Writers With Mental Illness

32 Coping Skills For Anxiety And Depression

coping skills for anxiety

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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Writing With Depression And Anxiety

anxiety and anger

Art and Identity It’s a strange thing to consider yourself a vessel for stories; it might not be so strange when, in school, you’ve been called a hard worker, a bit of a loner, but one who always meets deadlines and goes above expectations. (Is this a humble brag?) Anyhow, this tends to conjure up…

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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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6 Chilling Mental Illness Artworks

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Sometimes words aren’t enough. As a writer with a mental illness, I know this truth well. It is frustrating trying to shrink my vague feelings into words. How many times can I describe depression as a deep dark hole? How many times can I refer to my anxiety as pins and needles? Even those words…

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How My Mental Illness Fuels Me To Help Others

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get free counseling). But I knew something was up for a while. Looking back, I recall being about five and bursting into tears seemingly out of nowhere. I asked…

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When Anxiety Turns To Anger

anxiety and anger

I am an anxious person. I am an angry person. Every time I drive I find myself screeching against the windows, pounding the wheel under my white knuckles as I hurl expletives and my eyes bulge out of my head. Somehow, perversely, my anger is fuller when other people are in the car. My fury…

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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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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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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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