Writers With Mental Illness

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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32 Coping Skills For Anxiety And Depression

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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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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Host And Alters

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Have you ever woken up to a natural disaster? Tornado sirens, an earthquake, rising flood waters? That is what it’s like for me, an alter, to “wake up” and suddenly have control of our body. While I am generally aware of what’s going on, my presence tends to be limited to a “passive influence,” helping…

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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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