Otherkin identity and psychological disorders?
Are you diagnosed with a psychological disorder?
What is it, and what is your otherkin identity?
Do you think that the two are linked at all? If so, why and how?
For instance, I have general anxiety disorder, and I identify as hawk. I feel the two are somewhat linked; I even call some anxiety attacks "birdpanic", where my brain goes wordless and my senses are on high alert and I'm experiencing sensory overload. Focusing on my physical body rather than the bird-shift, focusing on hands/fingers/knees/normal human positioning of limbs, focusing on words/human-mind, can often bring me out of the anxiety attack.
Now, I'm not saying that one causes the other. But framing my anxiety as "birdpanic" gives me useful coping skills with which to deal with the anxiety. Such skills (essentially body awareness and mindfulness) are also normal therapeutic techniques (dialectical behavioral techniques, really), so could have nothing to do with birdness at all. But it's nonetheless useful to me to frame it in terms of birdness, because it helps me remember to use those skills and it works for me.
How about the lot of you?