Writers With Mental Illness

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

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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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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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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Fight Stigma & Share Your Story

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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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What Hypomania Feels Like

what mania feels like

All at once, the hypomania is here, her nails digging into my shoulder. First, my energy spikes. I’m excited and hopeful, but I’m irritable and angry at the same time. My head is flooded with ideas. I’m on my soapbox telling joke after joke or monologuing about a theory I have (which is likely delusional),…

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