I hate when people imply that you can’t love a dog like a child, because a dog is just a functional, mindless creature, it just wants food from you and you’re “misinterpreting” that as love.
My dog misses us and cries when one of us goes out, she also recognises all our extended family and goes nuts with excitement when she sees them. She has favourite games and asks us to play them with her, she seeks comfort from us when she’s scared cold or tired. She sees us as her family, knows her wants and needs, and knows how to communicate them to us.
Now maybe food and security are at the root of all that, but isn’t that the case for a child too? Isn’t that what love really is?
All babies do is just lie there and cry and cry, and yet nobody says “how can that be love, they just want food, that’s not love!”
If you can love a baby or say it loves you, you can love a dog and vice-versa.
The single biggest thing I grapple with as a result of CPTSD and its anxiety is impaired cognition – what feels like an inability to acquire, retain, synthesize, and analyze information. While MDMA seems to work wonders along the emotional / mood dimension, I'm curious if any of you who suffered with cognition issues saw any improvements in that area.
Aside from the emotional / mood issues, the single biggest thing I struggle with as a result of CPTSD and its anxiety is what feels like impaired cognition. Not being able to absorb, retain, and synthesize information, to deeply analyze it, to make logical decisions.
Have any of you suffered with and made improvements in this area?
What was the medication and how did you notice the improvement?
Aside from the emotional / mood issues, the single biggest thing I struggle with as a result of CPTSD and its anxiety is what feels like impaired cognition. Not being able to absorb, retain, synthesize, and analyze information, to think strategically and analytically. It's a great hindrance to achieving any of my career goals.
I've spoken to a few therapists about it who seem to chalk it up to a distorted perception of my own intellect and I'm confident it's much more than that. I have trouble understanding even a single paragraph in a book if I don't reread it 5 more times. It feels like others have a natural ability to synthesize information and intuit implications, where as I often need things spelled out very clearly and plainly. And that's just one small problem of many.
Have any of you suffered with and made improvements in this area?
I’ve been exploring different vitamins and nootropics for months to try to help my anxiety, energy and cognition at work. Here is what has been working for me. I’d love advice if you want to chime in.
The interesting thing I have found is it seems that people are using Shoden for sleep. For me, it really seems to give me energy and focus but I notice the stress relief it provides.
I take the L Theanine because I’m a highly stressed individual and most any kind of physical or mental stimulation can cause stress with me. This seems to offset that.
I would also like to add I’m a server at a high volume restaurant. It’s extremely stressful and requires energy, focus and recall.
This has helped me the most, but I’d be willing for any suggestions of what I could add or substitute.
I've gotten this twice, and it's always based on my cardiovascular health.
Cocoa puts me over the top, and my reality becomes ultra vivid. My vision has absolute depth, where if I look somewhere, for example, I'll see a tree, the house behind it, the houses behind that, the sky behind that. But I don't feel like a pair of walking eyes, I feel my body in a vivid way too. It's just that vision seems like a lightning rod when this happens. And not in some flat, 2D image, I'm acutely focusing on all these things. But in general, no matter where I look, or how I look at things, I see automatic vivid depth (and feel it, in some form). Looking at this screen right now I feel the space in front of me, the window behind it, I'm sort of looking at the screen, but not focusing and sort of astral-projecting as I do in bad health. I just sort or tested it on a car ride today, and just sights alone were so vivid and explosive in color and crispness, no matter where and how I looked. Of course you focus on what you want to focus on, as vision is a complex sense that's prone to being intertwined with other senses/sensations or being influenced by eye muscles, neck posture, breathing. But when I just let go, have the right postures, and take in the world, this concept of depth is the main point of the vividness of things. And color are just explosive, and the imagery around me seems glued, like I can focus on a tree and how it passes by seems almost psychadelic in its vividness. I can go from looking at a house 10 feet away and seeing whatever, to looking up in a very blue sky and seeing a helicopter a mile away with the same crispness and focus. It doesn't feel like a series of detached eye moments with pin-point focus, which can happen in worse health.
But I woke up and the way I feel, see, hear, SMELL. It's not explosive, it's quietly vivid. And cocoa seems to be the thing that always puts me back into what I think is a more correct version of sensation/senses.
To me, it's nitric oxide related. Which is supported by the science on cocoa. Could be the theobromine a bit. But last night, after a week or so of being a bit out of it, I decided to do my usual bowl of endless legumes, but also did a small beet smoothie, and about 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa twice. Bit of exercise to get the system going.
This body state/cognition/sensation started at 3am last night, and when I woke up, and until now at 5PM I feel exactly as I did last night. I feel so acute... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been recently become interested in neuro-regenerative nootropics, namely cerebrolysin, as a way to improve General cognition, as well as treatment for my treatment-resistant depression. Other than that I am relatively healthy adult, with no brain injury or stroke of any sort, other then suffering a few concussions from car accidents over the years.
