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    What’s a book you wish someone else would write?

    Books are a beautiful thing — there’s just about something for everyone, no matter your taste, favorite genre, or desired topic. But there’s a not a book for EVERY intersection. So today, we’re curious what those unexplored themes are. What’s a book you’d love to read? Is there a specific author you’d love to write it?

    📚 P.S. In the comments section, if you know of a book that tackles someone else’s wishlist, make a recommendation for them to check out!

    #MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe #MightyBookClub #MightyPoets #MentalHealth

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    I Have Always Been A Storm

    Mash up of Stevie Nicks and James Norbury references today, as I’m currently caught up in a medical storm of sorts. I went to the doctor yesterday for a pressure test to confirm I have chilblains, which he confirmed, but not before giving me a long mansplanation about how in his opinion I’m actually mentally ill. My husband and I both felt whiplashed by this conversation, considering I went in to get my feet examined which fell by the wayside at lightning speed to become a grilling about how I should accept that I have Illness Anxiety which is causing me to be fatigued—not my #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis

    I’ve spoken with an ME charity who gave some advice, but they also said that though my doctor is medically obliged to abide by the World Health Organization’s categorisation of MECFS as a neurological disorder, this doesn’t stop some doctors from wrongfully categorising it as a mental illness.

    It is frustrating having to spend what energy I do have on trying to self advocate for treatment, then having to spend my nights reading up about the DSM criteria for Somatic, Illness Anxiety, and Conversion Disorders. I asked the doctor how I could prove that I’m not mentally ill and his answer was “with difficulty because (people like me) have a hard time accepting that they aren’t physically ill.”

    The greatest insult in this statement is that he dismissed all my private lab tests as being pseudoscience, but when I challenged him to produce scientific evidence to confirm his Illness Anxiety diagnosis, he basically used a Fallacy Argument to prop up his hot take.

    In my ordinary life, I would consider this farce, but as doctors are gatekeepers—I am being denied access to medical care based on someone’s whim. One which seems to have made it’s way into my medical history so that wherever I go within the NHS, this black cloud will inevitably follow.

    Like us #ChronicIllness sufferers don’t have enough to deal with already, but as Stevie sang “Never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm.”

    #MyCondition #ChronicFatigue #MightyTogether #MightyMusic #MightyBookClub

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    On Grief and Bulls in China Shops

    I’m reading Joan Didion’s ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’. I have always found comfort, and a home in books. Where some parents elect to use the television as a nanny; mine was reading books. I’m grateful for the understanding and wisdom I learned through the accumulation of stories from my fellow outcasts. This knowledge however, in time became a bridge between myself and my family. For at some point I journeyed too far beyond their comfort zones, their norms, and their unhealthy coping mechanisms.

    The bridge will always be there for them, but I don’t think they’ll ever be in a position to cross the distance between us, so fixed they are in their fear. I still have love for them, but it is also mixed with sorrow; that their faith in themselves and others is so limited; they are in effect hiding from life and the kind of enrichment that can only be achieved through being vulnerable with others, and find that—flaws and all—you can still find unconditional love and acceptance, for none of us here are perfect.

    The strange thing I’ve come learn about interpersonal boundaries is that they are isolating no matter what. For the person who is forced over time and error, to learn how to create healthy boundaries and then put them firmly in place, and equally the person who lives in a world without boundaries. For they embody the relationship version of a bull in a China Shop; they only know how to break things—despite the very thing they long for most being wholeness.

    My father passed away several years ago, and more recently since the cutting of ties between my mother and myself, I have felt what Didion refers to as “the loneliness of the abandoned child of whatever age.”

    A friend writes to Didion about the death of a parent after the passing of her mother “despite our preparation, indeed, despite our age, (death) dislodges things deep in us, sets off reactions that surprise us and they may cut free memories and feelings that we had thought gone to ground long ago. We might, in that indeterminate period they call mourning, be in a submarine, silent on the ocean’s bed, aware of the depth charges, now near and now far, buffeting us with recollections.”

    Reflecting further on loss, Didion writes that “Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.”

    For myself, I mourn the loss of my mother while she is still alive, and in the worsening of my poor health, it has dislodged so much within that I feel numerous waves of grief. For the good that was in my mother, for all the times she abandoned me, and for all that might have been. I grieve the understanding that my own mother’s mother abandoned her numerous times too, and my mother—whether she tried to or not—failed to break this cycle that leaves nothing but destruction in it’s wake, as it creates multigenerational bulls in China Shops. Capable of breaking much, and healing nothing.

