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    For once I don't actually have a problem with a daily mail article - I took it as just a piece highlighting an artists' work rather than a veiled attack or anything and found it fairly clear the captions are only the artist's personal opinion of his 'monsters'. Have seen the pictures floating around the internet for a while now and I quite like them. I've been keeping a sort of visual journal for a while now and quite often draw my own versions of what I imagine my mental illness to look like, so I find it interesting to see other interpretations. I do quite like the idea of drawing a tangible creature to try and explore the idea it's something external to fight rather than an internal failing and I find it quite cathartic to put feelings and thoughts into a visual form (...should so have done art therapy. even if just for the excuse to mess around with proper equipment rather than crappy 50p watercolours ).
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    How do I stay in touch with my sister? She is my only family and friend. But when I see her she cries because she feels we might never see each other again. How can I keep making her feel this pain? How do I share, without being an emotional burden on her?
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    How do I stay in touch with my sister? She is my only family and friend. But when I see her she cries because she feels we might never see each other again. How can I keep making her feel this pain? How do I share, without being an emotional burden on her?
    Why does she feel she might never see you again? (Or is this one of those things we're not allowed to talk about on tsr?) I use skype and facebook to talk to my brother. If this is what we're not allowed to talk about, I'd suggest telling her that you're doing your best and you're talking to all the professionals/taking your medication/engaging in therapy - just so she knows you have support other than her and that should hopefully relieve some of the stress.
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    My eyes are like proper red - stupid contact lenses!

    Uni is starting to get really tough now and I'm actually struggling to keep up with my workload for once. Usually I'd leave it to the last minute but if I do that now, I'll fall so behind. Just got so much to do now :sad:
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    Concerning the monsters from the Daily Mail:

    1) Concerning it is the Daily Mail it is extremely good, especially the link to mind.org
    2) It took me some time to understand, that these monsters should represent the illness by itself and not ill persons.
    3) I don't know wether I shall find it good or bad. Anyway, more on the level of a children book, not more.
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    (Original post by Nathanielle)
    Concerning the monsters from the Daily Mail:

    1) Concerning it is the Daily Mail it is extremely good, especially the link to mind.org
    2) It took me some time to understand, that these monsters should represent the illness by itself and not ill persons.
    3) I don't know wether I shall find it good or bad. Anyway, more on the level of a children book, not more.
    I took a look at this after you posting about it. It looks interesting. As you say, it's kinda difficult to dissociate the monster from the sufferer. I, somebody with depression, actually found myself feeling sorry for the depression monster.
    It's quite good though. Maybe it will build understanding like the black dog campaign.
    Still though, no OCD monster which i find somewhat odd and annoying.
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    Is anyone about that I can pm? About something really silly but I just noticed it and I am freaking the **** out, could do with someone reinforcing my rationalisations.
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    The daily mail article is much better than most daily mail articles, especially their articles about mental health. I don't see the article as negative myself, I think it is an interesting take on explaining mental illnesses personally.
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    Is anyone about that I can pm? About something really silly but I just noticed it and I am freaking the **** out, could do with someone reinforcing my rationalisations.
    Go for it.
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    The daily mail article is much better than most daily mail articles, especially their articles about mental health. I don't see the article as negative myself, I think it is an interesting take on explaining mental illnesses personally.
    I think it's interesting now I understand it better, but I interpreted it that the monsters were the people with the illness from what I understood of the writing next to the images, I think I would have understood it better without the description just the pictures


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    (Original post by PonchoKid)
    I think it's interesting now I understand it better, but I interpreted it that the monsters were the people with the illness from what I understood of the writing next to the images, I think I would have understood it better without the description just the pictures


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    It doesn't help that the article takes about the pictures at completely different times and places to where the pictures are either.
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    It doesn't help that the article takes about the pictures at completely different times and places to where the pictures are either.
    It's deffinately all about interpretation, as I fully understand the whole article now and find it interesting, where as before I saw the monsters as bad and what the people with the illnesses were like to others I find it very sort of hurtful!


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    (Original post by PonchoKid)
    It's deffinately all about interpretation, as I fully understand the whole article now and find it interesting, where as before I saw the monsters as bad and what the people with the illnesses were like to others I find it very sort of hurtful!


