Advantages of Being Mentally Ill
1. Mental health services send chocolate to my mailbox on Easter
2. That’s all I’ve got. But free chocolate yay
A list of articles about how to use exposure therapy to overcome fears related to social anxiety disorder.
Found this for a follower who is struggling with social anxiety and thought it might be helpful for others as well, it’s basically a list of little activities you can use to help yourself overcome some common fears held by people with Social Anxiety Disorder or others who have difficulties with social situations. Or they could be used as ideas for you to develop your own activities according to situations that make you anxious.
Q:I am just starting to think that my parents might have been emotionally abusive in some regards and possibly also neglectful. But I'm scared to find out for sure because I still live with them and I have to for at least the next year. I am also autistic and I'm terrified that mean I will be dependent on them for longer. Is it worth my time finding out or could it just make things even worse?
I’m not too sure what you mean by “finding out,” if you mean talking to a counsellor or therapist or some such person then I think it would be a good idea & anything you discuss with them would remain confidential unless you were in physical danger so you could tell your parents you’re seeing them for issues related to your autism.
This blog also has a pretty extensive list of emotionally abusive parental behaviours and lots of information on emotional abuse although as she says not every item on that list is abusive in itself and not every form of emotional abuse is covered on there. And it’d still be worthwhile talking to someone about it because just identifying the fact that you were abused is only the first step of many in processing the experience.
And I don’t know where on the autism spectrum you are or to what extent it effects your functioning but for what it’s worth my abusive parents tried to use my conditions (which were rather debilitating at the time) to convince me I wouldn’t be able to move away from home or be independent, but in fact getting away from them was the most important thing I did in terms of my recovery. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without support from my friends that I ended up living with, but just keep in mind there are options other than continuing to live your parents & it’s perfectly possible for people with autism to live and thrive independently.
Best of luck and feel free to message me again if you want to talk more, I am plenty experienced on the subject of emotional abuse and neglect and glad to discuss it.
Q:You're a beautiful person
No but really I’m a weirdo, I just love that gif/video quite a lot and needed an excuse to use it. Thanks though!