Other Mental Health

Join the Conversation on
Other Mental Health
84.5K people
0 stories
23K posts
About Other Mental Health
Explore Our Newsletters
What's New in Other Mental Health

Insomnia is So Much More Than Being Unable to Sleep

I wish more people understood the complexities of living with insomnia and sleep anxiety. It is so much more than what people see on the surface like staying up late, sleeping in, daytime tiredness, and the struggle to be on time for things.

According to Cleveland Clinic, “Roughly, 1 in 3 adults worldwide have insomnia symptoms, and about 10% of adults meet the criteria for insomnia disorder,” and “About half the people with chronic insomnia also have at least one other mental health condition, like anxiety or depression”(Cleveland Clinic, Insomnia: What it is, causes, symptoms & treatment 2023). That is a LOT of people struggling to sleep at night. People are quick to judge and blame it on technology use before bed but for some of us, we’ve been struggling with sleep long before ever owning a cell phone. At least, that’s been the case for me.

Insomnia for me is crippling. It’s intense dread each time the sun begins to set. It’s an anxiety response each night when bedtime rolls around. It’s a constant battle in my mind of knowing I should go to sleep at a certain time but anxiety runs through my body as I watch the minutes and sometimes hours passing by as I lay in bed. It’s a struggle to wake up in the morning because you finally fell asleep in the wee hours of the morning with the help of a sedative which leaves you groggy and still exhausted.

Insomnia is daytime anxiety, emotional sensitivity, and irritability because of the fatigue that radiates through every cell in your body. It’s the desire to lay down and take a nap but knowing that if you do, it will just make it even harder to sleep that night. It’s snapping at those you love because the exhaustion is just too overwhelming to your nervous system. It’s anxiety and dread for events or appointments planned in the morning, not because it’s something you don’t want to do but because you know that having to get up early will wreak havoc on your body and mind.

You see when I have something in the morning and I lay down in bed the night before, my mind races. It calculates how much sleep I’ll get, how that will affect my body, mind, and mood when I’ll be able to take a nap if I can, and how I’ll be able to put on a mask for the thing I’m supposed to do. While I would love to wake up early, see the sunrise, and be productive every day, that’s not my reality or the reality for many suffering from insomnia.

I would love to be able to wake up early on Sunday mornings to go to church but instead, I’m having to weigh the costs between going or staying home to sleep.  It’s a constant fight internally between going to church but dozing off through the entire sermon, getting incredibly irritated, and needing to come home and nap anyway or just staying home to sleep in but missing out on seeing important people in my life and hearing bits and pieces of the sermon. It’s a constant battle each week trying to decide. Something that many people with insomnia have to deal with daily. Getting up early for me isn’t an issue of laziness. It’s an issue of anxiety and depression.

Not only is insomnia associated with anxiety but it can also be a result of depression too. For instance, while I have been in this long fight with Treatment-Resistant Depression, my nights are often filled with hopelessness, overwhelming sadness, and dread for the next day of waking up and facing it all again. This dread turns into anxiety which keeps me up in fear of having to face another day of the same fight.

Insomnia can also cause serious damage to one’s body too. For instance, according to Hopkins Medicine, Insomnia and poor sleep quality can lead to complications like “increased risk for heart disease, increased risk for stroke, increased risk for diabetes, excessive weight gain or obesity, depression, and increased of injury to self or others, such as a car accident caused by driving while drowsy” (John Hopkins Medicine, Insomnia). It is so much more than what one sees on the surface.

Insomnia affects so many people worldwide and is multifaceted. It’s complicated. It is crippling. And it’s incredibly infuriating for the one suffering. I just wish more people could understand or have empathy for people like me who struggle with it.

6 reactions 3 comments

I’m new here!

Hi, my name is stressedgamedev0. I struggle with PTSD and other mental health issues daily. I'm always on the lookout for new resources to help. Just found this app, thanks for letting me join this community.

#MightyTogether #PTSD #Anxiety #ADHD

8 reactions 2 comments
See full photo

You Dont Know Me


In a land where all things look good and kept is a reality that something’s not quite right.

