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Three Things Those Affected By Suicide Should Know

Three Things Those Affected By Suicide Should Know

There are three things those affected by suicide should know. When someone makes that heart-rending painful final decision to end his/her life, those left behind suffer from horrific grief and loss. Guilt is common, as is depression, anger, and denial. In order to help with that pain, here are three things those affected by suicide should know.

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Have a Heartbeat? Well, You’re Crazy Too!

Have a Heartbeat? Well, You’re Crazy Too!

OK. First, I am not insinuating that those of us living with a mental illness are crazy. Usually, we are not. What I am stating, is that too often it is assumed we are crazy. People hear the words “mentally ill” and sometimes they instinctively picture things like: homelessness, drooling, talking at inappropriate times or not talking at all, dirty bathrobes, dark hospital corridors and a trembling body.

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Please, Stop Telling Us What Medications We Should or Should Not Take!

Please, Stop Telling Us What Medications We Should or Should Not Take!

The title of this blog implies that I will be focusing on people in our lives who–for the most part–do not live with a mental illness. These people like to give us advice on what medications we need to take or tell us we don’t need to take medication at all. It’s confusing and, frankly, a real piss off.

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Please, Do Not Tell Me To ‘Have a Hot Bath’ When I Can’t Sleep!

Please, Do Not Tell Me To ‘Have a Hot Bath’ When I Can’t Sleep!

WARNING: A decent amount of sarcasm within this post. But it’s relevant, I promise you, sort of—I do.

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Being a Mental Health Patient: Swallowing Your Pride

Being a Mental Health Patient: Swallowing Your Pride

I was not sure what to title this post but the word pride came to mind. So, what is the theme here? Well, I was on my way to visit my lovely psychiatrist and I started thinking…

What Is It Like Being a Mental Health Patient?

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Easily Irritated? Well, You Must Be Mentally Ill

Easily Irritated? Well, You Must Be Mentally Ill

 

I'm easily irritated but it's not because of mental illness. Little things in life, things that irritate a person make mental health recovery more difficult.

I’m easily irritated right now. I’m easily irritated by the noise, the dog drool, and the pissy cat. Yes, I have a mental illness or two, but I’m not irritated because I’m mentally ill. But I am irritated, okay? And again, not because I live with a mental illness!

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Is “The Pink Elephant” Connected to Mental Illness?

Is “The Pink Elephant” Connected to Mental Illness?

This is pretty straight forward-I think.”The Pink Elephant” can represent our mental illness. Nobody can see it, but we know that it’s there.

Can You Define The Meaning of the “Pink Elephant?”

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Mental Illness: Let’s Stop Feeling Bad For Ourselves!

Mental Illness: Let’s Stop Feeling Bad For Ourselves!

I was sitting on my patio about an hour ago. I live across the road from an elementary school. Children were doing what they do best: Screaming and throwing things. Ruining my first coffee.

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Feeling Disconnected

Feeling Disconnected

I am certain many people can relate to this topic when connected to mental illness. In my life, feeling disconnected from people occurred at times that defined large changes in my life–when coming to terms with diagnosis, working to recover, and finally to reach a level of acceptance.

Before Diagnosis

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Problems With Psychiatrists

One Size Does Not Fit All: Problems With Psychiatrists

This topic is close to my heart…or, rather, high on my level of irritation. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of twelve, I have seen my share of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers—I am missing a few people, er, professionals. The list is extensive. Some of us are blessed to be working with a wonderful mental health team right of the bat.

Diagnosed with a mental illness? This is your new psychiatrist, he or she will make you well, provided you put the work in! My experience has been quite the opposite–a bit more complicated.

Contradictions in Diagnosis

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