Managers, Firefighters, Exiles, and the Self

The last time I saw my therapist, I was talking to her about fragmentation, how there are fragments of myself, subpersonalities that aren't integrated, and she suggested this article about addiction and the Internal Family System. A recent and widespread subpersonality method is Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS therapy), developed by Richard C. Schwartz. He … Continue reading Managers, Firefighters, Exiles, and the Self

A comprehensive understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Signs and symptoms Bipolar Disorder is a condition in which people experience abnormally elevated (manic or hypomanic) and, in many cases, abnormally depressed states for periods in a way that interferes with functioning. Not everyone's symptoms are the same, and there is no simple physiological test to co.nfirm the disorder. Bipolar Disorder can appear to … Continue reading A comprehensive understanding of Bipolar Disorder

🔃 Reblog: The Matrix, Simulated Reality, and Derealization

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By now, I’m sure you have seen the 1999 blockbuster hit, The Matrix. If you somehow haven’t yet watched this film, chances are you’ve heard of it or seen it parodied. In the last twenty years The Matrix has been the origin of thousands of pop culture references, memes, many video games, and the inspiration for other stories, including the film’s two sequels and The Animatrix (which I highly recommend). If you have not seen it, and are not planning to watch it, I would still recommend you go and watch it before reading this. Until then, you have been warned: spoilers ahead.

This is not going to be a review of the movie itself. Enough people have already done that, and I am not (publicly) a film critic. Instead, I am going to use the concepts presented in it to attempt to explain derealization aspect of dissociation…

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Futility and depression are synonymous

https://youtu.be/GGorABGw418 Quotes from the video from Teal Swan "You refuse to cut your losses." [Wow. This might be the best description of depression I've ever seen.] "Whatever you resist, persists." "You're committed to a dead end." "Why would I scream if there's no one near to hear me?" "Basically you're aware that these little things … Continue reading Futility and depression are synonymous

The Biologic Basis of Bipolar Disorder

"Although it has taken years to be certain, because not all studies have shown the same results, there is now fairly good agreement that the frontal cortex (which is associated with decision-making and controlling impulsive behavior) shrinks in size when bipolar disorder is allowed to progress. This is basically the same result which has been … Continue reading The Biologic Basis of Bipolar Disorder