Sorry for keep shamelessly plugging

Sorry for keep shamelessly plugging my crowd funder, I’m not very good at promoting myself, and I’m embarrassed that I am asking strangers to donate to me. Especially for something that could very well fail, and because there have been so many people on the internet who have taken advantage of good people as a con artist. anitacover2

I don’t think I am ever going to get used to asking for money, since I am someone who tries to be as independent as possible, and I am scared that I will get on everybody’s nerves, by keeping putting up the link.

Thank you for reading.

My Crowdfunder for my Mental Health Resource Hub Idea.

I am currently living with my parents due to having mental health problems, severe anxiety, agoraphobia, severe depression; and I have had a physical nervous breakdown seven years ago.

I want to made this site for the core reason that I think finding out about mental illnesses, your rights, and contacts can be a very long struggle. All the sites and charities don’t list many places that isn’t theirs, and most of them are not directly near where you live. Another reason is because, I want to help people concerning benefits, help when sanctioned such as foodbanks and other emergency help, as well as providing a connection and place for people to talk about their problems.

Due to my own experience with mental health, knowing how exhausting it can be hunting for information about services, and charities, especially for those who have mental health and their family members. As it can make you feel as though it is a hard time getting the support you need, where you feel you are not ill enough to get the assistance.

 

I would like to raise some money for a new computer, at the moment I have a very old laptop I am working from, which is 7 years old and very slow and is incapable of doing more than one or two tasks. I would like to use the new computer so I can work from home as a researcher, as well as make website like a hub for resources for mental health problems. In addition to making a safe place where people write about their conditions, get advice, and be in an understanding community.

 

I also want make handmade cards, draw art and pictures for my handmade cards, make podcasts, and maybe YouTube videos with my friend and guests from YouTube and charities and so on. As well as make videos about the history of mental health and how people with mental illness are treated around the world so we can talk about the topic.

 

I hope that once my local mental health team has accessed me, I will be able to get a benefit, which will provide some money to pay a support worker to go places with me, so I am able to travel around.

 

I know it is a lot of money to ask for, and I that I could do this for nothing or very little. On the contrary, this is a long-term project, which I am planning to take further, and move into my own community working in conjunction with those with mental health in the company of love and support.

 

The money will be used to buy an iMac, printer, and software to use to write scripts, make inserts for cards, and for my research on mental health. And to make animations (though not very), to use in videos to make more fun.

 

I also plan to sell cards, and other handmade gifts to raise money for my project, as well as for charities. I will sell some cards on EBay, and the money paid will go to different mental health charities, from all different countries, as well as the UK. When selling on Etsy, the money will go straight into projects, and for papers, information, thesis, academic papers behind pay walls. I would also like to pay the contributors back, as I feel this would be an appropriate thing to do, because I want to be as transparent and thankful as possible.

 

Eventually if this project is successful, I am hoping to use the money I get from cards, and other will be used to rent a place in my area, where people can come and talk, make friends, and find useful support in finding employment. To expand the help on the website, have and training staff in the local job centre or employment agencies as to how to communicate with people with mental health. Be a representative for clients, communicating with other charities in research and making sure people with mental health problems are able to live their lives as best as they can.

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Computer for working at home, and to help people with mental health problems

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Not Just Being a “Neat Freak”

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Not Just Being a “Neat Freak”

Tales of a Hypochondriac

Dillon and I were going through my son’s clothes, Sunday evening. I knew for a fact that there were shirts and pants that were too little, stained, or just needed to be threw out. We did manage to load a garbage bag full of clothes. When we finished, I looked at the bag of clothes and thought, “I don’t really know if I feel comfortable throwing them away, like that. Someone could use the ones that are too little.” It wasn’t just the small clothes, though. I even had a hard time getting rid of the stained clothes.

I realized, then, that I had this one similar thought to someone who would have OCD.

Then, I went here and learned a bit more about this disorder.

Apparently, I have a lot of these obsessives and compulsions.

I always thought OCD was just being overly neat and organized. Now, I know…

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Mental Asylums in the Past

Mental Asylums in the Past

Tales of a Hypochondriac

You learn something new every day, it seems. I’ve lived in the wonderful state of Mississippi my whole life and never knew there once stood a mental asylum forty-five minutes away from where I reside. There is a huge hospital there (just a general university), now, but after hearing about roughly 7,000 bodies being found on the campus over the course of two years, I was kind of shocked.

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I, being a lover of history and old buildings, looked into it. I found that the original structure was completed in 1855 and housed thousands of patients in it’s 80 year run. It was the first Kirkbride Plan-type building in the South. In 1900, it was renamed from “Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum” to “Mississippi State Insane Asylum”. After a series of events, the director decided to move the hospital to a…

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5 Common Mental Disorders Explained

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Mental disorders/illnesses are a range of mental health conditions that affect your mood, thinking, and behaviour. A mental health concern becomes a mental disorder when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. The following are descriptions of some common mental illnesses/disorders.

Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

This is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities or personalities are present in- and alternatively take control of- an individual. The individual also experiences extensive memory loss. Usually a primary personality carries the individual’s given name and is passive, dependent and depressed. When in control each personality may have its own distinct history, self-image and identity. The alters’ characteristics including name, reported age and gender, vocabulary and predominant mood usually contrast with those of the primary identity. The various identities may deny knowledge of one another, be critical of one another or appear…

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Is Peer Pressure a Big Deal?

Is Peer Pressure a Big Deal?

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Peer pressure affects all age groups and is one of the main causes of stress. Until recently, peer pressure was perceived as a childhood problem — a problem adults do not need to cope with anymore. However, recent studies show that the pressure to behave or dress like others, or to enjoy the same things others do, is always present in our lives regardless of how old we are.

One of the reasons why peer pressure is so strong among children is the fear of strangers. Anyone whose speech, appearance or behavior are very different may cause anxiety among his or her peers. Children like to wear similar clothes, they tend to like the same cartoons and dislike the same types of foods because they wanted to be accepted as a part of the group. Peer pressure among children often results in a lack of tolerance and the formation of…

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#119 Anticipation – ‘Anxiety Is Not Always A Bad Thing’ 

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I do enjoy the post anxious phase, and to be clear here, I’m talking about Hollywood anxiety. The kind you get before a presentation or before a big game. The kind which is neither debilitating nor stigmatised, in fact the main character will just sweat a little, grimace, maybe clench a fist… then give the best performance of anything ever, every time.

Exactly like reality.

As I’ve got older*, I realise anticipation and Hollywood anxiety are just par for the course when approaching new situations. It could be that I’m doing my first ever presentation, asking a girl out for the first time, or my personal worst ‘first’: using an ATM machine. Once you’ve done these things a few times the anxiety reduces and the build up before the event in future dissipates. You ultimately just get better at whatever it is. I even adore the feeling after such an…

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Mental disorders made simple for students and others

Mental disorders made simple for students and others

Mind the care training

I often get to take student mental health nurses around in my day to day practice. It’s part of their training to spend time ‘in the field’ so to speak and learn their craft. We don’t just drag them around and let them watch what we do though. We try to help them understand what seems at first to be a very complicated world of diagnoses and disorders, mindsets and medications.

This short video is intended to reassure new students and others that mental disorders don’t need to be complicated. It’s true that we can (and often do) make the world of mental health as complex and convoluted as we like. But there are still some basic principles that can help guide us all through the maze.

This is how I explain the basics of diagnosis and disorder to those students unfortunate enough to cross my path. We should always…

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Hanged if you do & hanged if you don’t: A duty of care myth

Hanged if you do & hanged if you don’t: A duty of care myth

Mind the care training

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Many social care workers are confused about their duty of care. They think that they will be held responsible for the actions, choices and behaviours of the people in their care. This leaves them with the sense that they will be hanged if they do and hanged if they don’t.

The truth is much more straightforward. Follow the principles laid down here in this video and never feel frightened unnecessarily again.

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Should psychiatrists diagnose personality disorder?

Should psychiatrists diagnose personality disorder?

Mind the care training

Personality disorder is a controversial diagnosis. There are no blood tests or physical criteria confirming personality disorder. In fact there’s no real evidence to suggest that personality disorder is a medical condition at all. So why do psychiatrists diagnose personality disorder? More importantly… should they?

Here we consider the roots of personality disorder diagnoses from the Moral defective of a century ago to the 3 personality disorder clusters of today. We look at the way personality disorder is diagnosed through behaviours, emotions and enduring patterns of response to society and we consider the advantages of understanding a person’s personality traits. Knowledge is power.

The more we know the more likely we are to be able to help. But we must be careful. Too often the diagnosis of personality disorder is used as an excuse to write a person off as incurable, hopeless or even undeserving. That’s the legacy we’ve been…

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Understanding and working with anxiety in health and social care

Understanding and working with anxiety in health and social care

Mind the care training

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In this video I discuss the evolutionary roots of anxiety, its purpose as a call to action and the way to manage it in the modern world. Beginning with broad principles of freeze, flight and fight we consider the role of the brain’s primitive limbic system (reprile brain) in anxiety, the Freudian concept of appropriate and inappropriate anxiety and ways to help people to overcome it. We consider the basics of relaxation, of anxiety management and the ‘3 stage test’ to help people regain perspective.

We consider reassurance and the folly of offering reassurances we can’t back up with facts – that just demonstrates us to be untrustworthy or ill-informed, causing the anxious person to reject our attempts to help them altogether.

Finally we consider the role of gradual…

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New handouts

New handouts

Mind the care training

I’m working on a huge set of direct mental health work handouts covering all sorts of topics. They’re based upon the diagrams and other notes I’ve been handwriting for my patients, clients and service-users in my own clinical practice for years.

The finished pack will provide a framework for planning and implementing tailor-made interventions to help each service-user move beyond their particular difficulties. Here are just a coupe of examples to whet your appetites. The entire pack should be available to purchase in a few more weeks.

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