TJ DeSalvo
I am now living alone, and almost every one of my family and friends do not live close to me anymore. For that reason, I am used to doing almost everything by myself, because I have no other choice. But being alone by necessity has made me forget that just being in the presence of another person can be a great source of anxiety relief.
Annabelle Clawson
You probably have friends or family members who deal with mental illness. And you probably want to help them. You just might not know how. That is okay. It's normal to be hesitant about how to support someone with a mental illness, especially if you don't experience the same things yourself. You don't want to do anything wrong or say something that will trigger them. Here are a few general ways you can help.
Megan Griffith
Impulsivity is a symptom of many mental illnesses, from borderline personality disorder (BPD) to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and more. Unlike other symptoms, such as anxiety or apathy, impulsivity is still highly stigmatized and is often portrayed as being immature or careless rather than being a symptom of mental illness. Although impulsivity can definitely cause issues in your life, I would also argue that there are some hidden benefits of impulsivity.
Martyna Halas
Self-harm causes are hard to define. After all, each person is unique, and so is their emotional pain. However, the way we cope with difficult situations as adults often corresponds to our childhood experiences. Learning about the so-called early maladaptive schemas could help us address some of the unresolved issues that drive us toward self-injury.
Alixzandria Paige
Everyone has different coping methods that they choose to use, and it can sometimes seem like not all coping mechanisms are as helpful as others. There might come a time when you have to come to terms with and accept a loved one's preferred coping method. This is the story of a time I went through that situation.
Laura A. Barton
Mental illnesses can have destructive behaviors that accompany them, and these behaviors can often be difficult to understand and, like mental health in general, cloaked in stigma. Because of that, addressing destructive behaviors linked to mental illness can be a challenge, but it's an important part of showing support to those who struggle.
Natasha Tracy
COVID-19 vaccine refusal could be related to depression. I know there might not seem to be a link there, but I suspect there is. Depression could affect how a person feels about getting a vaccine for a number of reasons, and it may lead all the way up to vaccine refusal thanks to depression.
Jennifer Lear
I have an idea for a children's book, but anxiety-induced procrastination is in the way. I've been saying for years that I want to write a book, and last week inspiration struck. I am telling you this because I know that if I don't, the idea will remain just that: an idea. And I will continue to be what I've been for years: someone who says they want to write a book, writes a few chapters, then leaves them to gather dust in a long-forgotten folder on a laptop. I am a pathological procrastinator, but I believe I have found a way to tackle my anxiety-induced procrastination and share it here in the hopes that it will help you, too.
Kim Berkley
It's easy to write off jewelry—of any kind—as a frivolous fashion statement, pretty but shallow. In the case of self-harm recovery jewelry, however, the meaning runs much deeper than that.
Elizabeth Caudy
The medication cocktail I take is far from perfect. For one thing, it doesn’t stop my schizoaffective anxiety from remaining a disabling challenge. For another, my antipsychotic causes a ridiculous amount of weight gain. So you’d think that when I learned about a new antipsychotic on the market, I’d jump at the chance to try it. I’m not jumping. Here’s why.

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I must also have a situational depression: a dog about to die, a husband living in his own world, the forced isolation of covid since last year, a degenerating health problem in my knees... and no one to talk about. It's just overwhelming and consuming but I keep looking how to scape from all this.
Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
Hi Theresa,

Thank you for reaching out with your concerns. I am sorry to hear about your niece's struggles with mental health. Please see our list of resources and hotline numbers ( for more information on where to seek help for your niece in the area you live.

Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
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Often times I find myself down, and though it's not that often, in a way if feels often. I feel that my depression is situational because of many life changes that I am currently going through, and have gone through. What I feel is causing this depression is my current situation which is being unemployed due to getting fired from my job for a criminal charge that I got about a year back which is something I didn't even do. This struggle affects me directly and puts me in a negative situation. The first thing that comes to my mind in preventing situational depression from affecting me more and more is that I like to look within myself, and not be too hard on myself. Yes we must attain responsibility for our actions, and the those effects. We must also take responsibility for how we deal with other situations that we don't directly bring unto ourselves. Doing this allows me to understand that there is a problem, but at the end of the day that I am just a human being, who just like anyone else has feelings and emotions that are tentative to change due to life and its changes. After I understand there is a problem I like to think of why it is bringing problems to my life and dissect it fully until I am able to understand all of the minor and major elements of it. This allows me to focus on the little things which can carry just a significant effect as the big ones. Last but not least, I like to learn from that situation and find a way to prevent myself from going through that situation again while thinking of the past which caused it and dealing with it, understanding what I can do in the present, and thinking that I will do anything I can in my power to not deal with something like that in the future. Along doing all of this I try to give myself time for myself, time in which I 100% do not think of the situation so I don't keep getting depressed. I also recommend to go to one of your favorite places to go and just take a breather, and be by yourself because at the end of the day you have to be by yourself to truly understand yourself and love yourself and in doing so you realize what is truly best for you and how to get to where you want to be. I hope this helps, and it may not be the best advice but it doesn't hurt to try.
Theresa Doty
I need help with my niece she has serious mental issue and haven't taken her meds for sometime now I had the cop to pick her up they took her to life first in Elizabethtown Kentucky and for some damn reason they let her back out within a couple of hours and plus she is homeless with nowhere to live.
Lizanne Corbit
Anything that is healthy and shown to help someone in their recovery is something that should be taken seriously. Self-harm jewelry can be extremely useful and empowering for many who use it. Wonderful suggestion to purchase from independent sellers and those who support mental health.