Writers With Mental Illness

What To Do When When No One Understands Your Mental Illness

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One thing every single person who has experienced mental health issues can agree on is the loneliness. From depression and anxiety to the more stigmatized disorders on the psychotic spectrum, our symptoms cut us off from others, especially neurotypicals. Neurotypicals have simply never experienced life through our eyes, so they usually have a hard time…

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32 Coping Skills For Anxiety And Depression

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Coping skills are exactly what they sound like: skills to help you cope with stressful situations. They are one of the most important things to have in your mental wellness toolkit. Coping skills help us deal with life and all its challenges. Over the years, writing out my feelings, watching The Office, and taking a…

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Host And Alters

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Have you ever woken up to a natural disaster? Tornado sirens, an earthquake, rising flood waters? That is what it’s like for me, an alter, to “wake up” and suddenly have control of our body. While I am generally aware of what’s going on, my presence tends to be limited to a “passive influence,” helping…

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How To Deal With Art Snobs

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Dealing With My Inner Art Snob As a writer, I’ve dealt with quite a few art snobs. From the students in my creative writing classes to even the inner snob within me, it can be hard to ignore criticism from people who don’t understand or appreciate your art. For years I’ve pushed myself to write…

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3 Ways To Use Creativity To Cope

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Utilizing The Connection Between Creativity And Health While adult coloring books for stress and anxiety relief have been on the rise, art therapy has actually been around for quite some time. How much of these claims are true, though? Is art therapy a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Sure, there’s definitely a connection between creativity and health.…

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Writing With Depression And Anxiety

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Art and Identity It’s a strange thing to consider yourself a vessel for stories; it might not be so strange when, in school, you’ve been called a hard worker, a bit of a loner, but one who always meets deadlines and goes above expectations. (Is this a humble brag?) Anyhow, this tends to conjure up…

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A Letter To All Neurodivergent Writers

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When it comes to depression and anxiety, there can be a tendency to “feel more deeply,” which can be great for connecting with others. At the same time, there are also sublime experiences or intense experiences of both terror and awe. These are sometimes too much to process, and it’s completely understandable to avoid them.…

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Why Chronic Illness Recovery Is Messy (And What To Do About It)

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A few weeks ago, I saw my therapist and we talked about my chronic illness recovery. To my surprise, she told me I’ve been stable since last August. That’s almost a year. And while I know I’ve made a lot of progress, it doesn’t always feel that way. Sliding Back Into Old Habits Just this morning,…

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The Upcoming Nonprofit For Students With Schizophrenia

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There are not many organizations out there that focus on empowering college students with a chronic illness, especially those that focus on symptoms of schizophrenia. That’s why when I heard about the upcoming nonprofit Students With Schizophrenia (SWS), I was so excited to know that there is an organization specifically focused on helping those of us…

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How To Cope With Body And Food Shaming

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For those recovering from eating disorders or disordered eating, it can be tough being around other people who are actively on diets, have an unhealthy relationship with food, or people who regularly body shame others. I’ve been recovering from disordered eating for over a year, and over the past year, I’ve learned the recovery process…

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