Writers With Mental Illness

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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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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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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The Upcoming Nonprofit For Students With Schizophrenia

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There are not many organizations out there that focus on empowering college students with a chronic illness, especially those that focus on symptoms of schizophrenia. That’s why when I heard about the upcoming nonprofit Students With Schizophrenia (SWS), I was so excited to know that there is an organization specifically focused on helping those of us…

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10 Must-See Movies About Mental Illness

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Movies about mental illness educate and help fight stigma (if they depict it respectfully and accurately). I sort of having a running list in my mind of movies about mental illness. When I’m feeling extra alone in my symptoms, I pick one of the movies to remind myself that I am not alone. On top…

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Living With Schizophrenia

Imagine this, an 18-year-old lad with budding schizophrenia, who, as a gardener, had a closer friendship with soil than with so much of the wild world, and who left the sixties music behind him in the 1990’s because of a love for the music of Russian composers Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. This was the complexity of a…

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Ignorance About Schizoaffective Disorder Is Dangerous

I’m passionate about sharing my story with schizoaffective disorder. I’m adamant that those who struggle with mental illness should not be ashamed. But I can’t just talk the talk; I have to walk the walk. That means writing about my condition even when I want to hide. I am open about my diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean it’s not awkward.…

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What Is Depression And Psychosis?

300 million people worldwide suffer from a depressive disorder, including major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar disorder, according to The World Health Organization. It’s a crippling mental illness that is one of the leading causes of disability. It wasn’t really a surprise to find out I had depression. I’d had symptoms since I was…

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A Photo Diary of Schizophrenia Hallucinations

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Author’s note: If you have experience schizophrenia hallucinations, paranoia, or get scared easily, these pictures might be triggering. I am not sharing this to scare people, but to raise awareness, explain my “odd” behavior, and de-stigmatize my illness. I want others to know it’s OK to share their experiences, too, no matter how odd or scary they…

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This Is Not What Schizophrenia Looks Like

I was in a small white room sitting in a chair bolted to the floor. A woman sat in front of me with a clipboard, asking me questions about my symptoms; her straight, black hair falling over her face as she looked down to take notes. A voice seemed to reach out to me from…

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