Enter the villain 🦹‍♀️ the Narcissist who married an Exho. Yet while the Echo was unaware the echo tried so many different things to make IT all work for the children and the spouse. Over the top adventures were agreed to reckless spending and debt was agreed to and in fact co signed the spouse’s University Student Debt.

All was good as long as the spouse was pleased and entertained. However the spouse would become board. Would even start to exhibit out of character behaviour and would go out with their so called friends staying out endlessly while the echo looked after the children.

Then the affairs and the echo would call out the Narcissist. The Narcissist would be confronted by family and would recline into a relationship with the echo again. The cycle continues yet the echo becomes more and more aware more and more watching absent and picks qualities from the narcissist to emulate.

Now there are two in the same house who’s placing their needs of self love over each other’s needs for one and other.

The bed grows cobwebs and there is no passionate connection only passive aggressive behaviour and malicious behaviour with manipulation. Everything is a game a dance of sorrows.

The children watch on as their parents transform from loving caring parents into separate souls who reject each other’s desires or needs.

This sounds horrible yet remember the echo has leaned. Agile and smart in order to survive. Abused neglected and abandoned by their spouse on a numerous occasions for affairs of fancy and inappropriate behaviour.

The echo unaware that the abuse was directed at them and the children becomes even more self aware. Therapy and counselling bring into the light the true situation. The echo sets limit’s expectations the narcissist plows over them the echo sets standards the narcissist prefers to do what they what when they want with who they want.

The echo mimics this behaviour the narcissist becomes unstable and physically aggressive with covert manipulation.

Long story short the echo becomes the villain based on the narcissist’s manipulation.

Now the victim becomes the villain and the divorce starts.

The victim and villain is treated well like the villain reinforcing the trauma and relationships traumas events CPTSD and other mental health related issues like suicidal ideation and dissociation.

The victim or villain becomes incarcerated only to find their true selves in the institution while recovering ❤️‍🩹 from the narcissist being separated from the narcissist and developing a sense of self reliance with spiritual growth.

The victim and villain returns to become the hero 🦸‍♀️

Not the hero to themselves no the echo is still growing underneath and realizing what has truly happened and why IT happened yet this person is not the same person that entry the institution. No this person is completely different. The hero is hero to observers and othe survivors. Becoming an inspiration and testimony to the people who come in contact with the survivor.

The survivor begins helping random strangers empowering their beliefs and self narratives to be self loving with compassion while healing ❤️‍🩹 in peer social and yes groups with others dealing with loved experiences.

The hero is no long an echo no the echo is now an emotionally awakened spiritual healer. Yet growing learning supporting and yes very much still recovering ❤️‍🩹.

This healer this shaman this foraged soul built in the depths of the despair is beyond comprehension to most and yet this story has a happy ending.

The hero continues their journey and helps others along the way while also developing healthy boundaries and relationships because they are now healthy and they now have self compassion for their own needs and the needs of thier children.

The book comes out and there are so many people that are touched by the story and illuminates other’s suffering that they begin to believe and become stronger than ever able to brake their own chains and set themselves free.

The story of one can effect others and empower others.

This is a true story name’s removed for protection.

If this story is happening or has happened to you or someone you are not alone.

You matter

You are important

You belong

You are valued

You are worthy

Please remember to be safe be well be loved 🥰 your worthy.

Don’t forget IT.

We hope this helps someone out there even just one. Don’t give up don’t give in don’t stop fighting. There are so many people depending on you.

You just haven’t met them yet or they haven’t read your store.

#LivedExperiance #Support #MentalHealth #Grief #PTSD #Depression #Anxiety #SuicidalIdeation #Survivor #DissociationDisorders #Healing #Recovery #restoration #Newlife #Empowerment #Hope #Joy #Love #peace #patience lots of patience.

Be well we hope this finds you well if you know someone struggling or suffering and situation, please help them. They don’t even know they need help.