My main question is has anyone else use this for purely nootropic reasons? The only studies in information online that I see are related to people with brain injury so I am curious if it's safe and healthy adults, or whether anyone here has tried such? I appreciate any input.
Not anxious, but worry, like worry about whats gonna happen to your future, kids, wife, most of the time thinking of events that will have a bad outcome etc
Fuck this negative mindset I’m trying to cope, hopefully i get on trt and my mind shifts i am staying strong and holding in
Part 2: what about the cognitive effects and memory? What did you guys notice? Reading comprehension, memory, iq, focus concentration etc
About 2 weeks ago, I started taking ND’s Tongat Ali (2% 2x/day) and Primavie (250mg 1x day in the morning). After the first few days, I noticed that I felt extremely more “chilled” out, almost in the way that KSM-66 makes me feel. It is 100x harder to talk to people, even my girlfriend, as I feel like my mind is slowed down and in a sense “disconnected”, which is similar to how I felt when I took KSM-66. Due to how much apathy and decreased motivation it gave me in the past, I have decided to not take it again.
I noticed that both of these supplements are considered adaptogens, and that primavie is considered to be close in mechanism to ashwaghanda. I was wondering if anyone thinks it could be the primavie, or the tongkat, causing this. I stopped taking the primavie today and will for a few days to see if the symptoms go away.
If anyone has noticed any similar undesired side effects, please let me know. If anyone has any recommendations, like a cycling schedule or maybe if taking the primavie at night would remedy the problem, I would highly appreciate any input.
Recently, in this group, there is a debate about the role of valid cognition in Dzogchen.
I have also encountered someone who said without acknowledging valid cognition, you become a nihilist.
I borrow this quote:
.... All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets that trap us in dualism. ....
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
Isn't valid cognition just another agreeable concept?
And as long as there are concepts, don't they trap? (which you must know their pitfall?)
Buddha said his teaching is good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end. But, this perfect teaching also must be abandoned eventually.
If the perfect teachings also must be abandoned, is there a need to say more for valid cognition?
Why do we need to be so serious arguing valid cognition that eventually needs to be abandoned?
If we take a raft to the next island, what is the point of arguing this raft is good, that raft is bad? As long as the raft can do its job, isn't that good enough?
I'm 20 and I have absolutely abhorrent cognition. I do really well in school though because it comes naturally to me, but I often need to re-read things up to 20 times, etc., and I forget what happened minutes ago. Major depression & ocd. Any thoughts on whether or not cognition can be brought back with rTMS? It's very important to me as an aspiring scientist. Thank you.
I read this from Jack Kornfield's compilation of the original written teachings by the Buddha called 'Teachings of the Buddha':
"Sutra on Totality
Monks, I will teach you the totality of life. Listen, attend carefully to it and I will speak.
What, monks, is totality? It is just the eye with the objects of sight, the ear with the objects of hearing, the nose with the objects of smell, the body with the objects of touch, and the mind with the objects of cognition. This, monks, is called totality.
Now, if anyone were to say: "Aside from this explanation of totality, I will preach another totality," that person would be speaking empty words, and being questioned would not be able to answer. Why is this? Because that person is talking about something outside of possible knowledge."
From the Samyutta Nikaya, translated by Gil Fronsdal
I've also read that Nirvana is beyond the senses and cognition. If there is no totality outside the senses and cognition as this sutra says, then what then is Nirvana? Is it nothing? Or is this supposed to be something like a Zen koan?
I've been drinking on and off nettle tea (from leaves, I assume) because of its iron content and it seems like nettles (leaves, roots etc) might have some benefits. In this article there are links to many related studies, so I will just link to that.
" Nettles contain a significant number of biologically-active compounds. For example, the leaves are rich sources of terpenoids, carotenoids and fatty acids, as well as of various essential amino acids, chlorophyll, vitamins, tannins, carbohydrates, sterols, polysaccharides, isolectins and minerals. Extracts from the aerial parts of nettles are rich sources of polyphenols, while the roots contain oleanol acid, sterols and steryl glycosides. "
Hello! Arts student doing a psychology minor, wondering if cognition or perception is easier/more interesting. Im terrible at bio so also looking for whichever one involves less
I feel that I'm not intelligent enough to achieve and experience the things I wish for in life, or to help others do the same.
Hoping the future holds promise.
