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Depression triggers come at unexpected times. We need to have quick and simple methods prepared in order to cope with these triggers in a healthy way. When I find myself suddenly faced with a depression trigger, I use the following methods to help me cope.
Almost every time I hear schizoaffective voices, I blame myself for hearing them. I know this doesn’t make sense, and I’m not being fair to myself. It also adds an element of guilt to an already difficult situation.
You may have heard that mindfulness calms anxiety. Sometimes, this can be hard to believe because mindfulness can seem like a trend, like just another passing fad that will soon be replaced by the next craze. Mindfulness has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, so it has long surpassed "trend" status and has established itself as an integral part of wellbeing. Because mindfulness becomes something you do and a way that you are, you can embrace it and, by engaging in mindfulness, you can calm anxiety. 
Have the attitudes and conversations around female body image shifted in the era of #MeToo? Is this movement helping to reinforce how bodies should be viewed and talked about? Has it encouraged women to love, accept, and embrace their own bodies, as opposed to self-deprecation and shame? Will positive changes take root, so that female body image is less distorted in the era of #MeToo?
The arts have played an integral part in my recovery from schizoaffective disorder. It all started with a five-week stay at a treatment center where I received my initial diagnosis. There was a lot of downtime at the center and I was frequently digging through their stash of art supplies. I had frightening visual hallucinations, and found it very therapeutic to draw them. When others could see what I saw, my hallucinations lost their power over me and I felt less isolated. A few drawings and painting turned into many which then turned into a more serious pursuit. Over the next several years I participated in group and solo art shows all across North America. Recovery is full of surprises, and my life was taken in a direction I would have never expected prior to my admission to the treatment center, the place where my recovery journey began.
When online, I generally avoid political discussions. Because so many of them are so prone to devolve into toxic shouting matches, I find it healthier to stay away. Today, however, I’m diving in headfirst. The country is still reeling in the aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, and quite frankly, I’m pissed off. Once again, a certain segment of the population is refusing to budge on any meaningful discussion concerning gun control, and I’m just sick of it. If we don’t have meaningful action on gun control, this country is going to drown in anxiety.
After two instances of sexual abuse, I felt that my sexuality no longer belonged to me. Twice my body was treated as an object to be used by my abusers as they saw fit, first during my childhood at the hands of a family member, then later by a stranger on a train. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I accepted that my sexuality belonged to the men who I slept with and not to me. It took me a long time to confront this truth, and I still haven't deconstructed the many ways that these instances of abuse eventually brought me to my experiences with sex now. I decided to use this blog as a place to explore this. 
When you go away to college for the first time, it can be overwhelming. You might not know many people going to your school, and you won’t know what to expect from classes. Some people drop out of college due to anxiety. Luckily, there are many ways to get through anxiety and excel during the first month of school. Read this article to learn more.
Depression is a common symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After someone goes through a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel sorrow, confusion, and anger--all of which can manifest into depression.

