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What does having mental health struggles mean to u?

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calypso

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Voices, feeling severely depressed at times (although Ok right now), being alone in experiencing them despite having a support network around me, feeling 'high' at times and unstable as a result, feeling like I am a failure and weak as a person.
 
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Constantly trying to distract myself.
Feeling I've no-one to talk to who can understand my problems.
Having no plan for a crisis but feeling like I'm heading there anyway.
 
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Constantly trying to distract myself.
Feeling I've no-one to talk to who can understand my problems.
Having no plan for a crisis but feeling like I'm heading there anyway.
I feel the same. Like I can’t talk to people and that they won’t understand me. I understand
 
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Means I get to sit on my arse playing video games all day, could be worse.
 
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@linus, Ha, I'm fifty mate, in my defence I don't just play video games - I meditate a lot and study eastern philosophy as well.
 
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i cant handle life like everyone else i stop others deal with shit but carry on moving forward i did deal with bs and carried on but eventually catches up to you
 
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@linus, Ha, I'm fifty mate, in my defence I don't just play video games - I meditate a lot and study eastern philosophy as well.
I'm currently reading a children's book about the Buddha. I haven't encountered any miracles thus far, which makes the story more authentic than the New Testament. Of course, Buddha's enlightenment can be interpreted as mania by the scientifically inclined.
 
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@Skynet, I don't see how a state of perfect peace could be interpreted as mania, I've seen my ex-girlfriend when she's manic and she doesn't seem very peaceful, mind you I have had a minor insight into how joy and pain are the same thing, both are tainted by the three marks of existence.
 
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@Skynet, I don't see how a state of perfect peace could be interpreted as mania, I've seen my ex-girlfriend when she's manic and she doesn't seem very peaceful, mind you I have had a minor insight into how joy and pain are the same thing, both are tainted by the three marks of existence.
Well, I have been manic several times in the past, and it comes with a blissful feeling and an ability to think clearly. Also, meditation is known to increase dopamine levels in the brain and mania involves a flood of dopamine. Thus I reasoned...

Of course, being an atheist I reject any supernatural explanation of enlightenment.
 
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@Skynet, don't mistake bliss for peace, I've experienced bliss in mediation and on LSd for enlightenment, they are not the same as the peace of mindful non attachment to one's own thoughts and feelings, I've had states of bliss in meditation that have lasted for days after the meditation has finished and thought I must be enlightened, reason is a function of the dualistic, logical mind that isin itself the cause of suffering, Dharma can only be understood by the intuitively aware part of the mind. As for supernatural explanations of enlightenment well the enlightened mind is the true, inherently natural state of mind so is not supernatural. Not to say that reason won't help you get there, it's just not the whole thing, Tibetan analytical meditaion uses reason and analysis to provoke an intuitive feeling that is then meditated on using single pointed meditation.
 
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