Writers With Mental Illness

The Constant Speed Of Discomfort

driving anxiety

I still hate driving. It’s been this way for a while now- my left hand gripping the steering wheel, my right fumbling through radio stations in the dark as the streetlights on either side stretch out to my car, pulling me forward. The night sky through my sunroof is so much prettier than the dirt…

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Inside My Life With An Eating Disorder

eating disorder stories

My Eating Disorder & OCD I read the headline of an article that pretty much said, “How Can Someone Obsessed With Food Be Anorexic?”  I am now recovering from my eating disorder, and I can tell you that I was and still am OBSESSED with food.  When I got down to my lowest weight, all…

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What It’s Like Coming Out

bisexual pride

They ask, “What was it like coming out?”  I ask, “Which time?” The first time, I was twelve. I tried to tell my mother I was bisexual and she sat me down and told me I was “too young.” She said that I could be gay or straight, but that I could not be bisexual because…

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How Travel Freed My Caged Body and Mind

chronic illness and traveling

All chronic illness sufferers know the heart-wrenching impact of watching the person they once were fade into oblivion. As your symptoms take hold of your body and mind, simple pleasures that you once enjoyed can become completely unachievable. As a child, there was no stopping me. There wasn’t a sports team, dance club, or outdoor…

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What Hypomania Feels Like

what mania feels like

All at once, the hypomania is here, her nails digging into my shoulder. First, my energy spikes. I’m excited and hopeful, but I’m irritable and angry at the same time. My head is flooded with ideas. I’m on my soapbox telling joke after joke or monologuing about a theory I have (which is likely delusional),…

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A Photo Diary of Schizophrenia Hallucinations

fish wearing a gas mask

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 Symptoms of Schizophrenia Look 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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