Writers With Mental Illness

How I Used Writing To Overcome My Mental Health Struggles

Like many other writers with mental health struggles, using writing to heal has been a huge part of my mental health journey. When my first symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and a dissociative disorder were emerging, I began journaling. To keep from drowning in my emotions, I wrote about my extreme feelings of joy, anger, and…

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Writing To Cope As A Highly Sensitive Person

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As a highly sensitive person, I’ve been told since I was a child that I think too much and I’m too sensitive. If I wasn’t playing outside or watching Olsen twins movies with my sister, I was reading. As I got older, I learned that I was not only a highly-sensitive person, but I was…

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The Women Centric Gothic Horror Novel We’ve Been Waiting For

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Dove Keeper Book Review – 5 out of 5 stars Dove Keeper Summary: Dove Keeper is a gothic horror novel centered on three powerful women who lived in Rennes, France in 1918. The novel is written by Emily Deibler, a dedicated writer, artist, and nerd who explores trauma, grief, abuse, and neurodivergence in her writing.…

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9 Mental Health Christmas Gifts Your Friends Need

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Happy December! With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to put together a list of mental health Christmas gifts that support the mental health community. Whether stories, jewelry, paintings, or accessories, these gifts raise mental health awareness. These products are made by individuals who are hoping to change the way society discusses mental health. These…

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Bipolar Barbie: Let’s Stop Bipolar Disorder Stigma

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I always wanted to change the world. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that I found a cause to devote my life to. The more I struggled and the more I faced the ignorance of bipolar disorder stigma, the more passionate I became. I got sick of people belittling my struggle. I…

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4 Books For Mental Illness That Saved Me

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Books have been a big part of my life ever since I learned to read. However, when depression hit in middle school, they became a lifeline, a way to escape. In the darkest parts of my life, books for mental illness have been there when it felt like no one else understood. Before diagnosis, I…

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Writers, Migraines And Mental Illness

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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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Stigma In Schizophrenia Books: January First Book Review

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Even though I was diagnosed in 2015, I am still learning about myself and my brain illness, schizoaffective disorder. Schizophrenia books like Ben Behind His Voices and The Center Cannot Hold help me understand my symptoms. That’s why I picked up January First by Michael Schofield a few weeks ago at Barnes & Noble. I was…

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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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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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