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Link between adventure/extreme sports and mental health sufferers

Hi everyone,

I am starting to embark on a personal project looking at the link between high adrenaline sports (adventure/extreme sports) and mental health sufferers. I am wondering do people in the community personally have a link or see a link between these things? Also do you have suggestions on questions I should be asking?

I myself suffer from some severe mental set backs, at the same time I have always engaged in adventure/extreme sports. When I ask why I do these things (mainly rock climbing, skating, BMX, mountaineering, and backcountry exploration) my answer is 'because if I don't I go insane'.

#mental #Anxiety #Depression #MentalHealth #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #Sport #PanicDisorder #Agoraphobia #SocialAnxiety

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Ambulatory wheelchair users and sports. How do you navigate if you need your wheelchair and people asking questions or looking at you?

I have recently been thinking about getting back to a sport/activity I used to do before my health took a dive for the worse. The thing that I believe keeps me from doing it is the fact that I know I will need my wheelchair. This sport/activity can be done standing(which is the norm),sitting or from a wheelchair. I’m still not confident and maybe still not comfortable going out in my wheelchair when it comes to the day-to-day stuff. So I’m very anxious and nervous about possibly going back to the sport/activity. They know that I had health issues before, but as the years have gone by, I have seen that more young people have joined the club, which only intensifies my nervous about going back.

I know that I don’t owe them any explanation for why I would use my wheelchair, but I also feel maybe that I should…but I don’t know how to go about explaining that I have POTS and all that.

I guess my question is, how do you go about being an ambulatory wheelchair user and sports/activities were you probably will be looked at or that people will ask questions?

#PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #AutonomicDysfunction #ChronicIlless #Sport


Competitive Sport

By no means am I blaming football for my mental health problems. I have fond memories of playing sport and being part of a team/organisation. I was gifted with the ball and excelled on the pitch.

It was my father who ruined my experience. It was not enough for my father to simply appreciate that his son was capable of running, jumping and kicking a ball. He brought along a competitive spirit that was not only embarrassing but toxic.

I was skillful but I was not a naturally gifted athlete with any attributes that made me excel far beyond my years. I was playing in the year above and starting in the team but again this was not enough for my father who expected me to excel in the squad. I lacked in stature and athletic ability (speed mostly) and this would eventually lead to difficulties towards the end of my playing days.

If I ever get around to having kids, I will think long and hard before enrolling them in to a competitive sport / environment. The problem with competitive sport is it breeds a mindset based on results. The schooling system is also guilty of this. I would like this post to focus on the issue of sports although I also experienced major issues at school.

There is an argument for competitive sport but my overall consensus is it did me more harm than good. The need to be the best always critiquing how I played, never being satisfied and the game forever playing on my mind. For something that gave me very little it is very taxing on the psyche.

My team disbanded and I was forced to join a new team in a more difficult league for which I was not prepared. The game was no longer fun and became serious business with everyone trying to make it to the senior squad where money was involved.

It was a combination of life getting in the way of my dream of becoming a footballer and my own poor life choices. It takes a very strong willed individual to ignore the lights, girls & music and focus solely on the game. You need to be wiling to sacrifice for the sport. When I gave up on football, I started to experience identity issues as I felt the game made me who I was.

My dad only wanted the best for me, so when I started to act out and started to steal it was a shock to him and he didn't know how to handle my behaviour.

It wasn't until I stopped playing football and realised that the game had left me feeling empty and took a lot away from me. It also left me with a competitive streak that I sought to satisfy elsewhere. I felt deep sadness that my own stupid decisions had ruined my dream of becoming a footballer.

In my later years I have trouble agreeing to be part of a team, group or association. Football is not the sole reason for this but adds to my mental problems associated with gang mentality. It also brings out an us against them mentality which I don't want anything to do with. Keeping to myself has brought on its own challenges and I fight with negative emotions most of the time as I come to terms with who I am.

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BPD and sport

Hi! I was wondering if any of you could give me a little hand.

I guess I'm not the only one recomended with doing exercise in order to improve my mental health.

The thing is, with the obsesive trait of the BPD I had really bad experiences.

I joined a gymclub and I'm not sure how, I ended up training 7 days/week and a minimun of 3 hours.

This was a couple years ago, before I was diagnosed with BPD.

This week I decided to give a try to fitness again, because the only physical activity I was doing until then was horse riding.

I've been honest with the trainers about my situation, but I feel they consider me kind of "crazy" and that there's nothing to worry about. Which make me even more anxious.

Have you people been there too? Similar stories? Some advice?

Thank you in advance, sending you all my love and support.

#BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Sport

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15 mins to go!!!! 😱 #Sport #Autism

Looking forward to tonights game! I’ve done my weight training now its time for low fat marshmallows and some sport! 😜 #Rugby #Specialinterest #Autism #women #Womeninsport #Sport



I’ve noticed that I get really into my boyfriend’s touch game. I shout and scream when things go wrong. I noticed that I bounce my legs a lot and my mind gets loud. My thought starts to race and my emotions get a bit much to handle. Wish I had my Largactil to calm me down but I don’t. #anxious #Sport #Medication


Is sport really helping ? #Sport #Depression

Hi everyone !
I'm 24 and recovering from depression.

This semester, I signed in for a zumba-step course twice a week, it's funny and I'm proud of myself for doing it.
The problem is that almost everytime, I feel suddently low, like bad days with depresion and anxiety are back, and I lasts for the afternoon.
Do you think it takes too much energy ?
Should I stop ?

I'm rather Netflix than gym, if you seem what I mean, but i enjoy hiking and running - if I do it on my own rythm and I've never experienced something like that ...
And everyone says sport is good for MH, so ?