunned by family or friends because they don't get what's really happening. A human being who has suffered abuse/trauma their brain becomes altered or "re wired" and as a result their reaction to any threat can be significantly different than a "normal" person. It takes years of cognitive and behavioral therapy to try and rewire this response. Even then it doesn't always work. People who suffer with this freeze response may act indifferent, may seem withdrawn or anti social. This too is a freeze response. They may not be able to make proper decisions that would seem normal or automatic to most anyone else. They may become withdrawn or the complete opposite and become overly social or act out in ways that can cause them or others harm. They may become self destructive. This can last for weeks or months. Their ability to cope has gone into "hibernation mode" where they shut down emotionally as a defense mechanism. Some individuals who do this may not even understand what is going on themselves or why they react in such a way. So please try to be understanding. Understand these people are doing the best they can, are coping the only way their brains know how. Be extra loving and kind as they slowly begin to accept what is happening. Support them and encourage them to seek help. Don't give up on them and definitely don't judge them for this. They probably are more confused than you are as to why they are reacting or behaving the way they are. When in doubt always lead with love. Their freeze response is just as valid as fight or flight. And it doesn't make them any less deserving of your respect or kindness either. Survivors of abuse/trauma/neglect require more understanding and support and they should never be made to feel ashamed for this but instead praised for their resiliency and perseverance. Take care of one another and always be kind. #abusesurvior #Trauma #MentalHealth #copingmechanisms #PTSD #CPTSD #Support #Therapy #survivinganarcissist #fightorflight #freezemode #Kindness #Love #Support #fighter

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i guess, joke's on me 🤡*

#Fun #joke #copingmechanisms #Mentalhealthmemes

*laugh, irony and memes about mental health can provide feeling of relief, hope and light for future. However it’s not a replacement for seeking professional help, theraphy and medications. Take care of yourself! 🙏🏻

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What coping mechanisms work for you? #Anxiety #copingmechanisms

I find my self with more and more ticks that are self mutilating and self destructive. Of course with my inquisitive mind that I have I try to see what's causing the behavior. With more therapy I will know, but in the mean time I need coping mechanisms. Well what works for me is coloring, jigsaw puzzles, and crocheting. So what helps you get out of your mind?