Feeling misunderstood is one of the most difficult and painful things for people with mental illness. It’s difficult for most everyone, but sometimes our mental illness can make the misunderstanding even more complicated and can even contribute to mental health stigma. Has it ever happened to you? Some event transpires and you are clearly misunderstood by another person, or a group of people? Have you experienced a misunderstanding that has contributed to mental health stigma? Keep reading »

Feeling powerless or lacking control hurts your self-esteem and it interferes with your quality of life. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While you can’t always control your circumstances, you can certainly change your actions or thoughts about a situation. You have much more power than you realise and it’s up to you to take control of your life. Keep reading »

One book every person with a trauma-related mental illness should have is, I Can’t Get Over It by Dr. Aphrodite Matsakis. In the book, Matsakis talks about “victim thinking,” a common reaction for trauma survivors. “Victim thinking reflects the feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, defilement, and betrayal often experienced during trauma and afterwards,” she writes. “It can include the low self-esteem that often results from self-blame, survivor guilt, and societal stigmatization.” Keep reading »

We are all unique but low self-esteem signs can look similar in most people. Regardless of our differences, those of who struggle with low self-esteem react to similar situations and have many of the same negative thinking patterns. Although these six signs of low self-esteem aren’t the only ones to look out for, they are very common for those who are suffering from low self-esteem. Keep reading »

When people who self-harms feel the need to harm their bodies, they typically turn to the same coping skills they use on a daily basis to stop the urge. Many people listen to music or use deep breathing to help maintain composure when feeling uneasy. Going for a walk or writing down thoughts can be helpful when handling the urge to self-harm. However, sometimes turning to the same coping skills can be just as frustrating as the urge itself when those coping skills don’t always work. Unique self-harm alternatives like massage and acupuncture can help stop self-harm. Keep reading »

Lots of people with mental health disorders, such as binge eating disorder, don’t just suffer from one mental illness. Comorbidity is a term used to describe when two or more chronic illnesses are present in the same person. While not everyone has this problem, lots of people do suffer from binge eating disorder and other mental health disorders. For instance, I have binge eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Sometimes, one mental health disorder can aggravate the other and it can make dealing with binge eating disorder all the more complicated. Keep reading »

While it’s something that many people don’t want to talk about, sex matters to people. Sexual function and sexual desire can be important parts of a person’s life, particularly if he or she is in a relationship. And, unfortunately, what we know is that combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects a veteran’s sexual desire and sexual function in negative ways. In fact, some studies have showed such a correlation between sexual dysfunction and PTSD that some have proposed making it an official, diagnostic criteria. Keep reading »

For the past few months, I have struggled to accept my gender identity and the fact that I am genderqueer. I’ve been having a hard time trying to label my gender identity, especially since our society puts only two labels to gender: man or woman. Thanks to the social websites like Tumblr, though, I am starting to see that there are other people just like me out there.

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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. Keep reading »

I assume that many of you read these types of blogs because you are still a victim, hoping beyond hope that there is something you can do to make your mate treat you well. However, the longer you read information on the effects of verbal abuse, the more you come to realize that you cannot make your mate treat you well, so it cannot be your fault when s/he treats you poorly. What you need to read about is the effects of verbal abuse and how they hurt me.
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