    #ComplicatedGrief #Grief #GriefQuotes #StagesOfGrief #ChildhoodEmotionalAbuse #Childhoodtrauma #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder #Relationships #MightyBookClub

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    📝📖No Worries: A Guide To Managing Anxiety and Worry Using CBT

    Hi Mighties,

    Part 2 continuation
    Just sharing a few pages
    in this chapter: Metacognitive beliefs from a book I'm currently reading in the above title by 🇦🇺author Sarah Edelman.

    For those of you who like journalling or apps, this may interest you to have a go

    I shall give this exercise a go myself
    #Anxiety #GeneralisedAnxietyDisorder #Stress #Selfcare #MightyBookClub

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    📖Metacognitive beliefs -💭change mindset

    Hi Mighties,

    Hope your weekend is beginning or ending as well as it can be.

    Just like to share with you a section in a book I'm currently reading: 'No Worries: A Guide to Managing Anxiety and Worry Using CBT'
    🇦🇺Author: Sarah Edelman
    Here is a page with challenging worry, overthinking from chapter 'Metacognitive beliefs'

    Belief vs Rational Perspective

    I struggle with worry, it is a something I always thought was a big part of how I function and control the world around me. It has been a blessing and curse. It is hard to focus on the bigger picture. When you are focussed on trivial things or contemplating whether you did or said something .

    #Anxiety #Stress #worry #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #MightyBookClub

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    📖🧐Recognising: 'The Nature of Anxiety'

    🙋🏻‍♀️Mighties! I hope this new year has started off as best as it possibly be!

    I'm currently started reading this 📖Title - 'No worries: a guide to releasing anxiety and worry using CBT'
    Chapter: 'The Nature of Anxiety'
    🇦🇺Author: Sarah Edelman

    Recognising many of the somatic sensations in the body.
    That unpleasant dull feeling in situations under stress, overthinking and worrying at night.

    The list makes sense🧐
    Usually, I experience a heightened anxious feeling in situations being under stress and/or pressure, poor/limited time, overthinking, analysing things occuring at work, social setting and more often especially at night.

    #anxiety #Depression #caregiving #mentalhealth #checkinwithme #DistractMe #MightyBookClub

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    Sharing Part 2 - Chapter: Shame and Its Accomplices

    Hi Mighties,
    I would also like to share another page with you from same chapter: Shame and Its Accomplices by author (psychiatrist) Paul Conti in his book called 'Trauma The Invisible Epidemic How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It'

    Referring to the following page attached:

    -The first antidote reminds me of what I learnt in Mental Health course: Motivational interviewing - Miracle question

    -The second last antidote you may have heard about Progressive Muscle Relaxation or also abbreviated as PMR - I have personally found this helpful and to add to this full body scan.

    #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Insomnia #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe #Selfcare #Mindfulness #Bekindtoyourself #MightyBookClub

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    Sharing - Chapter: Shame and Its Accomplices

    Hi Mighties,
    I'd like to share this page from a chapter: Shame and Its Accomplices by author (psychiatrist) Paul Conti in his book called 'Trauma The Invisible Epidemic How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It'

    I understand the end of year can be overwhelming for some of us. I hope it is wrapping up as best as it can be.

    I hope and pray for goodness and healing your way with whatever struggles you are currently experiencing right now. 🙏🏼🫶🏼 #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Bekindtoyourself #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #DistractMe #MightyBookClub

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    SET UP communication

    Hi all,

    Just sharing a page from this book I'm currently reading;
    'I Hate You, Don't Leave Me - Understanding the Borderline Personality' : Third Edition
    Author: Jerold J. Kreisman, MD, and Hal Straus

    Would like to ask if anyone who has found this system of communication useful and/or if you wish comment your thoughts on it if you come across it before.

    S upport
    E mpathy
    T ruth

    U nderstanding
    P erservance


    #MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #CheckInWithMe #MightyBookClub

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    Get my bookworm on!📚

    Hi there fellow readers,

    Here I thought I'd share what I am borrowing for the next month or so. Here are a variety of self help books I shall aim to get through.

    I'm hoping to gather further insight into how I can communicate better within the working environment and for personal wellbeing.
    I'm hoping to also gain a better understanding of some conditions that affect myself and clents'.

    Referring to the image uploaded
    Starting from the bottom of the pile list
    I have a book about the following health topics which may contain evidence based practice and/or lived experiences

    - Bordeline Personality Disorder

    - Technology and its impact on children

    - A forensic psychologist perspective on their work

    - Trauma and its impact from a clinican perspective

    - Healing and 'Therapeutic Touch'

    - Dietician's perspective on management of conditions affecting the digestive system

    - Anxiety and worry

    #MightyBookClub #DistractMe #Anxiety #Healing #Trauma #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Selfcare

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