I seem to have developed a few terms and phrases which I use over and over. Here’s a glossary, in case you missed the posts they were originally used and explained:
Depression Goggles – those black-tinted lenses through which we view the world when severely depressed; the distorted thinking patterns which characterize such times.
Electronic valium – TV; specifically, the deliberate use of watching TV, DVD, streamed video, anything with the intention of distracting, self-soothing or improving the present moment
Fingernailing – that state of being when you’re just hanging on … but you are hanging on!
Fingernail Days – days characterized by “fingernailing”
Keeping the horizon close – choosing not to think long-term; focussing on the present moment, or the short term
My ‘Superpower’ – psychosomaticism, referring to my highly developed capacity to experience (usually feel) emotions or mental states in my physical body
Quirks and frailties – my current preferred term for mental illness, mental health, etc! I like it because everyone has quirks and frailties; they’re just more pronounced in some of us than others. The phrase also avoids the pitfalls of other terms such as, for example, ‘mental illness’ (illness, to me, implies a condition from which you can completely recover, whereas some mental health conditions are chronic). It’s also kinda cute, too 😉
Sheep-At-The-Gate Syndrome – when you have too many thoughts churning around in your head, and nothing sensible comes out your mouth