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    Yes, I agree with that - however I don't know if we can expect a daily mail article which is both not negative about mental health issues AND easy to understand
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    Yes, I agree with that - however I don't know if we can expect a daily mail article which is both not negative about mental health issues AND easy to understand
    I think that's why I thought it was a negative article

    Hope your ok


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    (Original post by PonchoKid)
    we had certain things we were meant to do but didnt :sad: deffinately dont feel refreshed either

    you should hang out more then if shes struggling aswell!
    Oh no, I hope they weren't too important? And I hate it when you feel worse after sleeping than you did before, I had yet another nap just now although I don't feel too bad. Also want to eat something but cooking is just too much effort

    Yeah, that is a good idea. The last week has been kinda crap for her as she lost her card and therefore can't access her money, and she has been ill as well. Hopefully today we should go to the bank and withdraw some money, plus she really wants to go out clubbing tomorrow night but that depends on how quickly she recovers.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Why does she feel she might never see you again? (Or is this one of those things we're not allowed to talk about on tsr?) I use skype and facebook to talk to my brother. If this is what we're not allowed to talk about, I'd suggest telling her that you're doing your best and you're talking to all the professionals/taking your medication/engaging in therapy - just so she knows you have support other than her and that should hopefully relieve some of the stress.
    Why does she feel like that? Because when everything turns into chaos, when I'm living in my alternate reality, when I'm at my most desperate, angry, scared, frustrated and confused moments, I'm at risk. And it's just horrible that I'm her brother and I'm the one in her life that causes her so much distress and tears. I just want to be normal I guess, for her sake, not mine. I don't want her to have to worry about me. :confused: Enough on the pessimism. I'm actually optimistic at the moment that I might learn a method to manage in the future.

    Hope you are okay Sabretooth. I read what you wrote earlier. Have things calmed down? You know, your wife shouting is probably her way of expressing how much she cares for your welfare...and that invisible bond you share is probably something to be cherished...:yes:
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    (Original post by los lobos marinos)
    Why does she feel like that? Because when everything turns into chaos, when I'm living in my alternate reality, when I'm at my most desperate, angry, scared, frustrated and confused moments, I'm at risk. And it's just horrible that I'm her brother and I'm the one in her life that causes her so much distress and tears. I just want to be normal I guess, for her sake, not mine. I don't want her to have to worry about me. :confused: Enough on the pessimism. I'm actually optimistic at the moment that I might learn a method to manage in the future.

    Hope you are okay Sabretooth. I read what you wrote earlier. Have things calmed down? You know, your wife shouting is probably her way of expressing how much she cares for your welfare...and that invisible bond you share is probably something to be cherished...:yes:
    I dunno if this will help but if you're so worried about having caused her pain and distress maybe you could try, when you're feeling better, doing something awesome together so that there's more good stuff between you? She's your sister, that means she takes the good with the bad, that's what families do. Good luck again with the mindfulness, I really hope it gives you better managing skills.

    Yeah, I took some diazepam and am feeling calmer which is good, I guess. I don't know about her shouting being an expression of her love for me, I don't understand why she gets so angry when I tell her what I'm thinking, I really wish I knew.
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    Not slept yet :huff:
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    An article from The Independent on The Sun's recent headline about mental health and murder:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...g-8863893.html

    The headline is shocking! However mild the content may be having stigma like that on the front page of a major news paper is just horrific! Why would you use something like that? It's just going to make people more afraid of mental health problems. This is the sort of coverage that will have suffers locked away not helped!
    Statistics show that there has been a stable trend in homicides committed by people with mental health problems and such cases only account for 5% of homicides. There is no reason to publish such a damming article!

    The article linked though does show there may be hope yet. At least there is some coverage for mental health that isn't riddled with stigma and false assumptions.
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    An article from The Independent on The Sun's recent headline about mental health and murder:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...g-8863893.html

    The headline is shocking! However mild the content may be having stigma like that on the front page of a major news paper is just horrific! Why would you use something like that? It's just going to make people more afraid of mental health problems. This is the sort of coverage that will have suffers locked away not helped!
    Statistics show that there has been a stable trend in homicides committed by people with mental health problems and such cases only account for 5% of homicides. There is no reason to publish such a damming article!

    The article linked though does show there may be hope yet. At least there is some coverage for mental health that isn't riddled with stigma and false assumptions.
    Mmm yeah Rory posted about this a couple of days ago, he also found this petition against it which I'm quoting in for you to look at. Not even the first time that the sun has done something as crappy as this.

    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitio...e=action_alert

    please sign if you have the time
    (Original post by Tilly-Elizabeth)
    Yeah I think it's probably a common feeling.
    I don't think I could tell them - I doubt any of them would take me seriously. I don't really have any close friends - I just have people who seem to talk to me until they find someone better to talk to. I can't think of a single person I could even tell. They're all way too judgemental. It's why I feel I've lost everything. I used to have close friends but I stopped trusting people, and now I feel like I can't even get to know people properly, because I can't trust them.
    Sorry I've taken so long to get back to you, bit crap at keeping up with things atm. Hmm it's a shame you don't feel like you can tell any of them about it. I'm sure what you've said about people talking to you until they find someone better just isn't true. Could you turn to any of the people you used to be close to/trust?

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    Starting to feel very crap very consistently.... Thinking about trying to determine who in my flat I *could* open up to because I'm really missing hacing someone local that I can turn to and ask to keep me company/stop me going into self destruct. Not good at coping with things on my own and it's really starting to take it's toll.
 
 
 
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