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When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue

What do you do when grief becomes a mental health issue? Recently I lost a friend to suicide, and it made me think of all the other losses I’ve suffered. Two memories stand out in my mind–the death of my maternal grandfather to cancer and the death of my paternal grandmother to a stroke. One was a mental health issue, the other was not. There are several things people can do when grief becomes a mental health issue.

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A Letter to Rand Paul re: Disability Benefits for Mental Illness

A Letter to Rand Paul re: Disability Benefits for Mental Illness

Dear Senator Paul:

I understand that you think I and people like me are “gaming the system” because we’re receiving disability benefits for mental illness. I also understand that you claim you were quoted out of context and that some people do deserve disability, but the able-bodied don’t. I’ve seen both videos, and you didn’t say anything about mental illness. Logically, that means you think people with severe mental illness should not receive disability. Let me inform you about the realities of mental illness and disability benefits.

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On My Bad Days I Hallucinate: What Mental Illness Isn’t

On My Bad Days I Hallucinate: What Mental Illness Isn’t

When my COBRA expired, I sought insurance (particularly to pay for mental health services), only to be denied because my mental illness was considered a pre-existing condition. Desperate, I turned to a Christian health pool, and asked if they covered mental illness. I was told that everyone has a bad day and that I should use herbs. I bit my tongue to avoid saying, “On my bad days I hallucinate.” Mental illness is not a “bad day.”

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Catastrophic Thinking: A Lesson Learned From A Video Game

Catastrophic Thinking: A Lesson Learned From A Video Game

Sometimes, I suffer from catastrophic thinking. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but recently I fell for the old “one million Neopoints” scam. For those of you not familiar with Neopets.com, it’s an addictive site in which you own a pet and play games with it. The “one million Neopoints” scam is against the site’s Terms Of Service. As a result of my stupidity, my account of 10 years may be frozen, causing me to lose everything I worked for. And equally embarrassing to admit, this has caused me a great deal of stress. I’ve had nightmares about it. I even have a surgical procedure scheduled in February and the Neopets thing is stressing me out more. This is typical for my borderline personality disorder (BPD)–just about anything can seem like the end of the world, like a catastrophe.

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