Well Mannered Children

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Can I tell you a thing?

Hey Tumblr,

We don’t really talk, and that’s ok. But something happened over the Easter weekend that was really upsetting. I know it’s upsetting because it’s been brought up twice now and I’ve struggled to talk about it both times, and I’ve either felt like crying or panicky when I think about it.

Now two things you need to know first. One: I don’t get along with my mother. Not in a toxic way. We’re just very different personality types and while she loves me very dearly, she doesn’t like me very much. She tries hard to like me. But she finds me threatening and difficult to handle and I get frustrated because I’m an impatient and sometimes irrational person. Two: I’m mentally ill. I take a mood stabilizer twice a day and it takes the edge off the ups and downs. It took me a really long time to come to terms with the fact that that was probably one of the best courses of action for me.

We got into a fight over the weekend. I’d rather not go into the full details of how it started. But the abridged version is that my sister and I were having a conversation about how mental illness is viewed and treated by non mentally ill people, my mother inserted herself into the conversation with a “some people shouldn’t get a choice in whether they’re medicated or not” comment. At which point I got agitated and upset. An argument ensued.

This is pretty common if my mother and I have to be in the same place for over two hours. The real kicker this time is that somewhere between me trying to calm her down, explain why what she said wasn’t ok, and calm myself down she said “I can’t accept that I have a mentally ill daughter. Why can’t you just be normal?”. This was later dialed back to “I’m struggling to accept that you’re mentally ill”. After a lot of conversation.

I do not think I’m asking for sympathy or advice. I don’t love her any less. But it feels poisonous and I don’t know how to pull it out from under my skin.

Because it burns when I think about it.

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manamana6672:

missespeon:

outofcontextarthur:

can we talk about how this fucking pbs show aimed at little kids easily talked about how anxiety is stressful but normal

Ok no but can we talk about this entire episode? 

It was called April 9th, and it was actually a response to the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t talk about the attacks themselves, but rather focused on teaching kids to deal with the all of the emotions that they might be feeling as a result. They set up a situation that might evoke similar emotions in children: a massive fire at the school.

Arthur’s dad was in the fire, so (as you can see above), Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.

Sue Ellen is grieving because her journal, which contained a huge amount of precious memories, was destroyed in the fire. Muffy is confused why she can’t just cheer Sue Ellen up by giving her a new journal.

Buster wasn’t at school that day, and feels confused and guilty that he isn’t sad about the fire like the other kids. He then befriends the school janitor, who has to retire due to an injury that, at his age, is pretty serious.

Binky actually saw the flames, and is constantly traumatized by the event. He doesn’t tell anyone because he feels like he would lose his tough-guy reputation if he admitted that he was scared.

The episode teaches kids that all of these emotions are perfectly normal and natural, that there’s not one right way to feel, and that even if it takes a while, things are going to be okay.

The thing that makes this show so great, in my opinion, is that it knows that kids are intellegent and strong enough to deal with these things if you present them in the right way. It doesn’t hide them, it doesn’t sugar coat them, it just presents them in a way that children can understand and shows them how to deal with them.

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martinthesassygaylibrarian:

avenged-wholockian:

the-jackals:

msmeiriona:

HEY FOLLOWERS:

HAVE YOU EATEN RECENTLY?

ARE YOU HYDRATED?

IS THERE MEDICATION YOU NEED TO TAKE?

HAVE YOU LAUGHED TODAY?

FRIENDLY REMINDER BECAUSE I KNOW I NEED THEM EVERY SO OFTEN.

ALSO HERE HAVE A KITTEN:

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YOU I ACTUALLY FORGOT TO TAKE MY MEDS TODAY

this is the third time this post has reminded me to take my meds

we’re all gonna die

dude i haven’t had any water today or taken my meds thank you for this post

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