8 reactions

So I just opened this app again for the first time in years! I am so much better than where I was at when I first signed on. It took work but, it wasn’t difficult once I decided that I was going to be “better”! I cut out drinking and drugs on 7/4/2020. I continued with my counselor, therapist, doctor and psychiatrist on different was to DEFEAT depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. I told them that I’m not taking any pills and will do it with as little pharmaceutical aids as possible. And literally just like that, it was like all my negative feelings and thoughts about certain things went away. Yeah there’s more details to the story but I just wanted to log in and say…JUST DECIDE THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO FEEL BAD ANYMORE. AND THEN PROCEED WITH POSITIVE ACTION!!! ❤️✌🏾💛👍🏾💙

8 reactions 1 comment

Anyone with ocd and SA. Lonely enough to find a text support buddy.

Hey. I am looking for a text suppory buddy. Not anything fancy. Just text at the end of the day. Ask about things we did and share wins of that day. I have ocd and other mental health issues. So even daily tasks like shower is very difficult and rare for me. Let me know if you're down.

Edit: sorry for not responding guys. Im feeling a bit overwhelmed i didn't expect so many responses. I just wanted one person. Now i don't know what to do and feel like letting others down.

35 reactions 16 comments

My story about Depression

#Depression When I was a teen, I suffered from severe depression. I was in the 9th grade at that time. You see, I used to hold my feelings inside a lot and would not tell anyone how I felt. In therapy, I learned that holding your feelings inside, is not the best thing to do. Which, looking back on that, is true. In therapy I got the help I needed and I also learned coping skills. One of them, is to communicate your feelings, to others. Which, I now do. I am no longer in therapy. Do I still suffer from depression? Yes, but I have the coping skills that help me battle through it. I hope that if someone, who reads this story and is suffering from depression or any other mental health condition, that they get some help. Talking does a world of good. Also, if any do suffer from depression or another mental health condition, you're not alone. So please do not feel, like you're all alone in this battle. That is why this site is here. To be a support outlet for those of us, who suffer with a wide range of issues.

5 reactions
See full photo

Signs of a panic attack


Panic attacks are the main symptom of panic disorder​, but they can occur with other mental health and medical conditions. It's helpful to explore the most common symptoms of panic, what causes them, and management strategies for each.

Heart Palpitations or Accelerated Heart Rate

When experiencing a panic attack, many people feel as though their heart is pounding. Heart palpitations are often fearfully perceived, as many people who experience panic attacks believe that they are a sign of a medical emergency such as a heart attack.

However, an accelerated heart rate is normal when it comes to panic attacks (or even when you're nervous or excited). It is associated with the fight-or-flight response you are experiencing. If you notice your heart racing, a strategy as simple as deep breathing can help you get it back in control.

Trembling or Shaking

When having a panic attack you may feel trembling sensations, especially in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. Similar to other panic attack symptoms, uncontrollable trembling and shaking are a result of the fight-or-flight reaction, which prepares the body to either fight off or flee from a real or imagined threat in the environment.

This response is triggered frequently in people with panic disorder and often without cause, but options like talk therapy, and in some cases medication, may help in the management of this. Meditation, deep breathing, and acknowledging that you're having a panic attack may also help.

Excessive Sweating

As anxious feelings arise, it's not uncommon to begin to sweat. Much like other anxiety-related symptoms, excessive sweating is part of the body’s innate stress response.

The type of sweating can vary. You may experience either a cold or hot sweat or both. You may sweat from your underarms, forehead, or multiple parts of your body. You may or may not experience chills or hot flashes along with the sweating.

While uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing to deal with, know that excessive sweating is not necessarily harmful. Finding strategies to calm yourself down can help decrease the stress response leading to the sweating. Once again, something as simple as relaxed breathing can go a long way in stopping the symptom.

Nausea or Abdominal Pain

Panic attacks can cause sensations of discomfort, nausea, or pain in the abdominal region.

Most people don't vomit when having a panic attack, but it's not uncommon to feel nauseous until the attack subsides.

Dizziness and Lightheadedness

When going through a panic attack, you may begin to feel dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint. This makes it hard to focus and can heighten anxiety.

Although uncommon, it's possible for someone experiencing a panic attack to faint. If you experience these symptoms, go ahead and sit or lie down, preferably somewhere quiet. Close your eyes and focus on your breath to help you come out of the panic attack.

Numbness and Tingling Sensations

Feelings of numbness and tingling can also occur during a panic attack. Areas of the body may have pins-and-needles sensations or feel completely frozen and numb. These symptoms can occur anywhere on the body but are most often felt in the hands, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and face.

