Writers With Mental Illness

8 Healing Crystals For Writers Block

The jury is still out on whether or not crystals work. That is to say that some argue for and some argue against. Like pretty much everything else, there are those who are vehemently against them and those who understand they’re a harmless hobby that can enrich the lives of writers. It doesn’t really matter to…

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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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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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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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