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?
I always look forward to #BellLetsTalk day. A day where everyone makes kind posts and offers their support and love for those who struggle with mental illness. Seeing all of the inspiring pictures and glimpses into the lives of friends and acquaintances I didn't know struggle(d) makes me feel both comfort and heartbreak in knowing I'm… Continue reading #BellLetsTalk
With the holidays coming up I think it's really important to raise awareness of the struggles introverts, people with mental health issues or just anyone who feels overwhelmed by Christmas parties and events. *Written from the POV of a person who is both an introvert and struggles with mental illness. I'm Sad: Christmas is a hard… Continue reading Why I Disappear at Christmas Events
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