As most of you probably know, I’m going to be majoring in American Sign Language (ASL). Considering that, I thought I’d tell you a little about it.
ASL began in Gallaudet and Clerc’s American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Hartford Connecticut in the early nineteenth century (although other signing languages had been around long before that) by combining French Sign Language and other systems of signing and spread quickly through the deaf community. Despite its name, American Sign Language and its variants are also used in other English-speaking countries, including parts of Canada, West Africa, and South-East Asia. The former is probably not overly surprising, considering its closest ties are to French Sign Language (FSL) and not, as some would expect, British Sign Language (BSL).
With grammar that doesn’t parallel that of English, finger spelling, and visual components, ASL is hardly the ‘English with your hands’ that many attempt to characterize it as. Its written form, called glossing, involves transliteration that shows the phrase in ASL’s subject-verb-object layout.
Despite the growing popularity of American Sign Language, there are still those who consider it a lesser language simply because it isn’t verbal/oral, a gross assumption based on the principle that the hearing way is inherently better simply because it is theirs. Due to inconsistencies in surveys (such as ASL being lumped with other signing languages or ASL/signing being excluded altogether), it is unknown how many people converse in ASL. Still, American Sign Language is being utilized more frequently by the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), as well as hearing people with no ties to the Deaf community.
Someone asked me which of my posts were the most popular and I replied using a tool that just looked really messy when I posted it so here, off the top of my head, are the ones that are probably the most popular.
Silence- a poem about the Day of Silence — currently 230 notes
My soulmate AU post — currently 171 notes
I Always Will - (A DHMIS/padlock song) — currently 107 notes
My post on my county’s censorship policies — currently 90 notes
There’s this two year old girl at my work- tiny, blond, blue eyed. She sleeps with a blanket patterned with pale pink and green ballet slippers. Cute, right? Yeah, and then she sleeps with a huge, realistic, tarantula stuffed animal.I just… Fi-Fi, you’re one freaky kid.
Aphasia: Otherwise known as the reason I sometimes look at you as though you’re speaking another language- because to me, you are.
Aphasia is a disorder in which the parts of your brain that deal with language (namely Brocha’s for linguistic production and Wernicke’s for recognition) don’t quite work right. There are three main types
- Expressive aphasia: When the disordered person isn’t capable of expressing what they want to say through speech, writing, or otherwise.
- Receptive aphasia: When the disordered person can’t comprehend or recognize speech or what written text says.
- Global aphasia: When the disordered person suffers from both expressive and receptive aphasia.
Those with expressive aphasia may speak in fragments, repeat words or sounds, omit or switch words in a sentence, or speak in gibberish that they believe makes sense. People with receptive aphasia may find it hard to follow fast speech and may require extra time to do so; they also often take things literally and not as they’re neccesarily meant.
There’s also anomic aphasia (which is where you can’t seem to find quite the right word) and some people consider that its own type but many, myself included, find it a subset of expressive aphasia).
Apashia can be caused by strokes (in fact, 25-40% of speech survivors suffer from aphasia), tumors, infections, injuries, other mental conditions, or cerebral factors, and many people who suffer from it, especially in its severe forms, have to undergo speech therapy to be able to function normally.
Aphasia can range from very mild to very severe. In its mild forms, a person with aphasia may undergo sporadic anomia (not being able to find the right word, having the word on the tip of their tongue) and may have trouble with long or complex speech but have the ability to participate in normal conversation. Those with severe aphasia might not be able to understand or communicate even very simple concepts and sentences.
This is by far one of the most important things I’ve seen on tumblr because It describes things I was not able to
As someone who suffers with an anxiety disorder, I’d really love every single one of my followers to read this.
It puts it into better words than I could ever muster up.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Stay with us and keep calm.
The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.
- Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.
- Move us to a quiet place.
We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.
- Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.
- Speak to us in short, simple sentences.
- Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
- Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
As odd as it sounds, it works.WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:
1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.
Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.
Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”
2. Say, “Calm down.”
This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.”
Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.
Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.
3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.
Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.
4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.
