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Ever since I was clinically diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I'm hesitant to disclose that I have it—even with close friends.
When you practice setting boundaries that protect your self-esteem, you are supporting yourself in many ways. It shows you love and respect yourself, and it keeps you from grief when others attempt to abuse you, intentionally or inadvertently. Whether it's between you and people you love and choose to have in your life or people you must interact with for your job or another requirement, creating a boundary that reflects your needs will strengthen your self-esteem.
Refusing to take things personally can lead to a more relaxed life where you aren't constantly worrying about being criticized. When you stop taking things personally, you can boost your self-confidence, worry less, and rebound from failures with enthusiasm. 
As the United States is ablaze in chaos that has erupted from systemic racial violence, I find myself worried for the mental health of Black men and women because—false stereotypes aside—Black people suffer from eating disorders too. 
Near where I live, there are a couple of little boxes where people can leave books they wish to donate, as well as take any books they may find interesting. Over the past few weeks, I’ve given away quite a number of books to these boxes, and in the process, I’ve felt a great sense of relief and catharsis.
In my experience, a significant number of people go through at least one depressive episode in their life. An episode typically lasts for at least two weeks and can put a damper on productivity, especially at work. I have been through many such episodes so far, and have had to work during a significant number of them.
Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) often feels like living with a secret; so opening up about your DID diagnosis is difficult. Many people who have the condition, including myself, are stealth-like in hiding it. Because it’s a mental health condition, as opposed to a physical ailment, it’s easier to hide from the naked eye. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t a burden. It can help to have friends and family members in the know, as they can provide invaluable support, but how do you open up about your DID diagnosis the first time?
I've had a home office for over a decade--long before it became a forced norm of the COVID-19 pandemic--and during this time, I noticed how working from home affected my eating disorder recovery. It wasn't a smooth road, but with a few strategies, I learned how to support my eating disorder (ED) recovery with healthy habits.
Many patients with chronic illnesses find themselves with some amount of medical trauma. When you're a child, it's hard to make sense of surgeries, blood tests, and hours spent in hospitals with the sick and dying. But there's also the medical trauma that, for many of us, could have been avoided if our doctors had been better listeners.
I've been in recovery from mental illness for several years now because recovery is a slow, and often lifelong, process. There are many aspects of recovery that I have a pretty good handle on at this point, like opening up in therapy and sharing my experiences with others to make all of us feel a little less alone, but one part that still throws me for a loop every time is the "random" breakdowns in mental health recovery.

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Johanna
I am really sorry that this is happening you, I hope that you get out of that dark place! :( Even though you have experienced these things in your life, just know that God loves you and that he can save you! Accept Jesus in your life and you will receive joy! He cares for you and wants to direct you to a life filled with his abundant love and to things greater than your personal goals! <3

I am sorry if my english is not perfect, english is not my native language :)
Elizabeth Caudy
Dear Brittany, Thank you so much for that lovely comment! I'm so, so glad the post gave you hope. Comments like yours make me really feel like I'm making a difference. Take Care, Elizabeth
Jessica Kaley
Thank you, Kathy, for your thoughtful comment. I too am finding this new solitude a return to a younger me, and it feels good. I cherish our connection.
lydia
oh abigall we are so happy that you didn't leave this earth. You are WORTH it! you have so much to live for and beyond those dark thoughts you are more than you think, people love you, your family loves you, and if anything im here for you. keep going you can do it!
Lizanne Corbit
I love that you also added this point, "My best ideas have always come when I am relaxed and my mind is at ease" -- yes! Not only does this help us to see how overthinking can rob us of our peace of mind, but this is also a beautiful example of how, when our minds are at ease, they truly function so much better. If we can be gentle to ourselves in times of overthinking and bring ourselves back to a neutral space we can breathe and remember, overthinking is not where we want to be and we can bring ourselves back out of it. It is a practice and a process. Gentleness, always.