By Francesca Greane Every mental illness has a definition. That is, someone has — after extensive research — determined what characterized each and every illness. The purpose of this is clear; it helps everyone understand what a mental health illness means. Take depression for instance — defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as a… Continue reading Don’t be defined by a dictionary
By Caitlin B. The sense of shame that accompanies mental illness can be suffocating. If you're struggling with mental health issues, you may wonder what people will think of you if they know the truth. Will they think you're strange or "crazy"? Will they respect you less? Will they not want to be friends with… Continue reading The value of being honest about your mental health
By Megan K. Disclaimer: Everything in this post comes from my personal experience with mental illness. I am by no means advocating that the things I have done along the way to improve the way I think and feel about myself will work for everyone. But I encourage everyone that has experiences with negative thoughts… Continue reading Loving Who You Are: 4 everyday tips to get rid of negative thoughts
By Monique Hassan Religion is the backbone of many people’s lives and sets the moral tone for their decisions. Faith can act as an anchor keeping you steady during the rough storms and provides a shoulder to lean on even if no one is around. The harsh reality is that some members of our faith… Continue reading Mental Health Stigmas within Faith Communities
By Monique Hassan The terms “drink water and drive on” or “suck it up, buttercup” were commonly heard during my days on active duty. Especially as a woman, we dare not show emotions unless we wanted to be told we did not belong there. We were given 800mg of Ibuprofen to cure everything and we… Continue reading The war still wages at home for soldiers with PTSD
By Megan K. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to tell the whole world my secret, to be able to live life without having to hide one of the biggest parts of it. Then I think about how my life would change, how people would treat me differently knowing that I suffer from… Continue reading I am not my mental illness.
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By Ben Simpson-Black We've recently discovered this app and have been putting in through the wringer to see just how it stacks up and if it is actually useful for helping manage bipolar disorder. Before we get into it, a quick note about the "tester:" Tester was a male, 25-35 years old, who lives with… Continue reading eMoods Mood Tracking — using technology to help manage bipolar
The never-ending cycle of questions, doubts and worry can be overwhelming sometimes. One week the running cycle of anxiety in the back of my mind is quieter than others, but some days it’s almost unmanageable. When I was younger, I thought these feelings were typical for a young “insecure” girl. But as I’ve grown up,… Continue reading Calming anxiety, one tip at a time
When people hear the word “depression” they often associate it with suicidal thoughts, the inability to get out of bed or someone who is sad all the time. While this is true for a lot of people, depression also has another side to it — a side most people probably don’t realize. High-functioning depression is… Continue reading A different kind of depression