If you were to ask me 10 years ago where I would be at 25, "I don't know if I'll make it to 25." My mental illness (diagnosed as depression, anxiety & OCD) has been a shadow following me since I was 12. I remember the first time I thought there might be something wrong… Continue reading What do you mean I might not be mentally ill?
*Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional and in no way am encouraging others to try any of the products/supplements I mention until they consult with their doctor. Recently I've drastically changed what I'm consuming. Not to say I was eating complete garbage before...but I wasn't eating what my body needed. I'd fill my body… Continue reading Why Changing What I Eat is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For My Mental Health
I've experienced and struggled with anxiety since I was a child. Through lots of research and trial and error, I've found strategies and remedies for managing it. *Note: These remedies aren't in replacement of medications, they simply may aid in highly anxious times. I use these remedies on top of my medication as "spot treatment."… Continue reading My Top 3 Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Worst. Feeling. Ever. Am I right? I don't often miss my medication but, when I do, I sure do feel it. My head feels like electric shocks are pulsing through my synapses and my stomach feels like it's being shredded. I feel exhausted no matter how much sleep I get. I'm irritable, angry and impossible… Continue reading How to Survive When You Miss Your Medication
Christmas, although a cheerful time, can be especially stressful for those struggling with mental illness. It's a time where there are numerous social expectations, alcohol (depressant) is easily accessible and may be part of family traditions, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is at a high as the world feels terribly cold and dark. Loneliness during… Continue reading How to Support People With Mental Illness During The Christmas Season
So recently I saw a naturopath who gave me a solid meal plan consisting of mostly vegetables, protein and healthy fats. What the meal plan didn't contain was pizza. I miss pizza. Instead of eating an entire pizza I figured I'd write about it. Pizza isn' it's own food group. Like why? Does it have… Continue reading Why It’s so Hard to Eat Healthy
Coming down with a cold or flu sucks. Am I right? But, coming down with a cold or flu and then having your mental health flare up is almost unbearable. Not only are you now experiencing both physical and mental illness symptoms, but you may be having trouble caring for yourself due to an increase… Continue reading How to cope when physical illness exacerbates mental illness.
Note: I am in no way trying to disrespect Doctors who work in family practice, I appreciate the work they do and believe there are good doctors. I saw a naturopathic doctor for the first time a few days ago. I booked the appointment in hopes that she would be able to help me live… Continue reading My Naturopath Experience