Why a Mental Illness is a Big Deal

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I’ve been depressing for awhile now -as in, dealing with Depression. I’ve also entertained its close friend, Anxiety; plus a few hangers-on like Disassociation, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Social Phobias. I didn’t even know those existed till they walked off with some of my mental furniture. Once I’m back to staring at the cracked ceiling of… Continue reading Why a Mental Illness is a Big Deal

Need Help? Go On and Ask for It

Mental illness sucks. That’s the summation of my thoughts, usually after a depressive spiral. It’s what I think when a good friend loses a job because of a schizophrenic episode. It’s my answer when another friend hits the low part of his bipolar cycle. It’s the phrase I mutter in response to people’s suicidal thoughts,… Continue reading Need Help? Go On and Ask for It

I Give Myself Two Thumbs Down

Think positively. Look on the bright side. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t worry; be happy. Yeah; my brain’s not getting that memo. Despite hearing the merits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or sitting through counseling sessions advocating positivity, I seem determined to stay stuck. Negative thinking is easier. I’m used to it. I deserve… Continue reading I Give Myself Two Thumbs Down

My Healing Journey

At the beginning of the year my number one goal was for me to work on healing myself from the inside out. I had put my own inner healing on hold for a long time. I had pushed down the most painful memories of my childhood in hopes I would never have to think about… Continue reading My Healing Journey

How to Break the Cycle of Abuse Within Your Own Mind

I am really good at not being good to myself. “Most of your class is smarter than you.” “No one wants to be your friend.” “Of course you didn’t win.” Throughout my childhood, I taught myself to have no self pride. At all. Despite being decently intelligent and skilled; I could never accept a compliment. If… Continue reading How to Break the Cycle of Abuse Within Your Own Mind

Mental Illness Really Sucks

You wouldn’t believe this, but mental illness sucks. I spend a lot of days just stuck. I lack motivation or a positive outlook or even the will to shower. People telling me that things will get better do not help. I mean, things will get better for them… And I only have depression. What I’ve read… Continue reading Mental Illness Really Sucks

Y’all Are Crazy, and That’s Okay

Having a mental illness is a lonely thing. Like most people, we want at least someone with whom we can talk. We want a friend to cry with, or even laugh with. We need a deep connection with another human, to feel loved and validated. Unfortunately, we have a few things that get in the way… Continue reading Y’all Are Crazy, and That’s Okay

How Depression Feels

After the successful results of our last how-to article, “Depression for Dummies,” I felt a continuation of similar advice might be helpful. I may have decided this after yet another conversation with my loving, wonderful, clueless husband. Thing is, non-crazies do not understand how we think. They are not living inside us, feeling the things… Continue reading How Depression Feels

Why Do We Do What We Always Do?

I’ve been a little down lately. For anyone who ever feels the effects of depression, that’s code for: crying sporadically, feeling worthless, and avoiding people in general. On the plus side, I’ve been doing some thinking. How? A detached, more logical human often steps aside from the involved, emotional creature on the floor and studies… Continue reading Why Do We Do What We Always Do?

Gratitude–a Game Changer

According to Google Dictionary, A game changer is defined as “an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.”  Gratitude, for me, was such a thing as I struggled through deep depression from bipolar disorder. While we are looking up definitions, why not take… Continue reading Gratitude–a Game Changer