Writers With Mental Illness

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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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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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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How To Cope With Body And Food Shaming

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For those recovering from eating disorders or disordered eating, it can be tough being around other people who are actively on diets, have an unhealthy relationship with food, or people who regularly body shame others. I’ve been recovering from disordered eating for over a year, and over the past year, I’ve learned the recovery process…

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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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Increase Your Productivity Without Compromising Your Health

Why Can’t We Focus? Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all busy people. We have things that we’d like to get done and (hopefully) we understand that the time we have to do so is extremely limited. The only way to get all of the things that we want to get…

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The Ultimate List of Disability Scholarships

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School can be difficult for everyone. Students with disabilities deal with added stressors in addition to the demands of their classes. Disability scholarships give us that extra boost we need to succeed. I have to take this upcoming year off of school because I can’t afford to go, so I’ve been combing through The Ultimate…

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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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Why Finding Happiness Was Easier (And Harder) Than I Thought

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Not too long ago, I had doubts. Doubts about who I was, what I did in this world, why I was here and if others would love me for being myself, just because… I got so frustrated thinking that I was doing things wrong, convinced that there was something I needed to improve. There had to be something I needed to change for…

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Next Steps After A Mental Illness Diagnosis

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The act of sitting in a psychiatrist’s office is terrifying in and of itself. Receiving a mental illness diagnosis just makes it worse. What am I doing here? You might think. How did I get here? Admitting that you are struggling is only the first step. Once you get the courage to speak up (and please…

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