WE ALL HAVE DEMONS: HOW OUR ENTIRE SOCIETY IS GOING THROUGH MENTAL STRESS

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“A planet of hurt.”


in a world of hurt

Studies have recently came out and found that people are far more depressed in today’s society than ever before. Now, a lot of signs have pointed to the consuming aspect of social media. The idea that no matter how well you’re doing, someone somewhere is doing better than you. And if you are constantly comparing yourself to people on social media, then yes, you will be mentally hurt. And that is why the state of our mental health has been in such a low place recently. But what is even more sinister is the idea that people have become to infatuated with making other people lose everything they have ever worked for because we are so unhappy. Whoever thought that we would be so unhappy that someone else getting ripped makes us feel good.

whose to really blame

If the state of our mental health is so low, then who should be held responsible? the answer to that question is us. We are to held liable for our own hurt not some internet portal. We shouldn’t see Instagram or Facebook taken away because content makes people unhappy. Because people always have a way of turning it off. There are close to 1 billion people on Facebook, but 7 billion people in the world. That means you are on it because of choice. We seem to look for places to get us angry when it really is as easy as unfollow. The things that makes us unhappy we can detach quicker than we know. Reality is, we are addicted ti the anger. It almost gives us a sense of belonging in a world where no one sees us.

nothing new but the weather

A lot of our issues we have always had as a society, it’s just that we have not never had an outlet like today to express ourselves. So now we just pour all of our emotions out for the world to see and hear. And what it has done was expose what was already there, yet not everyone could see. And that is that we have, a serious metal health problem in our world. Now, like I said before, we have to fix our own problems, but it’s hard to fix the problem if people won’t even admit they have a problem to start.


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SOCIAL SANITY: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS EFFECTING OUR MENTAL HEALTH

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“Too much time is not good.”


constant content

I wake up in the morning and check my Instagram first thing before turning on the television. The problem with that, is that people should get up and move around a little bit. If we are glued to our social media that early in the morning, it can have an impact on how we think. And in return can lead to some serious psychological problems. This is when you realize that social media can lead to mental health issues that stats have already concluded. But this is a medium that is here to stay and not going anywhere anytime soon. Not only is it not going away, but it will most likely grow to scale to be even bigger. Which means there will be even more problems in the world leading to an entire generation with mental illnesses.

whe were better when we didn’t know

There was a time when people didn’t know about the lifestyles of others. We got up, went to our jobs and came home to our families. You suspected people lived a certain way, but that was it. Now that there is a medium for people to post their lives, it is not only for public viewing. You also get a chance to see where you stand relative to someone else’s life. And no matter what you have someone somewhere has more. This has brought about a nation of depression and conspiracies. And yet, it is so easy to just unfollow, which is to a great extent why it’s so easy to not blame in a way social media. When I say blame, I am not saying them, I am saying a direct effect from the usage. We just were better off at times when we didn’t know, nor could we figure out.

why we tune in

Remember people, social media is all around us, but we have the option to tune out. We don’t have to follow things that make us uncomfortable. We do so because in today’s society we are addicted to the rage. We need something to be angry about and you can always depend on a story on the internet getting you revved-up. We nee something that will give us am escape away from our lives by looking at others lives with reverence. Sad part is that most people lives are fine, but when we compare we lose the satisfaction of how far we have come.


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HATING MY LIKENESS: HOW TO COPE WITH NOT LOVING YOURSELF

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“Self hate is real.”


i am hurting

You ever look in the mirror and the reflection is what you can’t stand to see. But it is the human that is staring back at you that hurts to see. You are struggling to cope with your existence that is you on the planet. And how do you fix not liking yourself and wanting to be something else? You are smart, attractive, successful, but something is missing. Can it potentially be love? Well, some people have love for others and the utmost compassion, but they are hurting. What is the underlying problem that is wrong with you? I not only have I been there, but I still struggle in my mind being this person some times where I wish I didn’t turn on the lights in the bathroom.

mental madness

Let me give you an insight into my mental craziness. I was born in the year 1987 and coming up on 32 years of age. And my mind has been this weird field of up and down chaos. I have spent so much of my life depressed and shying from people. It was due to being poor and physically not feeling like I measured up to standards. Here I am 32 years of age trying to reclaim a life I never lived. Growing up in a household with my sisters and mother, not having a man to build your identity, the flower blooms in certain ways. For me it meant not shedding a tear for everything and trying to find my way in a world where no one fully understands you because there is a gender gap in the house. So you question yourself: mentally, socially, sexually, and physically. Luckily for me, I know why I hated what I looked at. Some people will never make it to that point.

reinvention

Here is the great part about living in New York City. I can recreate myself at any point in time. That really aids in you trying to break out of the funk that you are in. Now, that doesn’t mean everyone in New York is happy. What it means is for someone like me, I can continue to move forward because everyday I walk outside I am dealing with multitudes of people who know nothing about me. I can always focus on me and what I need to do in life.


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HURT AND PAIN: WHEN GOING THROUGH DEPRESSION

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“It never last long.”


sunken place

Sometimes I find myself in place mentally that is hard to escape. And that place is know as depression. In my life, I have learned to cope with the feeling of depression, but for some reason it never goes away. I manage it better now, but it was much worse in the past. Where does it come from? How does one become depressed? And I don’t know, nor can I tell you how it came about. But I will say, that I am one of millions of Americans that battle with this issue. Luckily for me, I have a coping mechanism that aid me in getting over feeling down.

is it born or brought on

People say you can become depressed in life, but are there traits that you have that you are born with in life. Things that make you who you are, that never leave. Are we predisposed to being depressed? There are a lot of people who believe this to be true. Now me on the other hand, there are things in your family, but for me it was more so quality of life. I was depressed from childhood all the way through my 20’s. I am 31 years old and just now able to begin to have the happiness I wanted early on. And that is what depression does, it alters your entire existence and you have delayed progress.

running from the problem

Where is the problem you’re going through stemming from? many of us have unresolved issues in our lives that we never worked out. My issue was identity because a lack of male in my life, self-conscious about appearance, and growing up poor.How do you begin to work your problems? Sure there is ways to go about it by seeking medical treatment. But at times, you have to move past the treatment and be able to ask yourself questions when not able to seek treatment. So know why you have the issue, and that could potentially make treatment easier.


