I fight the suicidal thoughts that creep into my mind daily. But I can do this. I have to. My story doesn’t end here.
It’s taken me a lot of learning and growing to realize I am not defined by my illness, but by my courage and strength.
It’s a scary thing to speak openly about an illness that is often extremely misunderstood. I want my experience to give hope to at least one person living with BPD.
It’s taken a while for me to accept that my biggest enemy in life may just be my own fingers. I, along with thousands of other people in the world, am engaged in a fierce battle with trichotillomania — a compulsive disorder that results in people pulling out their hair. ...
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I do not ‘suffer from bipolar disorder,’ though I once did. It is not because I am ‘cured’ but because I have learned a lot about managing symptoms.
Eating disorders are characterized by the intentional changing of food consumption to the point where physical health or social behaviors are affected.
PTSD is the result of traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, an accident or a natural disaster.
A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.
Caroline has lived with with schizophrenia for more than 35 years. Thanks to her relationship with God, her daughters and her doctors she's doing well.
There are so many components to my symptoms it’s hard to believe they are even real. Occasionally I think I must be making it all up.
I have suffered debilitating bouts of depression since I was at least 15 years old. This year I will turn 54. During these bouts I would tumble down a rabbit hole.
Over the past couple of years, I have been inwardly battling some of the most terrible monsters: anorexia nervosa, depression and anxiety.
As I’d done a couple of times before, I told a brief version of my story, all while looking down in the shame that had been instilled in me. After I finished, he looked at me with the biggest smile and said, “I’m glad you’re here.”
I read a lot of books. Reading is both my passion and my hobby. A single day without a little bit of time for reading, for me, is an imcomplete day. Lately, I’ve noticed mental health seems to show up in a multitude of the books that I’ve been reading, within all different ge...
You’re getting ready to meet up with your friend Jill when she sends you a text: “I can’t hangout today. Sorry to bail last minute.” “Is something wrong?” You respond. “Just not feeling life today.” “I’m coming over.” You get to Jill’s house, where you fin...
When I first started opening up about my struggle with depression, I was fortunately met with a lot of support from friends and family. However, there were certain reactions that brought to my attention just how deep the misconceptions are about mental illness. I found ...
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in five adults in the U.S. has mental illness. Despite how common mental health conditions are, not everyone knows how to identify them. Early warning signs of mental illness are often missed. Famil...
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Since adolescence, I have prided myself on my resilience, my willingness to serve others and my ability to achieve and persevere through any season of life. Growing up, I was captain of a competitive science team and a member of multiple other academic teams. While I was t...