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  • I feature Daily Deviations (DD) in Digital Mixed Media and Digital Drawings and Paintings. I cannot feature anything else.
  • Make sure that the deviant hasn't already received a Daily Deviation within the past 6 months. FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
  • If the Mixed Media deviation uses resources, credit must be provided to stock artists and other resource providers, and stock must be from legitimate sources (i.e., not Google). FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
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Just hit the "Note" button on my profile page and add the subject: DD Suggestion. Include the thumb code for the deviation and, if you desire, the reason why you think the deviation should be featured.


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Spirit versus Madness

Sun Dec 14, 2014, 6:05 PM

The good, the bad, and the terrifying


We've all heard stories, whether fantasy or reality, of burning bushes and voices of gods ringing down from the sky. We've also heard stories of horrific things like murders happening because "God told me to do so" or because the person thought they were fulfilling some Biblical prophecy.

Where is the middle ground between true religious/spiritual experiences and mental illness? How do you know which is the case?


A couple of (relatively innocuous) stories


One.
A few months ago, I submitted a paper for publication in a popular journal in my field. I had long forgotten about it, figuring the editor had written it off. I had no idea who the editor was or even what his name was. Fast-forward to last week. I was lying in bed, not quite awake, and I dreamed of the Judeo-Christian Jesus standing over me and telling me what changes needed to be made to that manuscript. I woke up, thinking that it was an odd dream but going on with my day. I'm pulling into work, and my phone beeps. It is an e-mail telling me exactly how to change the manuscript so it can be accepted into publication. The sender's name was Jesus.

Two.
When I was a freshman in college, I dreamed I was being possessed by a red demon and woke up screaming, tearing at my chest, much to the chagrin of my roommate. A couple of days later, I was lying in bed quite awake and all of a sudden felt myself floating in water, with someone baptizing me in a way. I felt the sign of the cross made on my forehead.


What could it mean?


I'm a Ph.D.* scientist, first and foremost. I am reasonable and logical, and I'm kind-of brilliant. I don't easily fall prey to delusions. So, with situation #1, above, I think I must have read the editor's name somewhere in the past and just forgotten it. The timing of it all could purely be coincidental.

With situation #2, I would soon be diagnosed with bipolar disorder with the first episode being manic. Hallucinations are not uncommon, and religious topics are frequently the subject of these illusions. Maybe my mind, trying to make sense of the madness, went with something I knew and understood at least reasonably well. Maybe our minds naturally make order out of chaos.

My doctor put me on antipsychotics and told me that, when I start attributing things like the journal article dream to God or some supernatural or "psychic" cause, I need to take an extra 1/2 of a Risperdal. I don't doubt the need for the antipsychotics. They are often critical in the healing journey of a young mind so ravaged by bipolar disorder.

But, where does faith come in, in the first story? And where does my own strength factor in? Maybe, by medicating away my temptation to give everything divine meaning, I am blocking myself from receiving messages from my Higher Power or my Higher Self. Or maybe I am missing the majesty of the world around us.

Sigmund Freud once wrote, 'It is up to the dreamer to interpret the dream.' Perhaps believing the dream came from a higher power is valid simply because I believe it.


Let's discuss


Have we come to a place as a society where we must medicate away our fantasies and beliefs? This is the tragedy of bipolar disorder especially, but perhaps other mental disorders as well. The fantasy so frequently comes with madness, and chasing the dragon is not the best way to live a fruitful life. Nor is going off of our life-saving medications.

There must be a happy medium, where we can be stable AND have beautiful fantasies or faith or encounters with our higher power and not be punished or medicated more heavily for them. Where is the line?

And how do you know it is God (or goddess, or spirit, etc.) talking to you, and not madness? For me, I know that God / Spirit / Higher Power would never lead me to do something that is morally wrong or unethical. But, I know for some people that being ill impairs your judgment such that you don't know what "morally wrong" means. It's not black and white.

This is a precarious conversation to have because the issue is so delicate. Still, I would love to hear your thoughts. :heart:


*Candidate

Note: I am not a mental health clinician. I am only a scientist. The advice offered here should not replace advice given by a qualified professional.

Hello everyone!

So it's the holiday time, and for many of us it's also the end of the semester, the end of a grant or project period, or the end of the fiscal year. All of these "ends" come with stress. It's well-known that stress can exacerbate mental illness-- for example, through triggering mood instability or symptoms of depression or anxiety. Thus, it is helpful to have some tips for handling stress in ways that are more conducive to health.

Here are some tips that have been helpful in my life.

1. Get enough sleep. First and foremost, getting enough sleep every night can help prevent your mood from becoming unstable (especially for those of us with bipolar disorder), and it can be helpful in dealing with anxiety. We can think and solve problems more clearly when we are well-rested, and thus we can see the "bigger picture" through the stressful situation. A rested brain is exactly what is needed to get through your stressful situation without triggering problems. This is the single most important step!

2. Grab a friend. Social support is critical for helping work through a stressful situation. Whether you have someone physically present in your world or whether you connect best with people through DeviantArt or some other online medium, talk to someone about what's going on. Even if they cannot help you, sometimes just talking to a sympathetic person is enough to relieve some of the stress you're feeling.

3. Do something. Get up and move. Even if only for a few minutes at a time, physical activity can help reduce stress and ward off anxiety. For me personally, yoga is an amazing tool for helping reduce my anxiety and stress levels. Even after only 10 minutes, I can feel myself becoming calmer and more focused. Whether it's yoga or running, swimming or biking, do something that gets your body moving. The recommendation is that we move for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, but even if you can't do that, do something. Moving just a little bit is better than not moving at all. New to exercise? Give beginner's yoga a go.

