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Am I going mad? - The Mix

SystemSystem Posts: 8,624 Staff Team
edited March 11 in Articles

imageAm I going mad? - The Mix

Feel like you're going mad? Is everything just too much? The Mix is here to work out what's going on with you.

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  • Ashhy_AshhyAshhy_Ashhy Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    i feel like my friends hate me, because they get mad at everything i say. Is it my fault?
    Choking_On_FlowersMilsyRose
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

    Hey @Ashhy_Ashhy

     

    I’m sorry to hear that you feel your friends hate you because they seem to get mad at everything you say. Unless you are saying something offensive, chances are, how your friends react to what you say is more about them than you. So it may not be entirely your fault!

     

    Miscommunications can happen as well, so there’s also the chance that your friends might be interpreting what you say differently than what you actually mean. That’s no-one’s fault, but if you think it might help, you can try to apologise and re-word what you said and hopefully your friends will understand.

     

    It’s also good to talk about how you feel. Do your friends know that when they react to something you’ve said, that you feel upset? It might help to talk to them about this, though try not to put the blame on them as this may only cause them to further react. You might want to say things like ‘I feel upset when I say something and you react badly to what I say’. If they are good friends, they should be willing to apologise and try to talk through the situation with you. For more information on confronting your friends, feel free to check out this article: https://www.themix.org.uk/sex-and-relationships/friendship/how-to-confront-a-friend-3318.html

     

    However, sometimes, when people who we think are friends react negatively a lot when we talk, it may turn out they aren’t such good friends after all. It may even be that your friends could be jealous https://www.themix.org.uk/sex-and-relationships/friendship/jealous-friends-3406.html or that they are ‘only joking’/ having a bit of banter but in fact, could be bullying: https://www.themix.org.uk/sex-and-relationships/friendship/bored-of-banter-when-banter-turns-to-bullying-31041.html If this is the case for you, then it may be worth spending less time around them and investing more in other friends.

     

    Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to continue reaching out the rest of the community on the discussion boards: https://community.themix.org.uk/ or speaking to our team directly: https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team

     

    Take care <3


  • Choking_On_FlowersChoking_On_Flowers Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    I feel like in going insane, like i keep hiving theese impulsive thoughts to hurt myself or someone else. I keep living throught theese fantasy type things in my head, and its taking over my life. Like one minute in sitting and watching tv, the next minute im thinking about myself commiting arson, and the worst thing is that theese desires are getting stronger and more detailed. Aside from that i cant tell if i want to cry or bash someones head in. Sure when im sad..its painfull but when im numb its even worse, thats when i want to cause harm.
    BubblesGoesBooXxunknownxX
  • FriendlyAreaSpidermnFriendlyAreaSpidermn Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    Hey @Choking_On_Flowers

    I'm sorry that you are getting these impulsive thoughts. If I were you, I would talk to a friend or a family member I trust or maybe even a specialist. Find a way to keep yourself calm and relaxed. You must also try your your hardest to not complete these desires because you could badly injure yourself or another person. I want to say that I am no expert. I am just a person who wants to help others. I truly hope that you find a way to control these thoughts and bring yourself to peace. @Maisy seems like they would know more than me on this topic though, but they did put a link for their community discussion and a link to talk to their team directly in a post above. I hope that you find you inner peace and get to a calm state of mind. I want you to know that their are people who care about you and want to help. I hope this helps you and I will be praying you everyday.

    Take care ❤️
    Mike
  • AngelAngel Posts: 23 Boards Initiate
    hello 
    i know how you feel, i have ASD and i get sensory overload when things get too much for me, does anyone have any advice how i can calm down when i am overloaded?
  • MikeMike Screen addict 🎮 LondonPosts: 2,690 Community Manager
    edited May 2
    Such a lovely comment @FriendlyAreaSpidermn. 10/10 account branding as well.

    Any chance we'll see you webbing around here again? ;)
    All behaviour is a need trying to be met.