Been on TRT for 3 years now. On and off doses ranging from 120 all the way up to 300mg/w. The last year ive been steadily declining, not feeling like myself, hard time talking to people and having conversations, alot of anxiety which i didnt have before and generally just feeling on edge and its ruining my life and relationships. i feel like avoiding all social interactions.. i have alot of brain fog and look watery and bad.
the only relief ive had this year was when i did 0.75mg of arimidex. it cleared alot of brainfog anxiety and i felt more present and more like myself.
ive tried everything other than AI use. low dose/high dose, magnesium, dhea, pregnenolone, ED dosing, eod dosing, subq/IM, every supplement out there.
can anyone help me out?? what the fuck am i missing?
I was curious as to how some of you experience difficulties with social scenarios.
Imagine someone is frustrated or upset about something.
A) are you unaware of their feelings B) are you aware that something is wrong, but unsure about how you should react C) aware of how you should/could react, but remain unsure of how to do so
I’m sure there are other options as well. I’m interested to hear how you experience these situations, as most descriptions are quite vague. Also, I imagine many people will have different iterations, considering the how broad the spectrum is.
Thanks for your time, looking forward to hearing from you :)
Like ability to articulate stuff correctly, confusion, ability to feel empathy or happiness, complete ability to see things from other people’s point of view even though I almost always try to do that and used to be very good at it, anygjng elsememory, I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. I’m only 24 and have a very high working memory from the iq test and just a good long term memory in general like people are like how do you remember all those details from years ago. I’m not trying to brag at all I’m just trying to explain. Every time I would usually feel happy from something like a text from my mom or boyfriend saying I love you I get this weird zap/feeling in my head like it’s hard to describe and I don’t feel it the happiness/emotion/love that I would usually feel. I have to think what is appropriate to say back without actually feeling it and it being genuine. It’s like it’s blocking me to feel it. And I can’t show love and empathy towards someone because I have my whole life and now whenever I try to I get a weird ticklely feeling in my brain for as long as I try and I can’t feel the empathy. It stops when I stop trying, and it breaks my heart to stop trying to feel love and positive feelings to those that I care about but it seems like I am neurologically incapable of it now.Also not very articulate with words, memory is going to complete shit, and my spelling has declined a lot and I just feel confusion and whenever I do something or experience something that would usually make my mind feel stimulated like learn about things I get that same feeling in my head again and I don’t feel stimulated therefore can’t think about what I want to think about. I can still feel negative emotions though. Has anyone had feelings of long term confusion or have they gone back to normal and after how long? Thanks.
So, my VOC is at a 7, but my SUDS holds at a 1 or 2 in my stomach when we pull up the image. It won’t move but I feel super done with this memory, not much comes up anymore. So we’ve identified the blocking belief, that closing means the end of my mom and I’s relationship and then processed that, but I still have this anxiety about closing the memory. It’s like I’m at the edge and afraid to step off.
Anyone care to share their memory closing story? What was it like for you? Therapists?
I had a follow up with my neurologist earlier today and we discussed the issues that I’m still dealing with on a daily basis at 6.5 months out from my concussion. He believes i have some underlying anxiety disorder and wants to get me started on 10mg of Amitriptyline for it. He also wants me to try 10mg of Adderall for my memory/cognition/mental sharpness. I’m against meds but at this point I’m willing to try anything to feel like myself. Does anybody have any experience with any of these 2 medications? It’ll be the first time i take any meds and I’m a bit nervous.
Has anybody here experienced memory loss and changes in cognition because of b12 deficiency? Is it reversible? I don't want to be donkey-brained.
Hi all, so I'm an anxiety and depression patient. I'm on mirtazapine 30mg, quetiapine 100mg at night, diazepam and zolpidem as needed (generally 2 times a week in doses of 15-25mg of diazepam or 20mg of zolpidem) and pregabalin which I also take as needed twice a week for work despite being prescribed daily to avoid dependance. As you'd imagine I do suffer cognitive impairment and my brain feels like mush half the time.
In terms of supplements and nootropics I'm currently on:
Acidophilus complex, 4 times a day
Glycine 1.5g, am, pm
Noopept 30mg 3 times a day usually (cycled)
Taurine 2.5, am, pm
NAC 900mg, 2 or 3 times a day (cycled)
n aceytl tyrosine 700mg, am
L-Theanine as needed, usually 300-400mg depending on my caffeine intake
I'm aware there are holes in this stack so if anyone could advise I would appreciate it. I'm also working to be coming off the quetiapine so that should help knock some feeling loose I'm sure. I know ideally I wouldn't be on any of these medications for the purpose of optimization but I'm open to any suggestions as I've recently been given a new psychologist and we're going to be reviewing my medications.
Thanks in advance.
The single biggest thing I grapple with as a result of CPTSD and its anxiety is impaired cognition – what feels like an inability to acquire, retain, synthesize, and analyze information. While ketamine seems to work wonders along the emotional / mood dimension, I'm curious if any of you who suffered with cognition issues saw any improvements in that area.