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Three Things Those Affected By Suicide Should Know

Three Things Those Affected By Suicide Should Know

There are three things those affected by suicide should know. When someone makes that heart-rending painful final decision to end his/her life, those left behind suffer from horrific grief and loss. Guilt is common, as is depression, anger, and denial. In order to help with that pain, here are three things those affected by suicide should know.

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Have a Heartbeat? Well, You’re Crazy Too!

Have a Heartbeat? Well, You’re Crazy Too!

OK. First, I am not insinuating that those of us living with a mental illness are crazy. Usually, we are not. What I am stating, is that too often it is assumed we are crazy. People hear the words “mentally ill” and sometimes they instinctively picture things like: homelessness, drooling, talking at inappropriate times or not talking at all, dirty bathrobes, dark hospital corridors and a trembling body.

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Please, Stop Telling Us What Medications We Should or Should Not Take!

Please, Stop Telling Us What Medications We Should or Should Not Take!

The title of this blog implies that I will be focusing on people in our lives who–for the most part–do not live with a mental illness. These people like to give us advice on what medications we need to take or tell us we don’t need to take medication at all. It’s confusing and, frankly, a real piss off.

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Mental Illness: Understanding Rational and Irrational Fears

Mental Illness: Understanding Rational and Irrational Fears

This morning, coffee in hand, I tried to think of a topic that might be a little bit easy to write. It’s one of those days. And then this idea springs from somewhere in my mind that is clearly more awake than I am. It’s not going to be the easiest–I know this as I write these words–but it’s something I have never explored before and, well, I guess it’s about time.

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Please, Do Not Tell Me To ‘Have a Hot Bath’ When I Can’t Sleep!

Please, Do Not Tell Me To ‘Have a Hot Bath’ When I Can’t Sleep!

WARNING: A decent amount of sarcasm within this post. But it’s relevant, I promise you, sort of—I do.

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Being a Mental Health Patient: Swallowing Your Pride

Being a Mental Health Patient: Swallowing Your Pride

I was not sure what to title this post but the word pride came to mind. So, what is the theme here? Well, I was on my way to visit my lovely psychiatrist and I started thinking…

What Is It Like Being a Mental Health Patient?

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Consistently Irritated? Well, You Must Be Mentally Ill!

Consistently Irritated? Well, You Must Be Mentally Ill!

I really want the title to read like this: “Consistently Irritated? Well, You Must Be Mentally Ill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

In Big Red Font. Bright red. Like flames.

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Is “The Pink Elephant” Connected to Mental Illness?

Is “The Pink Elephant” Connected to Mental Illness?

This is pretty straight forward-I think.”The Pink Elephant” can represent our mental illness. Nobody can see it, but we know that it’s there.

Can You Define The Meaning of the “Pink Elephant?”

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Mental Illness: Let’s Stop Feeling Bad For Ourselves!

Mental Illness: Let’s Stop Feeling Bad For Ourselves!

I was sitting on my patio about an hour ago. I live across the road from an elementary school. Children were doing what they do best: Screaming and throwing things. Ruining my first coffee.

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Feeling Disconnected

Feeling Disconnected

I am certain many people can relate to this topic when connected to mental illness. In my life, feeling disconnected from people occurred at times that defined large changes in my life–when coming to terms with diagnosis, working to recover, and finally to reach a level of acceptance.

Before Diagnosis

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