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Having a tough time? Brains are weird

Some of you may be familiar with the campaign launched a little while back by our friends beyondblue, called "Brains can have a mind of their own." And it's true: often our brains do have a mind of their own. Brains are so weird that researchers still don't properly understand how they work, or what happens when they stop working.

 

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This can make it really hard to figure out how to help ourselves when we're feeling down, or stressed, or confused and overwhelmed about something. This confusion comes up a lot on the forums:

 

"I feel like crap all the time but I don't know why. I have good friends and am doing well at school, so why am I miserable?"

 

"Is it normal to not enjoy anything anymore?"

 

"I'm so tired all the time but I can't fall asleep - why?!"

 

"How do I know if I'm gay or just going through a phase?"

 

"I know I'm probably not going to be bitten by a giant radioactive spider and then get eaten by a zombie, but why am I still TERRIFIED of leaving the house in case it happens?"

 

Ok, that last one is a little exaggerated, but anxiety is a very real thing (trust me, like you I've been dealing with it for a looooong time). And it can often be hard to figure out why on earth we're feeling this way ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME.

 

Does everyone else feel like this all the time? Surely they can't? They all seem so normal. What if they find out I'm like this, and that instead of doing normal functional people things, I'm reading a weird post on a weird forum about how weird our feelings are? (How many times can this poster say the word 'weird' in a sentence?!)

 

Brains are weird. Feelings are weird. A lot of the time they just don't make sense, or we feel like we shouldn't be feeling the way we do.

 

It's okay. I promise.

 

If you'd like, we can journey through the weirdness together. Maybe someday we'll figure out how to fix our brains for good, but in the meantime we at ReachOut are here. And we shall do our best at being your superhero:

 

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No human being, however great or powerful, was ever so free as a fish

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(If you want to chat some more about how you're feeling, click here and then press "start a topic")

 

And kudos to @Bee for helping with inspiration for this post Heart

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No human being, however great or powerful, was ever so free as a fish

Re: Having a tough time? Brains are weird

I'm so glad you posted this @lokifish Smiley Happy

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I love this so much @lokifish

The idea of "journeying through the weirdness together" - is such a perfect way to describe what the forums are all about. 

Life is weird, and often hard, brains are bizzare - together we can get through this. Heart

 

 

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Re: Having a tough time? Brains are weird

This post is so great @lokifish. As are you.

// Spiral outward, keep going. //

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This is so empowering @lokifish, thanks for posting it Smiley Happy