Episode Five: What is PTSD?

Trigger Warning: This episode mentions suicide and rape.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been struggling with depression and mental illness. I honestly thought it was normal for everyone to want to die all the time, because it seemed to me like everyone in my life was unhappy. It wasn’t until I got out into the real world that I truly started to understand just how insane my life was.

Around the age of 23 I was diagnosed with PTSD, among other things. It was here that I started realizing how much of my daily life was being effected by trauma I had gone through. It was here that my healing journey began.

In this episode of The Gift of Dysfunction I’m going to explain a little bit more about the trauma I went through, as well as what exactly PTSD is. This was not an easy episode for me to record so I do apologize if I’m all over the place. Regardless, give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Episode 4: What are the 5 Love Languages?

I know, Valentine’s day is all about couples, right? For those single people out there it’s got to get annoying quickly! So even though this episode is coming out on Valentine’s Day I didn’t want today’s episode to be only about couples, though I do touch on the subject a little bit. I know that I don’t just have couples listening to my podcast and I want to make sure that everyone can relate to every episode, at least in some way.

So what subject did I pick to unite us all together? The 5 Love languages! I know, that sounds like a couples only topic, but it’s really not. You may not realize it but use your love language every day to communicate self love, your friends, co-workers, family, and even strangers. In today’s episode I’m going to explain how knowing your love language will help you show love to yourself in a deeper way.

Sources:

https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Episode Three: What are antidepressants?

So you may or may not have noticed but I haven’t really posted anything on here in almost three weeks… That’s because I’ve been allowing myself to adjust to this new medication my doctor has put me on. Going from no medication at all to trying one or two new ones can knock you on your butt for a few weeks, but it’s worth it in the long run! Last week’s episode of The Gift of Dysfunction goes into why that is and what exactly antidepressants are.

Episode Two: What is Autophobia?

On today’s episode of The Gift of Dysfunction I talk about a phobia that I’ve struggled with for a long time, autophobia, the fear of being alone. This anxiety disorder is the irrational fear of being alone, unloved, and or unwanted.

I started showing symptoms of this phobia as a teenager, never wanting to fully be alone and clinging to my boyfriend as much as possible. As I got older this lead me into abusive relationships, bad situations, and someone being a workaholic. Through a lot of hard work I’ve gotten a hundred times better than I used to be, but I still have a ways to go before I’m done with this phobia for good.

If you think you might, or know someone who might, have autophobia please encourage them or yourself to speak to a therapist and get help today!

Episode one: What is Dysfunction Anyway?

Skip all of the reading and click here to dive in.

I’m so excited about this episode. Not only am I discussing one of my favorite topics, but this is the first stepping stone for a successful podcast. It can’t be a success if I never publish an episode, right? New year, new podcast!

This episode is all about what Executive Dysfunction is and how it can change your life. I explain what Executive Function is, as well as give a few examples so you can tell if Dysfunction is affecting your life. I also tell you a little bit about me and my story with this symptom.

If you liked what you heard, or didn’t, be sure to let me know either in the comments of this post or on any of our social media platforms. Thank you for listening and I’ll see you again on Wednesday for my first book review of 2020.

Sources:
https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/executive-function/
https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/executive-function#1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_functions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_dysfunction
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genie_(feral_child)