Writers With Mental Illness

How To Deal With Writing Snobs

writing snobs

Dealing With My Inner Writing Snob As a writer, I’ve dealt with quite a few writing 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 writing. For years I’ve pushed myself to write…

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3 Ways To Use Creativity To Cope

creativity and health

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

anxiety and anger

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

neurodivergent writers

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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Increase Your Productivity Without Compromising Your Health

Why Can’t We Focus? Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all busy people. We have things that we’d like to get done and (hopefully) we understand that the time we have to do so is extremely limited. The only way to get all of the things that we want to get…

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Self-Care Challenge 3: Keeping A Gratitude Journal

gratitude journal

I first started consistently keeping a journal in middle school. It was full of gossip and ideas for outfits. I had no idea that ten years later, I would still be flipping through it, scanning the pages for any telltale signs of my budding mental illness. When I go back and read what I wrote…

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6 Chilling Mental Illness Artworks

mental illness artwork

Sometimes words aren’t enough. As a writer with a mental illness, I know this truth well. It is frustrating trying to shrink my vague feelings into words. How many times can I describe depression as a deep dark hole? How many times can I refer to my anxiety as pins and needles? Even those words…

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Prison Writers For Mental Health Reform

prison writers

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind.” Whether it’s a long-distance couple or friends that drift apart, humans are forgetful of things that are not right in front of us. We need to be reminded of the important things every day. In my case, I have two corkboards, a planner,…

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Navigating Anger And Guilt With A Spinal Meningioma

spinal meningioma

My boyfriend and I first met in college through mutual friends. At the time, I was still living a normal life despite being diagnosed at five years old with an extremely rare tumor called a spinal meningioma. I had already racked up three surgeries but other than a slightly odd walk, I looked like an average college student. A student who maybe sprained her ankle.…

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Fight Stigma & Share Your Story

bipolar art

Over on Youtube, Ellie Kay kindly mentioned this blog to her followers as a place where anyone struggling can share their story. She is a lifestyle and beauty blogger who loved Survival is a Talent’s mission to stories our stories to fight stigma. Not only does sharing your story help you process your own emotions and…

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