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ZIEN: Matilda maakt tekeningen over haar psychische problemen

Ze wil zo het taboe doorbreken.

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De Zweedse Matilda post op haar Instagramaccount crazyheadcomics cartoons over de psychische problemen waar ze mee worstelt. Met deze tekeningen wil ze het taboe dat daar helaas nog rond hangt doorbreken.

Matilda maakt tekeningen over depressie, eet-, bipolaire en angststoornissen, ADHD enzovoort. Ze worstelt zelf enorm met zichzelf en wil aan de hand van haar illustraties deze mentale gezondheidsproblemen bespreekbaar maken en het taboe dat er helaas nog steeds rond hangt doorbreken.

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i need to be more forgiving towards myself. most of us do, i think. i’ve been trying to speak to myself as i would to a friend lately, and it’s been good so far, a little awkward and silly-feeling, but worth it. question your thoughts, especially when they’re really negative. ask yourself “would i say this to my best friend ?” and if the answer is no, apologize to yourself and try to think a more positive thought to counteract the bad one. it’s a long progress to learn positive self talk, but i’m working on it. ☺️ • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #arfid #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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the ADHD struggle is real. this scenario happens to me ALL THE TIME (alongside with walking into rooms and immediately forgetting why you entered it in the first place.) if my head wasn’t attached to me i’d misplace it somewhere. i have been trying to give all my things a specific, designated space !! but then i forget where the designated space is located 😂 do you have any tips for staying organized and focused ?? if so, share them with me and we can make all our lives easier 🐸 • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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these are some situations that i experienced when i had social anxiety and absolutely detested.. social anxiety really takes away your ability to function socially, and is so detrimental to your relationship with other human beings. it makes it hard to connect with others, to voice your opinion, to freely move in a social world. if you have/have had social anxiety, do you relate to this ? what are some challenges you face in your day to day life ? • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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i am so fortunate to be surrounded by lovely, supportive friends and family – yet mental illness creates a feeling of crushing loneliness at times. the human mind can be a lonely place, and knowing that i am alone in my consciousness can bring me such existential dread. it can make me feel guilty because i know that i’m not alone, and i think of the people who are truly alone in every sense of the word. those who don’t have friends or loved ones. my own feeling of loneliness feels insulting to those who have nobody. yet i cannot help feeling lonely at times. i feel like that’s a part of mental illness, the loneliness. the isolation it can create. i just try my best to remember that there are people i my life, even though in my brain, i am alone. because i am grateful that my feeling of loneliness is only a trick my sick brain plays on me. when i feel lonely i reach out to someone near to me, to affirm that i do have people. do any of you feel this way too ? how do you cope with feelings of loneliness ? • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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a bit of a jokey one 👀 i have had people tell me this time and time again. “you don’t seem like you have anxiety.” i would never had guessed you’re bipolar !” etc etc, and it’s always meant in a kind way, i know that, and i don’t take offense. but it’s like.. i don’t know, it’s a weird thing to hear, sometimes. because in one way, i appreciate being told that i seem happy or put together, because i do make an effort to be positive and i don’t like to show my symptoms around people i don’t know extremely well. i usually save all my woes for therapy, and i don’t want to burden people with all my mental stuff. but in another way, it’s like, mental illness doesn’t have a look. how does one “seem” mentally ill ? what does a bipolar person “seem like” ? mental illness looks different for everyone and most mentally ill people i know are just normal people, doing their thing. we’re just people, you know ? you wouldn’t know from looking at them, as i would argue is the case for so many illnesses, both mental and physical. just because you don’t see someone during their worst doesn’t mean that they don’t have those moments. i still haven’t figured out how to answer that statement, “you don’t seem mentally ill”. do i say thank you ?? do i start a whole-ass conversation about how mental illness is displayed in a multitude of ways among different people ?? do i just smile and nod ?? no clue, guys. i don’t know where i’m going with this but my therapist and i were talking about this today, so that’s why i’m rambling, haha. just some thoughts 🧠 • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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it's eating disorder awareness week ! these are things you should avoid saying to someone who struggles with an eating disorder. as a rule of thumb, don't talk about diets, weight, or food in a triggering way around people with an ED. avoid commenting on their food choices or their body. instead of saying these things, you could ask if there's something you could help them with. tell them you're there for them, and gently encourage them/remind them to keep up with good eating habits. don't push, and be patient. listen to them, support them, and for the love of god, no complaining about your own body in front of someone with an eating disorder !! also, telling someone in recovery that they look "healthy now" can actually be really triggering for someone struggling with an ED. better yet, ask the person if there are things they wish you didn't say to/about them. everybody is different, their ED, their recovery, it's all individual. support your friends with eating disorders, let them know you love and care about them. also, do you have any ED related art requests for me to bring up this week, let me know down below !! #eatingdisorderawareness • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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despite the humorous nature of this drawing, (sometimes i just can’t stop the urge to draw a meme haha) body dysmorphic disorder is a devastating illness. it makes the sufferer fixate on one or more perceived flaw in their appearance, a flaw that is minor or non-observable to others. it makes you intensely obsess on your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking in