Many positive results have come from micro-dosing on psychedelics such as ketamine, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ecstasy), LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), and mushrooms (containing psilocybin) to treat mental health conditions.
“ Several states and cities in the United States are in the process of legalizing or decriminalizing psilocybin for therapeutic or recreational purposes” — Paul Tullis.
Patients would take around a tenth of the amount it takes to become hallucinogenic with doses carefully managed by a trained psychiatrist. …
The last thing you want to hear when you’re experiencing severe problems with a narcissist is to have compassion for them. Narcissists are known for their lack of empathy and a sense of entitlement so high they’re never entirely satisfied and often hurt those close to them.
As painful as narcissistic abuse is when you’re in it, once you’re out and healing, you get a much clearer picture of what it was that you were dealing with, a child who needed you to parent them. …
One of the first stories I wrote was called three steps to heal from narcissistic abuse; it’s sat in the unlisted column since. I credit time and no contact for the progress I’ve made so far, but there are still a few challenges to overcome before I’ll be in the right healing space to go around making suggestions.
“When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story” — Iyanla Vanzant.
Instead, I’ve shared my experiences, what I’m learning, and brought you along with me as I discover more. It’s been a…
Toxic relationship stories have been the most consistent since I began writing on Medium. Despite a little conflict in the comments, I still get claps for “Narcissist or Borderline” even though I wrote it right at the beginning of April.
Strong and supportive relationships are important for our mental and emotional health. When relationships become difficult and even toxic, they can significantly impact our health and lifestyles.
Narcissism and other personality disorders can affect the way our relationships are handled, and the way we conduct ourselves within such relationships.
Here’s a list of all the stories I’ve written, from the…
Going to family court against a family of five people with a mix of narcissistic traits and co-dependency really opened my eyes to the risks of raising children in a toxic environment.
My first story was about going to court with narcissists and it turns out it's my most popular topic as the following screenshot shows.
I’ve always wanted to write and Medium has been the closest I’ve got to actually writing and publishing something. I absolutely love Medium. It’s done wonders for my mental health and my confidence.
“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn” — Anne Frank.
Something has happened to my staying power though. We went into level 4 lockdown in N.Z a couple of weeks ago and I love lockdowns, so I don’t think it’s that, I’ve just hit a hump you might say.
I think I lost momentum somewhere around researching cold therapy…
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) changes you. Suffering from CPTSD makes you feel like an alien, it’s like you’re living in a whole new world, you can’t relate to anyone, and you have no control over your emotions.
“When all you know is fight or flight, red flags and butterflies all feel the same” — Cindy Cherie.
While lockdowns have taken a toll on most people’s mental health, it’s done the opposite for me. I’ve been forced to face my fears and got some much needed time for myself and my family.
Avoiding people and places with people in them…
Cold therapy is based on the premise that narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a form of complex traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) developed from childhood trauma. Cold therapy draws from the successes of child psychology and in treating trauma.
The ICD-11 classification for diseases already recognizes personality disorders (PD’s) as CPTSD. According to the ICD-11, the only time that a personality disorder is diagnosed instead of CPTSD is when a PD diagnosis might be clinically useful to the client.
“When the diagnostic requirements for both C-PTSD and PD are met, only the C-PTSD diagnosis should be assigned” — Feilding, Mikkelsen, &…
When I say stop defending your abusive family I mean it for both inside and outside victims. If your family is abusive to you, don’t make excuses for them, stand up, and be prepared to distance yourself. If you know someone in your family is abusing others, don’t put yourself in the position of abusing by proxy.
“People who side with your abuser and shift blame on you are no different than your abuser, toxic is toxic, even by proxy” — Unknown.
Abuse by proxy is the use of other people to stalk, threaten, harass, control, or manipulate the victim…
Having a strong intuition doesn’t feel like something you want when you have it. You don’t always want to know what people are trying to say; you wish they could say it out loud, sometimes. Other times you are glad they don’t or can’t.
“My first instinct when I see an animal is to say hello — My first instinct when I see a person is to avoid eye contact and hope it goes away.” — Snarky coworker.
We all have intuition; some are stronger than others. You can tell when someones coping mechanisms have kicked in, so they get…