Most recently published stories in Psyche.
Staying Strong When Anxiety Looms Large
It was bad enough when I was diagnosed with anxiety in 2010; I never once suspected that my daughter would also have it. I honestly thought that it was something I could handle all on my own, and I was wrong. I thought I could deal with the sense that I needed to be super mom and pay bills and take care of all my job responsibilities while I was at it. I couldn't, and it resulted in me having massive panic attacks a couple of times.
5 Things To Do in a Mental Health Crisis
A mental health crisis may consist of extreme anxiety, depression or feeling suicidal. For me, it's generally a mix of all three. This results in a rush of energy, feeling like I can't keep still or think straight, feeling like I can't breathe or am drowning and just utter terror that this is the beginning and things are about to get so, so much worse.
Anxiety is the name we give to our feelings of worry, fear, apprehension, and nervousness. It is not a mental illness. It is the appropriate nervous reaction that human beings developed when we first evolved to tell us when we were in a dangerous situation. Many of our fears and worries a justified. We may be worried about taking an exam or that a person we love is suffering. Anxiety may, however, occur without cause or it may be that we are more worried about a difficult situation that it warrants. People who suffer from severe anxiety find it can have a serious impact on their daily lives.
I was there against my will, and I knew it was the place that I needed to be. See, I asked for help and protection from myself. I didn't trust myself anymore because I had a plan, a workable plan, and I intended to put that plan into motion three days ago. My plan consisted of a wooded area, a hose, a car exhaust and a sunny final day of my life.
The Thoughts and Feelings of Someone With a Mental Health Issue
I know that I suffer from a mental health issue—I know, deep down, that I am depressed. Most people think that depression is only "feeling sad." Wrong. There is so much more to depression than that. What bugs me is when you confide in someone about being depressed, the other person says "Oh, I've been sad too." Basically, I'm hoping that I'm gonna try and minimize the preconception of depression as only sadness.
How I Didn't Let Depression Ruin My Life
My immediate family has a history of depression and anxiety. My mom and sister both take anti-depressants and my sister also deals with severe anxiety. I always thought I was an exception. I was not. In grade 10 I went through a period of depression that lasted months. I didn't realize what it was at the time. I had no will to go to school so I stayed home most days. I'd miss two-three school days a week. I still got by with average grades. In grade 11, I figured out what I wanted to do in life. I found passion and motivation and was able to overcome the depression. I started working hard in school and rose to the top of my class. I graduated with honours and was accepted into a university overseas for a masters program.
The Stages of Grief
Losing someone you love is one of the toughest things one can go through in their life. Sadly, it happens way too often nowadays, but that's life for you. Whether you lose someone from death or someone you care for moves away and you lost all contact with them. Grief comes in all ways, shapes, and forms.
Drug Teens: A Memoir
“This is the story of a girl who cried a river and drown the whole world.” That is a line from “Story of a Girl” by 3 Doors Down. It comes in handy in this twisted, crooked, and crazy tale of a girl named Ashley Batali. This tale is a never ending tale of weird beginnings. So, our tale begins in a small town named Bear, Delaware. If you have a weak stomach or wish for a happy go lucky story close this book, put it down, and walk away. If not, let us begin this journey down memory lane.
Going in the Deep End
I was asked one time on how my anxiety started. When having anxiety and dealing with it for many years, that answer was nearly impossible to answer. Before you know it, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and on and on and on and on. Then you start asking yourself questions to determine the answer to the first question. Your brain takes you to the deaths of loved ones. Then the memories and emotions start flowing of the wonderful times you had with them. Before you know it, there are things rapidly stemming off in every direction like a chaotic flow chart without any end. Your anxiety that was only playing with you like a cat chasing a string has now become thoughts of regrets and what if's to take total control of all mental functions. Answers? Answers don't come easy when dealing with anxiety.
How Do You Stay Sane Once You Enter Your 20s?
Your 20s – A time in which you are meant to relish in the richness of life whilst experiencing a generous amount of struggle but in a "cool, calm and collected way." A time that sees you make the biggest decisions of your life: Degrees, Career, Relationships. All of which you are reminded of (it seems) once you have your 20th birthday (and each day or week if you're lucky from thereafter). Each decision you make could be the one that carries you through your life. You likely move out. Make new, more true and profound friendships. You have to size up the world now that you are no longer deemed a teenager. You are stronger, you are in your prime, it's time to live free!
Facts About Life and Real People
Facts are facts. Simple right? It's either true with proof or not true. One fact a lot of people hear and use is, "life isn't fair." Yes, that is true. Is it a fact? It can be if you have support to back it up. Okay so people say life isn't fair, why do we have to believe what other people say. Life isn't fair but we control our own destiny. So it is a fact to some extent.
Common Myths About Psychosis
Mental illness is heavily stigmatized, often to the point of it being a taboo subject. Though the medical community can tell you that keeping stigma is a prime reason why people are dissuaded from seeking help, it still continues to be a socially acceptable thing to judge.