    Avatar credit: Jim Cooke
  • MikeMike Screen addict 🎮 LondonPosts: 2,690 Community Manager
    Angel said:
    hello 
    i know how you feel, i have ASD and i get sensory overload when things get too much for me, does anyone have any advice how i can calm down when i am overloaded?
    I hope some people can get back to you here @angel with some experience and advice. :)

    If it's helpful, there's an online community (a bit like ours) called Wrong Planet. It's a support community for autistic folks and they might have some good tips for you: https://wrongplanet.net/forums/
    All behaviour is a need trying to be met.

    Avatar credit: Jim Cooke
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

    Hey @Angel

     

    I’m not diagnosed with ASD but it is something I am interested in.

     

    It might help to figure out what particular sensory difficulties you have. For example, if strong light is difficult for you, then going to places with natural lighting may help or wearing sunglasses if you can’t change the lighting may also help. If you struggle with noisy environments, then using headphones might also help.

     

    If you feel overwhelmed, then it may be good to safely leave the situation (if possible) and go somewhere where you can calm down. This might mean arranging with teachers or parents about possible places you can go to when you feel overwhelmed e.g. if you are at school, maybe there is a designated area that you can go to when you feel overwhelmed or if you are at home, then maybe you can go to a particular area of the house. I don’t know what a sensory overload feels like for you, but I know that when I’ve struggled with anxiety or just not feeling too good, it can help to do some deep breathing exercises and try to challenge any negative thoughts I have, as well as resting and doing things I enjoy like watching a film.

     

    The National Autistic Society has a page dedicated to sensory difficulties that you might want to check out https://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour/sensory-world.aspx  I also agree with @Mike in checking out the wrongplanet forum too.

     

    Hope this helps a bit and that others can help you too <3


  • tryhftghhfhjtytryhftghhfhjty Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    I think I am insane, a few months ago I woke up one night and just walked outside, it was mid winter and it had just rained but I didn't seem to care. I walked around the block with only some pants on and I started whispered things (I don't even remember what they were about). Ever since then whenever I go anywhere at night I always think that I am being followed. I start seeing things that aren't even there and I start panicking. I don't know what to do and I don't want to talk to anybody because I am scared that they will throw me into a insane asylum. Any advice?
    XxunknownxXnobodyspecial77
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

     Hi @tryhftghhfhjty

     

    You aren’t insane. It’s easy to think that when we experience concerning symptoms that we are ‘insane’ but having experienced symptoms or even having a diagnosable mental health condition does not mean that you are insane.

     

    We can’t diagnose you over the internet (and we aren’t professionals anyway) but has there been anything happening in your life recently that might have caused you to experience this, for example, a stressful life event? Sometimes when we experience stress, we may struggle with our mental health. Other times there might not necessarily be a cause. But it’s still important to talk to someone about what you are experiencing. Many mental illness can be treated and managed with a mixture of therapy, medications and life style changes. Unless you are a danger to yourself or others, it’s unlikely that you would be sectioned in a mental health unit. And even if you were sectioned, it’s only in your best interests so that professionals can help diagnose and treat your symptoms so that you can go on to live your life without the symptoms getting in the way.

     

    As the article suggests, try to get enough sleep, exercise, keeping yourself fed and hydrated, avoid drugs and talk to someone you trust. You may then want to talk to your GP too. It can be scary opening up but worth it when you get the help you need.

     

    If you are in the UK, and under 25, you may want to continue reaching out to us for support on our forums https://community.themix.org.uk/ or talk to our team directly https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team for one-to-one support.

     

    Take care <3


  • Anonymous2Anonymous2 Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    You didn't mention what to do if I have been facing the mentioned...signs for considerable time.
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

    Hi @Anonymous2

     

    If you have been experiencing symptoms mentioned in the article (losing interest in things, isolating yourself, experiencing hallucinations, feeling more on edge etc) then you might find it helpful to talk to someone, more so if you have been feeling this way for a while.

     

    You can visit your GP for a referral for mental health services in your area. If you are between the ages of 13-25, you can also contact our team https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team for one-to-one support. Alternatively, you can also get support from SANE http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/

     

    Remember to look after yourself- including exercise, eating healthily and cutting down on unhealthy substances e.g. alcohol.

