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
Lately, I've been making some hard decisions. Decisions, I quite frankly, wish I didn't have to make. Decisions that I wish the depression could make for me. I mean it takes up my entire body anyways. Making decisions when you have anxiety and depression is light fighting a fight you aren't even sure you want to… Continue reading How to Make Hard Decisions
Spoken word poetry (specifically by Andrea Gibson) is one of my greatest influences in my writing. I've been a fan of Gibson for years. Gibsons' poems are my number 1 favourite purely because of the emotion, the shaking voice, the honesty of it all. Aside from the spoken part, the writing is absolutely chilling. With… Continue reading Top 3 Spoken Word Poems by Andrea Gibson
I changed my blog name. I hope to not do this too many times. But, I've always had trouble with commitment. My old blog title Mentally Not Quite Well implied that I was sick, and that anyone reading my posts who can relate must also be unwell. While I think it was a clever name, it… Continue reading The Reason For the New Blog Name?
Taking medication for mental illness has always been a struggle for me. Not because I think it makes me weak, but because I know most of society thinks so. I'd like to raise the argument that taking medication isn't for the weak, but for the fighters, the people ready to battle the side effects, judgement… Continue reading Medication and Mental Illness
When I wrote my first book Waves, a poetry book surrounding my experiences with mental illness, (Purchase here) I found it incredibly hard to stay inspired and motivated. It took me years (more than 5...) to compile all of the poems, edit, format, hire an artist and get the books made. My problem wasn't that I… Continue reading Staying Inspired When Struggling