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Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

If you have to deal with your mental illness in the workplace, you know the difficulty in being open about it. Here's how I communicate my triggers at work.You can’t turn off your mental illness in the workplace. I am a server. Although this pays the bills, it triggers a lot of an emotional and physical stress. Unfortunately, almost all of us will have to find some sort of income to survive in today’s society, but what happens when you’re faced with the constant pressure and stress of having a mental illness in the workplace?

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Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression killed Chester Bennington, but his lost battle with depression doesn't make him weak. Depression can affect anyone, even the celebrities we admire.

Last week, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington died by suicide, just a little over a month after depression killed Chris Cornell. In the wake of a celebrity’s suicide, people often say things like, “It just goes to show that money and fame will never make you happy,” and, “I wonder what drove them to it.” The answer is simple: depression killed Chester Bennington.

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What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

I wish my loved ones knew some things about my mental health, but I haven't been entirely truthful about it. If you love me, here's what I wish you knew.I wish my loved ones knew certain things about my mental health. But explaining mental illness to someone who doesn’t have it can feel impossible, especially when it comes to family members and close friends. We want our loved ones to support us without judgement, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Here’s what I wish my loved ones knew about my mental health.

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Working To Reduce Mental Health Stigma in the News Media

Working To Reduce Mental Health Stigma in the News Media

Working to reduce mental health stigma in the news media is priority one in the new year. Here is a good place to start reducing mental health stigma in 2017.

The new year is approaching quickly and it is a perfect time to discuss working to reduce mental health stigma in the media. Mental health is one of the most relevant topics in present-day society. As a mental health advocate and a young adult with bipolar 2 disorder, the main change I hope to see in mental health in 2017 pertains to the stigma of mental illness. A good place to start reducing mental health stigma is in the news media, addressing its negative portrayal of mental illness.

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Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

In a society that demands a perfect body and a perfect mind, it is no surprise to understand why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder. The lack of knowledge people have about mental health leads to minimal support for those struggling with a mental health condition. This is a challenge for many young adults who receive a diagnosis in which they know little to nothing about. The stigma of mental illness and the treatment for mental health conditions are two main reasons why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder.

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Young Adults Talk About Mental Health in Spite of Stigma

Young Adults Talk About Mental Health in Spite of Stigma

When I came forward about my diagnosis of bipolar II, I saw that, in spite of stigma, young adults talk about mental health. This is not an easy task for people of any age (Coming Out of the Mental Illness Closet). I was told revealing my diagnosis and opening up about mental health would diminish a lot of opportunities for potential careers and relationships in the future. As young adults, we are striving to be independent, find stability and happiness. It is a vulnerable period in life. The pressure of completing our education, finding jobs, and maintaining relationships is stressful and impacts our mental health. Talking about mental health is difficult in spite of stigma. However, many young adults are utilizing social media platforms to open the conversation about mental health and stigma.

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The Unfiltered Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

The Unfiltered Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

The impact of social media on mental health is a topic that the digital generation needs to start discussing. Lets be honest. The images we portray on social media do not consistently represent our authentic selves. Images allow young adults to conceal feelings of despair and depression (The Darker Side of Social Media Affecting Young People). In these moments, or when dealing with a mental disorder, people portray the person that is most appealing to those around them. It is an opportunity to hide from negative emotions behind a screen. The impact of social media on mental health is more relevant than people realize. In many situations, and for some users, social media is used as a barrier in concealing our insecurities and negative emotions.

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Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

As young people seeking help for our mental health issues, sometimes we face unique challenges. I occasionally get criticism from older people telling me that I am just taking myself too seriously. They say I don’t really have a mental illness or addiction, but insist that I am just young or immature and I will grow out of it. This was especially troubling when it came to my alcoholism.

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