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There’s been much in the way of discussion regarding “toxic” cultural practices, toxic masculinity being the most prominent. “Toxic positivity,” though far less culturally prominent, is also receiving its due attention, and I couldn’t be happier. A culture of toxic positivity poses an active threat to the well-being of anyone who is mentally ill.
Of late, I have been struggling to function throughout the day - from waking up to eating on time, everything seems like an arduous chore. I turned to Google for an answer and it seems like I have something called 'low-functioning depression'. Now I had heard of the term 'high-functioning depression', but never this term. After further browsing, it then dawned on me that low-functioning depression wasn't an anomaly, it just wasn't talked about nearly half as much as high-functioning depression. I wondered how many depressed people must feel inadequate because they are not high-functioning, so I decided to write a post about low-functioning depression.
Speaking openly about mental illness helps, but one thing I know for certain is that ''talking about your feelings'' cannot cure a diagnosable mental illness. To purport this idea is reductive and shows a deep-rooted misunderstanding of the complex physiological roots of psychiatric conditions. However, through supporting my brother in his experiences with anxiety and depression, I have come to appreciate that talking openly about emotions does play an extremely important role in a family where mental illness is present.
If you've quit therapy for mental illness in the past, have you ever asked yourself if it's time to go back to therapy? I've asked that question of myself recently. I've had so much therapy it would make your psychology spin, but I've been out of therapy for about 10 years now. I'm a believer in therapy for everyone, I just thought I was no longer benefitting from it at that time. But are there signs that mean it's time to go back to therapy for mental illness?
Our collective anxiety about the world is skyrocketing. Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses worldwide, and the United States is the most anxious nation, with a higher percentage of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders than in any other country. Further, the experience of anxiety in the United States is on the rise, with more...
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intimate relationships don't always go well together. On top of that, dating when you are in your 20s is tough. Finding people to date in real life is next to impossible, and online dating can be a fiasco. If you ask around, you'll find that many people in their 20s know and understand this struggle--myself being one of them. What most people don't understand, however, is how much more difficult dating and forming intimate relationships can be when you're suffering from PTSD.
New experiences can bolster self-esteem. I learned this first-hand this week when I received training on new technology for managing my type 1 diabetes. As exciting as it is to be on the cutting edge, my ancient VCR is still unconnected since my recent move because I can't figure out how to attach it to my new cable box. New technology is challenging for me and I was nervous about going in for my training. I am still a bit anxious today as I continue to learn on the job, so to speak, but every day I see tiny little improvements in my diabetes control, and it keeps me motivated. This new experience is strengthening my self-esteem, bit by bit.
Why is a schedule an important part of coping with anxiety?
This is the story of how I began a lifestyle of kindness. I befriended a homeless family, talked to strangers in the airport, and learned to get out of my comfort zone. 

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Mahevash Shaikh
I am sorry to hear that, Ravi. It must be hard to lose your job for no fault of your own. Yes, there needs to be more mental health awareness and empathy in general at workplaces around the world. We are not machines, we are not resources, we are people. Real people with real problems need to be accommodated instead of discriminated against. It's disgusting and downright inhumane to not be inclusive in this day and age.
Ravi
I lost my job recently due to low-functioning depression. I am freelancing as that's what I can handle. Shame most workplaces care about productivity more than being human.
Tina
I *just* came across this article/post in my Facebook feed not more than three hours after I had been contemplating this exact question. I saw my psychologist for 9 years for a mix of serious mental health issues when I decided about 1.5 years ago that I felt ready to face the world 'out there' on my own, using the wisdom imparted on me and the tools to handle certain situaitons that previously would leave me trembling. That said, for the past few months, it feels as if my coping skills aren't helping out as much as they used to and my emotional health is not doing well. The lack of my ability to use coping skills in a somewhat successful manner (its not always going to happen of course), is a warning sign for me that something isn't quite right. I started to write an email reaching out to my psychologist (again, whom I haven't seen for 1.5 years now) but then never sent it thinking that maybe I wasn't 'bad enough' to justify going back. I did eventually reach out to my psychiatrist (whom I already see four times a year for my medication checks) to see if maybe its a medication issue or see if he thinks going back to therapy would help. As of now, I am still waiting for a call back to see if I can get in for an appt. HIs schedule is typically pretty difficult to get into in the near term, so maybe if I can't, I'll take seeing your post as a sign that I'm simply supposed to do what my gut initially told me to do, and that's to go see my psychologist - if only for a quick mental health tune-up. Thank you for your post.
Lizanne Corbit
Yahoo, I love this read! This is so incredibly true. From smaller things to bigger things, taking on new experiences can do amazing things for our overall self-esteem, confidence, and even our sense of security and empowerment. We begin to replace old stories with new ones that shift our perspective and lift us up!
Lizanne Corbit
This is such an important topic to discuss! Yes, we want to be informed citizens, but the majority of the news is extremely fear-based and this can leave many of us with heightened anxiety. I think it's so important for conversations like these to be taking place so that we can realize we are not the only ones who experience "news-anxiety", and to also call out the bias. As you said, the news is rarely ever neutral and keeping this in perspective can provide an element of space and relief.