     

    Take care <3


  • umademedothisumademedothis Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    Hi,
    so maybe you want to edit the link on the "The charity Mind has a list of signs...." because it takes you to a Page not found, and that is quite maddening, for a person who is looking for help, on top of everything one has to deal with.

    Ciao
  • MikeMike Screen addict 🎮 LondonPosts: 2,690 Community Manager
    Thank you for telling us @umademedothis (nice name) - we'll get that fixed ASAP. Appreciate that it's not ideal when you're looking for support and already frustrated with things!

    While we sort that, Bupa have a similar list:

    •     poor concentration
    •     being easily distracted
    •     worrying more
    •     finding it hard to make decisions
    •     feeling less interested in day-to-day activities
    •     low mood
    •     feeling overwhelmed by things
    •     tearfulness
    •     tiredness and lack of energy
    •     sleeping more or less
    •     talking less and avoiding social activities
    •     talking more or talking very fast, jumping between topics and ideas
    •     finding it difficult to control your emotions
    •     drinking more
    •     irritability and short temper
    •     aggression

    It's specific to workplaces, but they're all pretty universal signs you can watch for. :)
    All behaviour is a need trying to be met.

    Avatar credit: Jim Cooke
  • pizzapenguinlordpizzapenguinlord Posts: 1 Literally just got here
    I'm not sure what's real anymore
    XxunknownxX
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

    Hey @pizzapenguinlord

     

    Do you want to talk more about what’s going on for you? What do you mean that you aren’t sure what’s real anymore?

     

    While we aren’t professionals and can’t say for sure what you might be experiencing, being uncertain of reality can be caused by many things. It could be that you are stressed and aren’t getting enough sleep, or that you have taken drugs which have altered your perception of reality. It could be that you are anxious and having a panic attack, and may be experiencing feelings of unreality. Or maybe you are struggling with intrusive thoughts, such as with OCD, and question the reality of your experiences. If accompanied by other symptoms such as hearing voices and seeing things, you may be experiencing psychosis (detachment from reality).

     

    As the article suggests, you might want to talk to someone or seek professional help. It’s also good to make sure that you are looking after yourself- not drinking lots of alcohol or misusing drugs, and getting enough sleep and exercise.

     

    Don’t forget that now you’ve joined our community you can also post in the discussion boards https://community.themix.org.uk/ and access one-to-one support from our team https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team

     

    Whatever is going on for you, you are not alone in feeling this way. And we are here to help you. <3 
  • nobodyspecial77nobodyspecial77 Posts: 2 Literally just got here
    edited August 13
    Content Warning - Self harm

    Am i going insane? i also have started to eat less and i also started isolating myself from my family and friends
  • nobodyspecial77nobodyspecial77 Posts: 2 Literally just got here


    I think I am insane, a few months ago I woke up one night and just walked outside, it was mid winter and it had just rained but I didn't seem to care. I walked around the block with only some pants on and I started whispered things (I don't even remember what they were about). Ever since then whenever I go anywhere at night I always think that I am being followed. I start seeing things that aren't even there and I start panicking. I don't know what to do and I don't want to talk to anybody because I am scared that they will throw me into a insane asylum. Any advice?



    I have isolated myself of emotions so i don't know who's case is worse.
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 282 Moderator

    Hey there,

     

    It sounds like you may be struggling emotionally if you are eating less and isolating yourself from friends, family, even your own emotions. These can be symptoms of mental health difficulties such as depression (though we aren’t professionals so can’t say for sure).

     

    You might find it helpful to read our understanding depression article: https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/depression-mental-health/understanding-depression-5647.html and to check your mood with the NHS mood self-assessment https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/

     

    Feeling low can be common and it can make you feel like you don’t have much appetite and don’t want to socialise. But it’s still important to look after yourself, even if you don’t feel like it. Try reaching out to friends and family and let them know how you have been feeling or contact your doctor. You can also contact SANE http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/ for emotional support too.

     

    Since you’re now a member of The Mix, you can access support from our discussion boards: https://community.themix.org.uk/ or contact our team directly https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team for one-to-one support.

     

    Take care <3


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