We Are Not Mentally Ill: Harmful Words and New Alternatives

Hello, my name is Leif E. Greenz and I am not mentally ill. In today’s video, we’re talking all about harmful words and new alternatives to describe mental and emotional differences.

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HEY!! lol, uh somehow part of the video got cut — right where I was explaining why I’ll be contradicting myself on my channel. Basically, I’ll be contradicting myself because I’m an amorphous creature and my opinions change as I learn/grow from my experiences and surroundings. I hope you understand!

This video was difficult to record because there’s so, incredibly much to unpack here. Language changes constantly and connotations adapt alongside it. Today, we’re looking at the etymology of words we use freely, typically without much thought. Words like “disorder,” “crazy,” “insane,” “disabled,” and “diseased.” We’ll ask ourselves whether these words are worth reclaiming or if we should let them go completely.

We’ll also learn about how dominant systems serve as reference points for “mental illness.” We’ll discover that without convention, there is no “mental illness” — there are only individuals.

We’ll discuss people-first or person-first language and a proposed alternative — person language, period. We’ll also take an up-close look at the difference between post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic stress system, as well as examining how the name “borderline personality disorder” relates to social control.

Thanks so much for watching today’s video. Let me know if you come up with new vocabulary to describe yourself in the comments!

xoxo,
Leif E. Greenz

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Toxic People: How to Spot and Remove Them from Your Life

Hi, my name is Leif E. Greenz and I’m constantly surrounded by toxic people. In today’s episode of Toolbox Tuesday, I’ll explain how to spot and remove toxic people from your life.

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This is a long and heavy video! We’ll go over what makes a person toxic, why we’re attracted to toxic people, how to tell if someone is toxic, and how to remove the relationship from your life. I’ll also give a quick primer on trauma and betrayal bonds and explain the difference between a toxic person and an abuser.

Throughout this video, I reference Patrick Carnes and his book, “The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships.” It’s available on Amazon!

Do you have any toxic people in your life? How does their toxicity manifest? What do you plan to do about it? Let me know in the comments.

Toxic people can be difficult to get away from, especially if they’re abusive. I know that my words can’t stop a betrayal bond from happening — in fact, I myself have been in many situations where people try to help and I can’t or won’t listen. That’s how strong these trauma bonds are. So please be gentle with yourself. This is a long, winding, and arduous process. You’re doing great.

I love you all so much. Be sure to subscribe to my channel for twice weekly updates from a professional crazy person!

Thanks for watching my video about how to spot and remove toxic people from your life. I’ll see you on Thursday for a video about mental illness and language.

xo,
Leif E. Greenz

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PTSD Anniversary Effect: 15 Coping Strategies (Toolbox Tuesday)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I’m in the middle of a trauma anniversary. Today, I’m going to share 15 coping strategies for surviving the PTSD anniversary effect.

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As most people with PTSD (and C-PTSD) know, trauma anniversaries can be devastating. There are even two terms for the phenomenon: the anniversary effect and the anniversary reaction. Both refer to what happens when an anniversary day/month/season rolls around and can be broken down into four main symptoms: intrusion, avoidance, arousal, and mood changes. (From the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

In this video, I’ll share some of my personal experiences with trauma anniversary reactions, since I happen to be going through one as I write this. In the second half of the video, I’ll share 15 tips and tricks for surviving your own trauma anniversaries. This is Toolbox Tuesday, after all!

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How do you cope with the PTSD anniversary effect? Let me know down in the comments. If you try out any of these tips, I’d love to hear from you about how it went.

Thanks so much for watching my video! See you Thursday.

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6 New Tricks to Stop a Mental Breakdown (C-PTSD Dissociation)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and welcome to the first episode of my new series, Toolbox Tuesdays!

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Do you suffer from severe dissociative episodes, flashbacks, or general mental breakdowns related to borderline personality disorder (BPD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Today you’ll learn six simple tricks for stopping your breakdowns in their tracks.

These methods include adjusting your body temperature with ice and water, intensely exercising, dying your hair, painting your face, hanging out with animals, and grounding yourself by literally getting on the floor.

These tricks are specifically designed to help folks with BPD and PTSD, but anyone can benefit from them!

The DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) skill I draw from in the first half of this video is called TIP — temperature, intense exercise, and paced breathing. I’ll show you the most effective ways to implement this skill during a severe mental health crisis.

Thanks so much for watching! If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for future videos, leave a comment down below. I would love to hear from you!

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BPD vs. C-PTSD: The Problem with Borderline Personality Disorder

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and in this video, I’ll explain the difference between BPD vs. C-PTSD. I’ll divulge why I reject my BPD diagnosis in favor of C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ll give a brief overview of what BPD is and where it came from, tying it in with the history of Freud’s “hysterical woman.”

Have you been diagnosed as borderline? Have you also experienced prolonged abuse — whether it be emotional, physical, or sexual? If so, this video is for you.

What’s your take on BPD vs. C-PTSD? Let me know down in the comments. If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, I would love to hear from you!

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ARE YOU TOO MUCH? (C-PTSD Relationships)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and a lot of people can’t stand me!

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I’m too much — too loud, too sick, too troublesome to bother with. In this video, I’ll talk about what it means and how it feels to be “too much” for people as a result of C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) or BPD (borderline personality disorder). I’ll share some of my most painful personal experiences, as well as tips for how to set boundaries and develop healthier relationships with people.

You’re not “too much,” okay? You’re just enough. Sexual trauma and BPD symptoms don’t need to get in the way of you maintaining fulfilling relationships. You might just have to make a few tweaks along the way!

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The intro to this video was inspired by a Cymbalta commercial from years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTZvnAF7UsA

Writing About Sexual Trauma: Safety, Prompts, and Tools (PTSD)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz. In this video, I’ll discuss how to write about sexual assault safely and effectively. This video does NOT contain graphic descriptions of assault and should be safe for most survivors to watch.

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In today’s video, I’ll start by discussing two examples of sexual assault in writing and analyze why some approaches work and some don’t. Who can write about sexual assault and why?

Next, I’ll explain how people with PTSD (or C-PTSD) can write about sexual assault without retraumatizing themselves. The writing tricks you’ll hear about in this video include surrealism, repetition, detachment, and metaphor.

If you have any questions or want to share your experiences with writing about rape, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to write back!

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