People with mental illness represent one of the most deeply stigmatized groups in our culture. Learn more about it here.
I Came Out to My Brother Last Night
I am not shy about telling people I live with major depression episodes. But when the worst symptoms hit, I tend to keep my head down and wait until they pass. Rarely does anyone see me during them. Until yesterday. I awoke with the black sludge already pulsing through my brain and veins, and it took all my physical might to slide one leg, then the other, over the side of the bed. Push my feet against the floor. And assemble my bones and muscles to standing position.
I’ve posted several poems and a story or so but I haven’t said much about myself yet so I suppose an introduction is in order.
What it’s like to be affected by mental illness
Everyone has mental health, and much like physical health, all of us experience difficulty at some point in our lives. I have experienced periods of instability here and there throughout my teenage years, but my experience of mental illness has largely been as someone caring for family members — and this is an experience that is often overlooked.
Autism - An Intricate Puzzle of Traits That Persist Throughout Life
In my recent posts about neurodiversity, I mentioned autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that carries a negative connotation, though many of the typical traits are significantly overlooked. Autistic people may have deficits in social communication and interaction, restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour or interests, and sensory issues.
Why High & Low Functioning Labels are Harmful
From an outsider's perspective, functioning labels describe autistic individuals. Many advocates have been coming forward and proclaiming that functioning labels are harmful. These individuals who assert this are not just autistic.
My Autistic Sense of Time Is a Fluid One
While I’m writing this article, the blue color in my Time timer disappears minute by minute. That’s the kind of indication of the passage of time I understand.
I've Been to The Psych Ward 17 Times. Here's Why I am not Crazy.
When one hears the term "mental hospital", it's safe to assume that most people's minds would go to strait jackets, halls echoing with screams, and patients having conversations with people in their heads. There is so much stigma around the idea of being hospitalized because the media portrays it as a place serial killers and "crazy" people go. What many people don't know is that getting admitted, or even just having harmful thoughts, is more common than you think. According to the CDC, in 2020, 12.2 American adults seriously considered suicide. While thoughts of harming yourself or others may not necessarily be normal, they are a common occurrence, and asking for help should be normalized.
You Want a HAPPY LIFE, there are 6 things you should never do.
Many times, I considered what it would take for me to be content. It’s so easy to be happy that you can’t believe it at first.. Many times, I tried so hard to be happy that I couldn’t be, and it was frustrating. And it wasn’t until much later that I came to the realization that in order to be truly content, you must sometimes make sacrifices. I wish I could make you happier than you already are, but I can’t.
I Was Homeless, and She Gaslighted Me
For a while during my 20s, I was homeless. It was not a fun time for yours truly. I went through two horrible divorces and five years’ worth of abuse at the hands of the second wife. I was working — barely — and in perhaps the worst mental state I’d endured since my mid-teenaged years. I really could not tell if I was coming or going, constantly under the fear my second wife would track me down and fulfil her promise of breaking my back if I ever left her.
Why Do Neurodivergent People Have Quirky Special Interests?
Most people have one or two special interests that they focus on intensely. Maybe it’s stamp collecting, bird watching, or spending hours tinkering with cars. For neurodivergent people such as those having autism or ADHD, special interests often take centre stage in their lives. Special interests can provide a sense of focus and calm for us, neurodivergent individuals. They can also be a source of enjoyment, pride, and accomplishment. When nurtured, special interests can blossom into rewarding hobbies or even prospering careers.
I am Female
What a pity, to have more rights and protection within the womb than I do now. Just cells, nothing else, merely a spec of existence and I am safe. At least for now. Safe as long as I stay within the womb, least safe in the aspect of I have a right to born. Safe in the aspect as long as I remain undetermined. Safe till it is revealed I am female.
Postnatal Anxiety: A Raw, Honest Account of How it Happened to Me
"It is known that anxiety disorders are more common in postpartum women than in the general population, with estimates of its incidence during the first 6 months of postpartum ranging from 6.1% to 27.9%. Unfortunately, treatment rates for postpartum anxiety are low, suggesting that more work is required to identify women who may benefit from treatment." -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5983016/