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Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption affected my mental health since I found out I was adopted at 5. Ultimately, adoption affected my mental health positively, but there were dark times.

Adoption affected my mental health through the years, but it also caused some problems. For one, not knowing your biological parents can make self-discovery very confusing, as you have a lot of questions about where you came from and who would have raised you. Here’s my story about how adoption affected my mental health throughout my childhood and how my perspective on myself and my life have changed.

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A Worsening of Depression in Spring, Ways to Cope

A Worsening of Depression in Spring, Ways to Cope

Sometimes spring causes a worsening of depression. Trauma anniversaries and SAD contribute to it. Learn how I cope with a worsening of depression in the spring.

While for some, spring helps depression, sometimes there is a worsening of depression in spring. The snow melts, the flowers bloom, and the sun stays out longer. After spending several miserable months indoors, people are more willing (and even excited) to step outside, smell the roses, and enjoy the sunshine. Yet, for others, the warmer weather and longer days are not always enough to counteract depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD] Symptoms – Who’s at Risk). In this article, I talk about depression worsening in spring and ways that I have learned to cope.

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Does Mental Illness Serve a Purpose?

Does Mental Illness Serve a Purpose?

One of the most memorable mental health therapy sessions I have ever had focused almost entirely on the question “what does your anorexia do for you?” That was it, just those few words, lost on the vast, white surface of the display board. There were no hidden meanings, no underlying hints of the rhetorical. I was simply faced with the one question I had never been seriously asked before: does mental illness serve a purpose? And my mind exploded, shifting perspectives in a rare and colossal flash of clarity.

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Is Mental Illness a Barrier To Success?

Is Mental Illness a Barrier To Success?

This quote has made me consider if mental illness really is a barrier to success: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Throughout my life I have found myself in positions that I thought would break me entirely. I have sat in my room with no door, surrounded by debts, destruction and bowls of my own vomit. I have laid in a hospital bed, covered in tubes and wires – desperate and alone. And I have crouched on the floor of mental institutions, rocking and trapped, painting bloody smears on the walls from the masochism of my own fingernails. But has all this mental illness been a barrier to success?

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Dealing With a Diagnosis of Anorexia as a Teen

Dealing With a Diagnosis of Anorexia as a Teen

Dealing with a diagnosis of anorexia is hard but dealing with an anorexia diagnosis as a teen is even harder. Watch how I reacted to my anorexia diagnosis at 13.

In my experience, I have found that the diagnosis of a mental disorder can be almost as difficult to deal with as the illness itself. In fact, it can be enough to throw your whole life off kilter and send you spiraling down into the blackest abyss – scrabbling at mass segments of misplaced sanity and reason. Or at least, that’s how it was for me.

Being diagnosed with anorexia as a teen — 13 — evoked a conflicting quantity of emotions. I was hit with a sense of surrealism, fear, confusion and even a barely formed hint of masochistic pride. Because the verdict literally happened overnight, one moment I was a young, active and apparently healthy teenage girl – and the next I was anything but. I was anorexic — malnourished, insensible and broken. I was a pariah.

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