Writers With Mental Illness

8 Healing Crystals For Writers Block

The jury is still out on whether or not crystals work. That is to say that some argue for and some argue against. Like pretty much everything else, there are those who are vehemently against them and those who understand they’re a harmless hobby that can enrich the lives of writers. It doesn’t really matter to…

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Writers, Migraines And Mental Illness

migraines and mental illness

I’ve experienced headaches since Elementary school, but it wasn’t until middle school that I began to get migraines. Migraines and mental illness eerily popped up as a package deal in 7th grade. Amid feelings of worthlessness and fatigue, it felt like my head was in a vice that was slowly being squeezed tighter and tighter until…

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Bipolar Writers: 6 Tips To Finish Writing Projects

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Like many bipolar writers (and neurotypical writers), my writing life has been filled with doubt and indecision. I had my own set of rules that constituted what it meant to be a “real” writer. Even after being published in anthologies and starting my freelance writing career, I felt like a fraud, mentally keeping a list…

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How To Deal With Writing Snobs

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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