4. Find Om. Meditation is critical to helping your body deal with stress and anxiety. Even if you only add a few moments of meditation a day to your routine, you will teach your mind to be disciplined and controlled rather than panicked and scattered. It does take practice, but there are so many potential benefits.

5. Watch what you eat. Some foods have been linked to mood symptoms. For example, caffeine can trigger anxiety and depression. Moreover, if caffeine interferes with sleep, it can cause even more problems. When you are stressed, use caffeine sparingly. Also, omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in fish oil) are thought to help protect your brain against depression. Always talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist about your individual needs and treatment plan before undertaking any kind of diet or eating program.


Your healthcare provider is your most important ally and partner in handling stress without upsetting your mental illness. Don't hesitate to contact him or her to talk about a plan.

How do YOU handle stress?? And have a wonderful holiday!!


Aeirmid


This article was written for mental-health. Feel free to join us!

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Spirit versus Madness

Sun Dec 14, 2014, 6:05 PM

The good, the bad, and the terrifying


We've all heard stories, whether fantasy or reality, of burning bushes and voices of gods ringing down from the sky. We've also heard stories of horrific things like murders happening because "God told me to do so" or because the person thought they were fulfilling some Biblical prophecy.

Where is the middle ground between true religious/spiritual experiences and mental illness? How do you know which is the case?


A couple of (relatively innocuous) stories


One.
A few months ago, I submitted a paper for publication in a popular journal in my field. I had long forgotten about it, figuring the editor had written it off. I had no idea who the editor was or even what his name was. Fast-forward to last week. I was lying in bed, not quite awake, and I dreamed of the Judeo-Christian Jesus standing over me and telling me what changes needed to be made to that manuscript. I woke up, thinking that it was an odd dream but going on with my day. I'm pulling into work, and my phone beeps. It is an e-mail telling me exactly how to change the manuscript so it can be accepted into publication. The sender's name was Jesus.

Two.
When I was a freshman in college, I dreamed I was being possessed by a red demon and woke up screaming, tearing at my chest, much to the chagrin of my roommate. A couple of days later, I was lying in bed quite awake and all of a sudden felt myself floating in water, with someone baptizing me in a way. I felt the sign of the cross made on my forehead.


What could it mean?


I'm a Ph.D.* scientist, first and foremost. I am reasonable and logical, and I'm kind-of brilliant. I don't easily fall prey to delusions. So, with situation #1, above, I think I must have read the editor's name somewhere in the past and just forgotten it. The timing of it all could purely be coincidental.

With situation #2, I would soon be diagnosed with bipolar disorder with the first episode being manic. Hallucinations are not uncommon, and religious topics are frequently the subject of these illusions. Maybe my mind, trying to make sense of the madness, went with something I knew and understood at least reasonably well. Maybe our minds naturally make order out of chaos.

My doctor put me on antipsychotics and told me that, when I start attributing things like the journal article dream to God or some supernatural or "psychic" cause, I need to take an extra 1/2 of a Risperdal. I don't doubt the need for the antipsychotics. They are often critical in the healing journey of a young mind so ravaged by bipolar disorder.

But, where does faith come in, in the first story? And where does my own strength factor in? Maybe, by medicating away my temptation to give everything divine meaning, I am blocking myself from receiving messages from my Higher Power or my Higher Self. Or maybe I am missing the majesty of the world around us.

Sigmund Freud once wrote, 'It is up to the dreamer to interpret the dream.' Perhaps believing the dream came from a higher power is valid simply because I believe it.


Let's discuss


Have we come to a place as a society where we must medicate away our fantasies and beliefs? This is the tragedy of bipolar disorder especially, but perhaps other mental disorders as well. The fantasy so frequently comes with madness, and chasing the dragon is not the best way to live a fruitful life. Nor is going off of our life-saving medications.

There must be a happy medium, where we can be stable AND have beautiful fantasies or faith or encounters with our higher power and not be punished or medicated more heavily for them. Where is the line?

And how do you know it is God (or goddess, or spirit, etc.) talking to you, and not madness? For me, I know that God / Spirit / Higher Power would never lead me to do something that is morally wrong or unethical. But, I know for some people that being ill impairs your judgment such that you don't know what "morally wrong" means. It's not black and white.

This is a precarious conversation to have because the issue is so delicate. Still, I would love to hear your thoughts. :heart:


*Candidate

Spirit versus Madness
Fantasy or reality? Where do spirit and madness collide?
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Jade
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I'm Jaimie, but my friends in "real life" and online call me Jade.

I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health. That takes a lot of my time, but in my free time I enjoy creating art and spending time with friends and family. My best friend is a golden retriever; my two-legged best friend is amazing, too. :XD:

When I can find the time, I enjoy photomanipulation and dabble in painting with acrylics.
My favorite styles of photomanipulation are fantasy and emotional, but I love all art that is done creatively and with heart.

My personal favorites are the color red and anything Halloween-related.

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:iconfreddyventura:
FreddyVentura Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for featuring my piece as a DD, greatly appreciated :).
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
my pleasure. :)
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heatherorchard Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Thanks!.
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Victor-Lam-art Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to thank you for featuring my new Daily Deviation !
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All I can do is give you a Llama :)
<3 cheers vic
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Digital Artist
My pleasure, and thanks!!
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AlMaNeGrA Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Jade :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014   Digital Artist
absolutely :)
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e-volos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for suggesting my work as a DD! Means a lot to me!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014   Digital Artist
my pleasure to feature it!
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Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would like to thank you again for featuring my DD suggestion for The Harpie:love: 
It's been my first accepted suggestion, and although it's not my art, it's been such a great emotion seeing it between the features:love:
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