The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.
Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.
Sensory Overload and how to cope.
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can sensory overload cause panic attacks? or after sensory overload, do you just feel nervous and shakey like you would in a panic attack? and what are the differences between social anxiety and sensory overload bc i can’t tell which is which sometimes
Hello you have a very good question!
Sensory overload can cause mood changes, and anxiety can be triggered after a sensory overload as it may build up to giving you anxiety.
There is a difference between Sensory Overload symptoms and Anxiety Attack symptoms, specifically the symptoms of a social anxiety attack
Anxiety attacks and sensory overload are two different things, but both are very rough and traumatic.
If you have anxiety problems and you end up having sensory overload, it is very possible for it to trigger an anxiety attack, as sensory overload is also found linked in with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
If you are having repeat anxiety attacks or sensory over loads, please talk to your doctor so you two can talk about getting you something to calm you down.
Yeah this isn’t a problem for me unless I am already anxious, then it only exacerbates my anxiety. It’s common for me when I’m alone or in a rush in large bright department stores, or when I’m driving and mom is being unnecessarily loud on the phone, or parties and bars when I’m not familiar with them. Also new restaurants. I don’t know why. I get really overwhelmed reading menus? I don’t know.
Fortunately I know how to manage it better so I just concentrate on my breathing, sometimes I escape to the restroom and do progressive muscle relaxation exercises for a few minutes, or I do mindfulness techniques (which is best when I’m driving because it improves my focus, yay). If I’m with someone else I trust I usually don’t have to do these things though because after a few minutes I’ll feel better.
I, mïmsÿ of the scribbles, have been adopted by the following:
And we live in a nest of cuddles; be jelly
the thrilling saga in which Panic! owns the fuck out of WBC
A+ handling of the situation
(So have Jae and Eli but I can’t find proof)
Not everybody who is in a crisis or struggling with suicidal thoughts can bring themselves to pick up a phone, and 30% of people who call suicide prevention hotlines hang up as soon as they hear a human voice. If you’re in trouble, and you need chat, forum, or e-mail based support, please look at this list. You are not alone.
- IMAlive: An Online Crisis Network: IMAlive is an online suicide prevention hotline where you can chat live, one-on-one, with trained volunteers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- RAINN: the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: RAINN provides live, one-on-one chat with trained volunteers for victims of sexual violence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their website also offers extensive, compassionate information that may help you to understand and come to terms with what has happened to you.
- The GLBT National Help Center: This organization offers live, one-on-one chat with trained volunteers for people struggling with GLBT issues. Their chat service is available from 4 PM to 12 AM EST Mondays through Fridays, and 12 PM to 5 PM EST on the weekends. This site is also a wonderful source of information, so if you are in pain because of, or confused by, something to do with your sexual orientation or gender identity, this site may offer you something that you need.
- Veterans Crisis Line: This organization provides special services for veterans, including live, one-on-one chat with trained counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care. The Veterans Crisis Line is run by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Befrienders Worldwide: Befrienders offers e-mail based crisis support, organized by country, in many different languages. Befrienders is owned and organized by the Samaritans, a UK/Ireland-based humanitarian organization. Their site has compassionate information and first-hand stories relating to suicidal feelings and warning signs, depression, self-harm, and bullying.
- Suicide Forum: This is a peer-to-peer support forum for people in crisis. You must be a member in order to post, but membership is free, instant, and asks for no personal information. Every effort is taken to ensure that this is a positive, supportive, non-triggering environment, but the staff of Suicide Forum are not actually trained in suicide prevention. This forum is for meeting and talking to other people who share and understand your pain in a supportive, safe environment. Suicide Forum is not a substitute for professional help, so if you are currently in a state of crisis, please, try one of the other sites on this list first.
Many of these sites are looking to train new volunteers. I know so many of you want to help; an organization like IMAlive may be your best opportunity.
Please allow yourself to get help if you need it. Remember that your life has value.
When I was younger, I thought the northern states were all small because they were huddling for warmth and the southern states were so large because they were lounging in the sun.