Writers With Mental Illness

6 Ways To Deal With Writer’s Fatigue

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Writer’s fatigue comes in many forms. I used to write almost every day, but now that I write for work, my personal projects have fallen to the wayside. At the end of the day, my right hand is cramping, my back hurts, and my neck aches. Sure, some of this is simply anxiety, but some of it…

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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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Admitting When Marriage Counseling Is Needed

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Relationship Counseling Can Be Beneficial To Everyone All relationships could use some counseling once in a while because everyone goes through rough patches. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a counselor. In fact, it might even point to a brighter future. Marriage counseling is one of the many types of counseling available, and it’s clear that…

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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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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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Why Chronic Illness Recovery Is Messy (And What To Do About It)

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A few weeks ago, I saw my therapist and we talked about my chronic illness recovery. To my surprise, she told me I’ve been stable since last August. That’s almost a year. And while I know I’ve made a lot of progress, it doesn’t always feel that way. Sliding Back Into Old Habits Just this morning,…

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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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The App That Reminds Me I’m Not Alone

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I was diagnosed with a mental illness eight years ago. Asking for help has gotten easier, but I still dislike it. Whether I need a ride or a few extra bucks, I resent it. Ever since my diagnosis, my life has been filled with prescription medications and doctor appointments. Coping with the mood swings of…

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Self-Care Challenge 5: Medication Tracker

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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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