You can refer to this:


Coping with Panic Disorder | Blog

A platform built on evidence-based principles, delivered by licensed clinicians, coaches making care accessible, effective and scalable.
See full photo

the Mental Illness vs. Chronic Illness “debate”

“At least it’s not cancer” is something frustrating I’ve always heard as a chronically ill person, but something I hear even more is some variation of “you wouldn’t tell a person with cancer to get over it…” or “you wouldn’t tell a person with glasses to just see better…” while directly saying or implying that mental illness is stigmatized much more than physical illness. And after a lifetime of both severe physical and mental health issues, I *despise* this rhetoric with every bone in my body.

I’ve talked about this at times in the last 15+ years of chronic illness since my first official autoimmune disease diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, but I’ve barely written about it because it feels controversial, or like speaking poorly on something people are doing to try to mean well. I never want to push back on a seemingly good thing, but I have to say something, if only just once to get it out of my system.

DISCLAIMER: This is coming only from my lived experience in the US health system, and is not a reflection of the entire chronic illness community or any other chronically ill individual.

My potentially controversial opinion is that chronic mental health issues and chronic physical health conditions receive almost exactly the same lack of understanding from the general public and from healthcare providers. Furthermore, this lack of understanding for each others’ communities creates divisiveness in the world of speaking out about *any* chronic illness in the first place. It gives an US vs. THEM mentality to folks of varying health conditions that could find common ground in each other. If we both seek to understand each other, or you are like me and experience life in both medical spheres, this kind of rhetoric does absolutely 0% to help either efforts to educate the general public about mental illness & physical illness. There is a lot to be understood in the mental illness and chronic illness world and how they overlap / how comorbities exist more often than not.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to defy medical barriers and get proper diagnoses in the first place, you will find that the specialists that work on your various health issues will not communicate with each other. This leaves the responsibility and advocacy on you, which is a heavy burden to carry when you’re struggling with a dwindling quality of life.

For example, I am bipolar. In a 3 week stay at a mental health facility, they did not allow me to be transferred to a different medical facility to get my bi-monthly intravenous infusions that keep my autoimmune problems under control, which led to a flare up of my physical conditions that worsened my treatment in both areas. Because of that, I am terrified of ever going to a mental health facility again (aside from the already terrifying aspects of mental health care in the US.)

For another example, my diagnosis of serious mental health issues is a huge barrier to the diagnosis and treatment of my physical health issues due to that stigma. I have been medically gaslit from so many providers and told so many times that very real things are “all in my head” that I have a near panic attack every time I see a new specialist because it’s more likely to end in heartache than it is to end in feeling validated and listened to. I’ve found compassionate doctors sometimes, but it is a long road to find them.

I have a medical binder I carry to all appointments with all of my diagnoses, my medical documents from all providers, my lab work and biopsy results, etc. Then I write down all my symptoms relevant to the specialist I’m seeing so I don’t panic and forget my thoughts once I get there. Medical barriers are endless, so I will provide all evidence I have just to be taken seriously for any amount of time a doctor will listen.

Chronic mental illness and chronic physical illness can absolutely be equally debilitating, but pitting them against each other is NOT the answer we should be looking for. They are so deeply intertwined that I could not imagine my life without either. And more importantly our treatment by the general public and medical providers alike need a more nuanced and balanced view of human health.

Like I said, I just had to get this out of my system at least once in my life. If you read this, thank you for letting me ramble. This does not even begin to dissect the issue of mental and physical health and the need for comprehensive treatment. This does not touch on the additional barriers at the intersections of race / class / sexuality that exist.
It’s just a few of my thoughts so that people understand that theoretical comparisons of physical vs. mental illness don’t have any real life truth for me. Comparing my situation to cancer, or another illness of any kind, has not yielded any help or strengthened my worldview. If we can bridge the gaps in education of medical understanding to people of any kind at any capacity, even just extending your empathy for the things you may never have to understand, I’ll call that a win for everyone.

#MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #CrohnsDisease #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #Fibromyalgia #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #OtherMentalHealth

34 reactions 7 comments