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FEAR OF LOSING IT ALL: WHY MENTAL LOSS FREAKS PEOPLE OUT

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“I need my mind.”


when it goes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lose your mind? Or better yet, what are your fears associated with losing the ability to rationalize in society? People have a lot of fears, dying is one of them. But a major fear that is ranked high would have to be losing the memory or logic. Lose of memory or the ability to function because of an incurable brain disease is tragic and scary. Especially if you are someone who operates in the space that is artistic like myself. Why are the fears so strong even though very few people will fall under the category of strong brain dysfunction?

the good times are gone

Growing up, we often go into this nostalgic space that makes us look at how far we have come thus far. And when you get to a certain stage in your life, sometimes that can vanish, and it leaves us often depressed. Imagine having a vibrant life that you don’t even remember because your thoughts are no longer available to you. This takes place with people who suffer form dementia and Alzheimer disease. We still have no clue what leads to someone attaining this sickness, but it eats the brain slowly. Eventually you lose total function of your body and pass away.

you become the kid

When raising children, they need and depend on you. But what happens when the kid is the parent and the parent is the child? This is where the elderly start to become enraged because they are used to being the leader. But when the mind goes, this take son a whole other dynamic. Because now the person need you to think for them. And humans are not monolithic creatures. What is good for you has been your decision. Now the person you chose life to be good for, is making your decisions for what is good for you.


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THOUGHTS LEAD TO ACTION: WHAT THOUGHTS TRULY MANIFEST INTO REALITY

 

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“What I think tends to happen.”


our thoughts

We have these thoughts on a daily that creep into our minds. And it can haunt us because often these thoughts translate into actions. That is the quote that exist; your thoughts become actions. But why do your thoughts become actions? I think a lot of things in my life, some good and some bad. But only very few stick in mind. Because I might be afraid to fly, but still fly. I might see myself as bird with flight like capabilities. But the only things that manifest is when I feel I can’t accomplish my goals. What is it about those particular thoughts that stick out the most?

real thoughts matter

The thoughts that stick in our minds and become actions are the thoughts where success in life is involved. When we see ourselves as a bird that can fly, it means nothing because humans don’t have flight capabilities. Yet when we see ourselves never succeeding our career, then the thoughts manifest itself. One of the reasons is that the things such as flight like a bird are a disbelief. No matter how many times I say I can’t flight, doesn’t matter, no human can. Succeeding in your career is a must to coexist in society. So it becomes a necessity. Anything that is need based becomes frozen in the mind. Another reason for people manifesting the success versus failure thoughts over others because it speaks to a want. I don’t want to swim across the Pacific Ocean from California to China. But on the other hand, I want to learn how to swim. Appealing to my want and not thinking I can, will keep me from ever learning to swim.

suspension of disbelief

Remember what I said earlier about flying like a bird. Scrape that, you can fly like a bird. I know it sounds crazy to discredit all of what I had just said. But there is a context to my speech. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish you have to remove reality to some degree. We had to think about flying like birds to create aviation. Because no human flies, we have to look at the closest thing that mirrors our creations. So in order to accomplish something that is a feat no human can physically do, but a machine can, your thoughts really have to be aligned properly. Because now, you are thinking outside the box and defying logic to accomplish a task. So protect your mental state because it can really alter your perception of the world around you and ultimately negatively effecting your directed path in life.


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HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE: INTO THE MIND OF THE BROKEN

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“Thee broken hearted.”


WHO ARE THEY

Those who are the broken hearted people in our society come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of them grew up with hurt and pain in their lives while others came across it later on. They have dealt with so much hurt that now they have put the shoe on the other foot. Yet when they decide to hurt people, they hurt those who are innocent. I guess to them they feel if it can happen to me, and nothing is done, why not anyone else.

INTO THE LINE OF FIRE

You see someone you’re interested in getting to know, yet little do you know, they are broken. You want to either be their friend or partner in a relationship, but they have been upset by others over and over again. Now you are about to be their first victim. You’re a good person, but damn, how did you all of a sudden become their target. Everyone else ran away, but you literally walked straight into their cross hairs. Now, you’re about to feel the full grunt of years of abuse. Strap in and prepare for lift-off.

GOING DEEPER

I remember watching a movie by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan entitled, “Split.” The movie is about a man with split personalities who kidnaps three young females. Everyday, the girls come in contact with a different personality, until he kills three and leaves one alive. He was about to kill the third, but once he saw her deep cuts on the wrist, he stated, “The broken ones are always the purest.” The girl had sliced her wrist, a sign of some internalized pain. Turns out she had been molested by her uncle for years, who now has custody over her. The broken people’s hurt runs so deep, it can go back until childhood and last forever.

IN THEIR WAKE LIES CARNAGE

Problem with those who have been hurt is that they generally hurt others. Those people at times are so hurt that they hurt others, and the chain reaction leads to a society of damaged people. We never get into the minds of the hurt, the broken, the damaged. Because if you could see deep within them, they hurt, they cut their wrist, all because they want to turn people away from them. Hurt others and themselves so they don’t appear attractive so they can have an excuse to remain aloof. Yet what they really want is someone who truly loves, truly cares, sometimes, someone who is just as broke as them who understands why they hurt.


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