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TJ DeSalvo
I really don't buy into the whole "good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns" argument, and I find it somewhat fascinating that people keep bringing it up. So many recent mass shootings - Parkland, Orlando (I believe), among others - had armed guards on site, and yet the shooter was still able to kill dozens of people in an instant. Not only do I not think adding more armed guards will solve the problem, to be frank, I refuse to live in a world where we have to be constantly surrounded by armed guards just to feel a baseline sense of security. That's exactly what my post was railing against. By doing that, we're sending a message that it's more important to continue to allow the mass proliferation of guns than to enact any sort of common-sense regulation for the safety of the populace at large. I refuse to endorse such a position. In the wake of mass shootings, other nations like Scotland and New Zealand passed meaningful gun control within days. Days. It's now approaching, God help us, seven years since Sandy Hook. Some of those kids are going to be entering junior high and high school. And we've done nothing. Absolutely nothing. If more guns were the solution to end gun violence, we'd already be the safest nation in the history of the world. God knows we're not.
Matt Barkley
"Gun Control" is not as transparent as it may seem. When a law gets passed, everything that is supposed to change does not instantly get fixed. Enacting many laws about drugs stopped people from doing drugs, right? No. Those laws haven't stopped the sale nor the usage of those drugs.
By adding gun laws, the main people who get gun access restricted from them are law-abiding citizens. In Pittsburgh, the local police department did a study on this with the University of Pittsburgh. They analyzed about 900 guns recovered from crimes in 2016 and found that approximately eighty percent of those were not legally those of the person involved in the crime. This rate will likely grow even higher if we ban handguns. The only result of banning guns is the removal of guns from law-abiding citizens. People who want to do wrong with the guns will still find ways to get the guns and do what they wish with said guns; the only difference between now and this hypothetical is that there will be nothing of similar power to stop them. Let's take a school for example. If someone for whatever reason decides to shoot up a school, they will likely try to get their hands on a gun in whatever way possible. Outlawing guns will not stop this, just like drugs, illegal sale and ownership will still happen. The shootings will only become more deadly, because there will be nothing to stop them. You think some rubber balls to throw at a shooter will stop them? No. Not as well as armed campus security will. If we have armed guards at schools and everyone knows it, shooting attempts will be few and far between. Even attempts that do happen will be much lower in casualties, most likely with the shooter as the only one.
So, if proposed laws are about stopping shootings, this is a much easier, more cost-effective, and logical solution.
Rachel
Have been through this same situation . Thankyou so much for telling your story ,not many people are brave enough to oppose the " they are mentally I'll so should be allowed to get away with ANY behaviour " philosophy . The people on the other side are human beings too and it's like no one ever thinks about the psychological and emotional effect on the family members . Our feelings and thoughts are just as valid but it's like everyone bends over backwards for those diagnosed whilst neglecting the needs of those in the fallout
Laura Barton
Hi Connie. That's a great question. You're absolutely right, one of the ways stigma works is by silencing discussion of mental illness by presenting it in such a negative light that people are afraid to open up. While romanticizing mental illness does facilitate the conversation, it paints an unrealistic image of what mental illness is. When romanticized, it's typically shown as this idealistic form of the illness that's neat and easier to understand and manage, but mental illness is messy. It's not always going to look like tears streaming down cheeks or a romantic hero struggling with what's going on in his or her mind. Such a narrow view of mental illness can contribute to stigma and silence people because they feel like they don't fit in that box. In addition, others can feel like the person with mental illness should fit in that box, and when they don't, they're accused of faking or embellishing their illness. I hope that helps clear up my views on this a bit more.

In case you haven't come across them, here are a couple of blogs I've written on this topic:

https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/survivingmentalhealthstigma/2015/11/romanticizing-mental-illnesses-feeds-mental-health-stigma

https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/survivingmentalhealthstigma/2019/3/stop-romanticizing-suicide

I happy to chat about this more if you have other questions. :)
Nancy
Thank you for your post!!! I relate! Sorry to have your company in this challenge. Never give up hope! Feels better to hear from someone with same life challenges and heartbreak! Stay strong! We loving, caring parents do the best we know how despite judgement felt from others that don't know what it is like to be in our world. We feel judged by parents that don't understand our challenge because they have a much different experience caring for their children. It is out of our control. It is in God's plan and or up to the child to comply with treatment plan to help themselves. You so badly want to fix it for them, but you can't. It is not like an ear infection that gets better with bubble gum medicine in a day like you wish! All you can do is try your best with resources available and love them. If parents are tired of dealing with their issues then the children must feel more tired😪 Recovery is possible! I have seen it. It is not a straight road. It has curves, bumps and uturns. My son is 28 and doing fairly well now and very helpful to me. He is my best friend. I have another child that has also struggled in a different way. It can skip a generation. Going to have another glass of wine now. Best wishes to all that struggle. Praying for all that struggle every night!