Tag Archives: Expression

Processing trauma, PTSD, complex trauma, voice with creative expression

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been sharing my lived experience focussing mainly on how I process trauma in creative ways as this may help others. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (type 1), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiey disorder. Clinical psychologist said I have complex trauma under PTSD, not complex PTSD… Read More »

Music changes mood, allows emotional expression without distress. PTSD, bipolar, depression.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been sharing some of my journey of how I gently process trauma, grief and stuck emotions. I use music, movement and creative expression. My trauma psychologist agrees that I have done most of the processing on my own. Along the way, created art that people find interesting. I… Read More »

Letting go of perfectionism is freeing. Improvising creatively. Healing Tears. PTSD. Bipolar.

My name is Xanthe Wyse and I have been sharing several short, unedited videos about mental health and how improvised creativity helps me manage my mental health (diagnosed bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder = PTSD, social anxiety disorder). Creative expression with music is the key to helping me process trauma with out re-traumatising myself. My… Read More »

Managing Anxiety with Coronavirus, Covid-19 Uncertainty. New Zealand lockdown.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I vlog about mental heatlh and what has helped me. I have had a lot of anxiety as well as panic attacks with my diagnoses of bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. The situation with coronavirus has progressed very quickly with arrival into New Zealand. Drastic… Read More »

Movement to music for mental health – joy of improvised dance, easing anxiety

My name is Xanthe Wyse and I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. I have been sharing videos of what helps me manage these conditions. (Making videos has been helping me confront the social anxiety). As you can see, my dancing is technically ‘rubbish’ but the joy… Read More »

Soar Purpose: painting colourful abstract bird with acrylics

My name is Xanthe Wyse. This is one of several videos showing some of the painting of Soar Purpose. I’m not sure how long I have spent on it – probably over 5 hours total over 3 days. I lose track of time as get fully immersed in it. Over a dozen layers of paint.… Read More »

Soar Purpose – Symbolic abstract bird painting in acrylics.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have been sharing some snippets of painting some symbolic paintings. I listen to music and make them up as I go. The colours and images are symbolic to me and I paint feelings and moods usually… Read More »

Soar Purpose. Processing trauma with creative expression. Painting bird.

My name is Xanthe Wyse which means ‘yellow insight’ or ‘golden wisdom’. I changed my name after my name given at birth became a trauma trigger. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am seeing a clinical psychologist who specialises in trauma. Most of the trauma processing I do… Read More »

Dance walking is therapeutic, lifts mood and is a fun way to exercise

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) & social anxiety disorder. I like to listen to music on a loop and dance with my hands while I walk – just improvising to the music. It feels euphoric and it gives me a break from anxiety.… Read More »

Improvised hand dancing is therapeutic. Bipolar, anxiety, PTSD.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, PTSD, social anxiety disorder. When my mood is elevated with bipolar, I have an overwhelming urge to dance, which helps me express and release emotions. An elevated mood with bipolar helped override my social anxiety (including fear that people will judge me)… Read More »

Moods vs emotions, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD

My name is Xanthe Wyse and I have been making videos sharing some of my experiences and insights mainly to do with mental health. I observe many people confuse moods and emotions. I have been diagnosed with a mood disorder called bipolar disorder. It is not primarily an emotional dysregulation disorder (which could be part… Read More »

Soar Purpose – Music heals trauma. Purpose with bipolar, PTSD.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. Two of my Facebook pages are Bipolar Courage and Soar Purpose. Here I am tired but inspired after doing a lot of processing last night (writing on the old records listening to music – with… Read More »

Mourning to Morning. Music and creative expression is healing.

I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder (my social anxiety flared up when I felt embarrassed to sing to you plus my throat was constricting over talking as it does when it’s a tricky subject). When in depression with a lot of grief and trauma, I didn’t listen… Read More »