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Mania or insomnia?

I feel like my brain is stuck in fight or flight mode, and idk how to escape this. 2 nights this week I have not slept a minute. I’m missing work bc of this. I could loose my job. I just got put on Wellbutrin last month and I think it’s causing more harm than good. I got an appointment with my mental health provider on Monday. I don’t know if this is a manic episode or pure insomnia. The sleep medications aren’t working. I just wish my brain would chill out. 💕💕💕

#Mania #Bipolar2Disorder #Insomnia #fightorflight #Speaklife #TheSecretLifeOfTheManicDepressive

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When Intuition Overcomes Anxiety #faithoverfear #intuition #AnxietyDisorders #PeaceInThePain

'Intuition Overcoming Anxiety'. To some it may seem like a concept that is easy to grasp. But to others, including me, maybe not so much. If any of you are unfamiliar with what intuition is (and there is nothing wrong with that), I invite you to look it up as it may help make sense of what I am getting at. Being able to trust and act on your own intuition is not always an easy feat.

If you are part of this community on 'The Mighty', odds are that you have at least some familiarity with Anxiety. Now, you likely also are aware (if you aren't, I invite you to look into it) that 'anxiety' is one thing, an 'Anxiety Disorder' is a whole different ballgame. And it gets even more complicated from there (as in the the individual disorders, the degrees of each, and the individual's own experience of it.

Now, back to the idea of 'Intuition Overcoming Anxiety'. I myself only have my own experience to base what I am about to say on, but I know it is possible, because it happened to me. And I mean, it happened in a situation where even now, I'm not even sure I fully comprehend how, given the physical, mental, and emotional state I was in, I was even able to tune in to my intuition act on it. I do have my own spirituality that I accredit but ultimately, the decisions I made, and the results thereof, showed how my intuition overcame my anxiety.

So, my question for you all is, have you had experiences where your Intuition has Overcome your Anxiety? You are in no way expected to share your story if you don't want to. But feel free to share in the comments if you'd like! Thanks!

#Anxiety #physicalanxiety #fightorflight #believeinyourself #strengthwithin #MightyTogether


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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Chronic Pain, It’s Not Just Physical

When the body experiences pain, the attentional resources are disrupted to prioritize actions and warn the body that something is wrong. However, when the pain is persistent, it causes physiological, cognitive, and emotional disturbances. This leads to cognitive impairment, a lower quality of life, anxiety, clinical depression, avoidance and withdrawal behavior, and heightened suicidal tendencies.
#ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Anxiety #Depression #BrainFog #Insomnia #Painsomnia #fightorflight


Major trigger #CPTSD #fightorflight

I’ve worked so hard to recognize my triggers but I missed this one. Reading stuff on mighty. Having silent heartburn. Lack of sleep. Physical pain.
My fight or flight response used to be just flight, the crying wanting to get away.
When my ptsd shifted to CPTSD,my response is now fight. I’m 5’4” and 150lbs, weak.
Yesterday my triggers set me off again and I didn’t have time to get it under control.
I don’t hurt anyone physically but verbally I’m a nightmare. The rage changes me, I don’t recognize myself at all. I destroy things around me and at this point I feel no physical pain.
It honestly scares me. I now understand the rage soldiers have when traumatized. I understand why families leave them. My brother is one of them. I understand why they choose to end it - it feels as the only way out, the never ending nightmare.
At this moment I feel lost. I did a lot of damage last night. I’ve appoligized to my boyfriend (he’s a soldier as well) but you can only appoligize so many times. #sucide


What id give for a break from anxiety

Anxiety has been getting worse these last couple of weeks - have had lots going on. Trying to manage it the best I can. Then this morning I wake up as though I’m already in a full blown panic attack, body ready for action to the level worthy of a zombie apocalypse. And I have no idea what has really triggered it to be so so bad. I am ok if I stay in the 4 walls of my room but even trying to do some normal chores I found myself sprinting back into my room as though I was being chased by the boogie man. Ugh! It’s just so exasperating to waste an entire day. I’m trying to feed my brain with all the compassion and self love it obviously needs right now but nothing is working.

On another note, Does anyone else secretly get jealous of people who don’t even know what anxiety is? Like the ones who don’t know what it’s like to be in the midst of a panic attack and having to be in a constant struggle with your own brain to use logic and fight your instincts that honestly believe they are keeping you safe . I am usually pretty positive and accepting that I have anxiety but today it just seems so unnecessary. Wish there was a switch and we could all just flick it off - forever!
#Anxiety #PanicAttack #SafeSpace #triggered #muststayinmyroom #notsurewhy #fightorflight


Day 1 - Seeing Family Again

I get this overwhelming anxious feeling when I know a social situation is going to take place, like a family gathering, or even just seeing my future in laws. Even though I am aware of it a few days in advance and try to wrap my head around it I still get palpitations and feel like my brain just shuts down. I feel like I'm the only one and no one understands why I can't just be normal in these situations. My first reaction is to flee and try to get home as soon as possible where it's safe.

#SocialAnxiety #Anxiety #Depression #fightorflight

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