Writers With Mental Illness

Bipolar Barbie: Let’s Stop Bipolar Disorder Stigma

bipolar disorder stigma

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

books for mental illness

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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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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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

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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Why Finding Happiness Was Easier (And Harder) Than I Thought

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Not too long ago, I had doubts. Doubts about who I was, what I did in this world, why I was here and if others would love me for being myself, just because… I got so frustrated thinking that I was doing things wrong, convinced that there was something I needed to improve. There had to be something I needed to change for…

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Self-Care Challenge 5: Medication Tracker

medication tracker

Don’t Make The Same Mistakes I Did! I first started taking prescription medication in high school. I took Paxil for depression. Paxil has a short half-life, meaning that if you forget to take it or stop taking it suddenly, you will have unpleasant side effects very quickly. I didn’t know this. I experienced side effects…

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Self-Care Challenge 4: Let’s Get Physical!

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When it comes to self-care, I tend to focus on the mind and spirit. I forget the importance of caring for my body. When I do talk about physical activity, the focus is on how exercise helps the mind by warding off depression, relieving stress, and keeping us mindful. But what about the physical benefits?…

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Self-Care Challenge 1: Personal Hygiene

Health Storylines has chosen me to be a brand ambassador for their Self Care Challenge initiative! Being a brand ambassador means that I will be posting self-care challenges. I’m super excited about this first challenge because it’s all about personal hygiene! To follow along with me, make sure to set up a free account with…

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6 Chilling Mental Illness Artworks

mental illness art

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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