the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. the perceived flaw and the repetitive behavior cause significant distress and impacts your day to day function. the people with this disorder are seeing themselves through a fun house mirror, believing themselves to be ugly or even deformed. this “flaw” could be anything on your body, the most common ones being the face, hair, skin, breast size, muscle size, and genitalia. body dysmorphic disorder often goes hand in hand with eating disorders, but can occur in those without as well. both men and women are affected, and the onset age typically starts in the early teenage years. in terms of treatments, CBT, medication, and sometimes hospitalization, can be applied. do you have experience with BDD, any tips for other sufferers, or anything about BDD, feel free to discuss in the comments x • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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not all disabilities are visible !! millions of people are living their lives with disabilities that cannot always be seen from the outside. when i was fourteen i was diagnosed with a learning disability called dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent to dyslexia. i struggled immensely in school and many teachers i had either didn’t believe that dyscalculia was a real thing, or they thought i dramatized my symptoms and that i wasn’t trying hard enough. it made me feel like a failure, and to this day i struggle with feeling intellectually inferior to pretty much everyone i encounter. not having people validate your issues and not being believed really made my confidence suffer. years later i found myself in a depressive episode and i had to ask for sick leave off work for my bipolar disorder, and i was met with that same disbelief. “how bad is it?” my coworker asked, “you really can’t come in this week?” “that’s too bad, you look normal, you seem fine. but okay, if you say so.” it’s exhausting feeling like you have to somehow PROVE that you have a disability just because some people are misinformed, and always associate disability with wheelchairs, crutches, service animals, hearing aids, etc. you cannot tell what someone’s health is like just by looking at them. so be open minded and stop assuming things about people you don’t know !! not all disabilities are visible. 🎗🎗🎗 • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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i’ve tried a lot of different remedies and strategies to make life with mental illness easier. so oftentimes when i get a suggestion for a treatment, i’ve usually already tried it. that’s not to say that i don’t feel grateful to have someone support me and suggest me a solution, but sometimes i’d rather just have someone who’ll listen. sometimes a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on is better than advice. as my own rule of thumb, therapy is for mental health advice, and my personal relationships are for emotional support, and that’s how i differentiate my needs. be there to listen when a loved one needs to vent, and don’t feel like you have to find a solution to other people’s problems. that can be a lot of pressure and it can be hard to come with great advice, so it’s okay to just listen and be there 💌 • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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i used to be painfully self-conscious, i’d be out and about in public just worrying whether strangers found me grotesque-looking. it was bad, guys. i’d compare myself to every girl i saw and think “fuck. why the hell are all these strangers so attractive compared to me ?” until one day, i was sitting on a nearly empty train and a girl sits down nearby. she is looking at me and i’m starting to get really self-conscious and nervous because guys, she looked like an actual supermodel. truly one of those “do i want to be you or be WITH you”-type people. anyway, i hesitantly meet eyes with her and she says “oh gosh, i didn’t mean to be rude, i was just looking at you because you look beautiful.” and next station she got off. (this sounds like the beginning of a humblebrag but i promise there’s a point to this haha) at first, self-hatred automatically kicked in i was like “what the hell does she mean, she looks flawless and she just called me beautiful. i look like a troll compared to her”, but then IT CLICKED. what a pointless thing, comparing yourself to other people. we don’t judge other people the same way we judge ourselves. like, when was the last time you looked at someone and thought they looked ugly or disgusting? you probably don’t do that a lot (i hope lol) ! looks are subjective and we are truly our worst critics. after this experience i realized what a disservice i was doing to myself, comparing myself to others. i started to put my trust into the people telling me that i looked fine, and stopped putting trust in the mirror. i realized that my self perception has been warped by years of mental illness and societal pressure and low self-confidence. fuck that shit, i’d rather trust that other people think i look fine, than to keep wrestling with my own doubt. • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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many mental (and even physical!) illnesses can’t be seen from just looking at a person. i’ve gotten “you don’t look/seem ill”, many times. often it’s because i’m wearing a full face of makeup or ‘nice’ clothes, or because i’m smiley and silly. a lot of people picture a mentally ill person as someone who looks tired, unhygienic, disheveled, ‘crazy’, erratic, or odd. what many don’t realize is that mentally ill people look all kinds of ways. and we’re all kinds of people! we’re caretakers, business men, cheerleaders, artists, parents, teachers, academics, scientists, creators – the list goes on. and just because someone looks presentable, it doesn’t mean they have it all together, all the time. • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #artist #youdontlooksick

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i can’t count the number of times my anxious brain makes me believe that i’m faking my mental illness for pity and attention, but that’s impostor syndrome for you. i am oftentimes reminded that yes, i’m mentally ill and it’s real, but it’s still hard to accept the fact that i’m ill. but i’m definitely not faking it, if anything – i fake being well, and healthy. if you have a chronic illness, you become a chameleon. you don’t want to bring other people down, you don’t want to be seen as “always sick” and “always tired”, “always in pain”, so you play pretend sometimes. we all do it i think, put on our brave face and power through life. is it dishonest ? maybe, but i think the occasional white lie is okay. “fake it till you make it” doesn’t always work, but in my experience it sometimes will x • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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