Writers With Mental Illness

32 Coping Skills For Anxiety And Depression

coping skills for anxiety

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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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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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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How To Ease Monkey Mind

I first heard the term “Monkey Mind” when I was reading a book a few years ago. The term sounded strange to me, but the description resonated. I did some research and discovered that the term was coined by Buddhists. According to BJ Gallagher, “Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping…

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Next Steps After A Mental Illness Diagnosis

next steps after a mental illness diagnosis

The act of sitting in a psychiatrist’s office is terrifying in and of itself. Receiving a mental illness diagnosis just makes it worse. What am I doing here? You might think. How did I get here? Admitting that you are struggling is only the first step. Once you get the courage to speak up (and please…

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Self-Care Challenge 2: Mindfulness

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I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… up until recently, I had no idea what being mindful meant. I don’t like meditating, and I do yoga occasionally, but it honestly irritates me. These popular practices seemed to be the only ways to achieve mindfulness. I’ve read in so many self-help books that being…

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6 Chilling Mental Illness Artworks

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Sometimes words aren’t enough. As a memoirist who writes about my mental illness, I know this truth well. It is frustrating trying to shrink vague feelings into words. That’s one of the reasons why art is so important. Being able to capture a feeling on paper is not easy, but once an artist is able…

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How My Mental Illness Fuels Me To Help Others

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get free counseling). But I knew something was up for a while. Looking back, I recall being about five and bursting into tears seemingly out of nowhere. I asked…

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What Not To Do When School Makes You Stress

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I was sitting in my chair by the window working on my essay for American Lit when an ad popped up on my computer. You know, one of those websites that write your school paper for you. This semester is my first time being back in school since Spring of 2016. I’ve experienced a lot…

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