Category: Supporting Friends/Family

Mental Health And African-American LIves

There was not a Mental Health Month post on Thursday for Somatic Disorders as I anticipated, not because I ran out of time but because my mind has been engrossed in other disturbing realities and going-ons in America. I will do a post on… Continue Reading “Mental Health And African-American LIves”

Mental Health Month: Gender Dysphoria

I’m hoping to write this Mental Health Month post with as much care and thoughtfulness that has been given to the other diagnostic labels we’ve covered this month. I am in severe back pain and terrified of going to Urgent Care in fear they’ll… Continue Reading “Mental Health Month: Gender Dysphoria”

Broken and Crippled by Mental Illness

*A featured personal story for this MENTAL HEALTH MONTH series. Some months after my relationship with the boys’ dad ended, I had what can only be described as a ‘break down‘. And that’s exactly what it felt like because, both physically and mentally, I… Continue Reading “Broken and Crippled by Mental Illness”

The Line Up for Sharing Your Story this Mental Health Month.

Hello friends! I have some time before work to put out the writing schedule of this months posts, all dedicated to learning more about DSM diagnoses and the research that backs them up (or doesn’t). I’m also asking for people’s experiences so that we… Continue Reading “The Line Up for Sharing Your Story this Mental Health Month.”

How To (Gently) Encourage Your Friend to Get On Medication.

Step 1: Don’t. It’s that simple. Why Are We Talking About This? There are too many questions on social media of people asking Pop-Advocacy sites and people with lived experience how they should convince their friend to get back on medication. Let’s be clear… Continue Reading “How To (Gently) Encourage Your Friend to Get On Medication.”

Distractions: For Better, or For Worse?

One of the popular coping mechanisms most often quoted by self-help websites, short articles, or purported “ways to help your anxiety” is distractions. Distractions range from averting your attention to a video or a game to focusing on a particular object in the room.… Continue Reading “Distractions: For Better, or For Worse?”

About Mental Illness

I recently learned in a personality psychology course that the effect size in regard to how much words make a difference to people is very small. I’m currently trying to find studies which either argue for or against this, but in the meantime I… Continue Reading “About Mental Illness”

The Tie Between Physical and Mental Health

In pursuing a degree in psychology, a couple depressive and psychotic episodes interrupted my original plan. In that, I’ve discovered I never really wanted a degree in psychology. In that , I discovered I’m stuck with it and must make the best out of… Continue Reading “The Tie Between Physical and Mental Health”

Hearing Voices: Internal versus External

Something people who don’t hear voices misunderstand about hearing voices is that it’s not like sitting next to a party of five in a restaurant where you can generally tune out all the giggles and unrelated conversation and focus on the person in front… Continue Reading “Hearing Voices: Internal versus External”

What Makes Us So Divided?

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that there is a divide in perspectives about mental health in our little neuro-diverse community, and this can effect how we advocate and what we educate ourselves about. Currently, there are two major extremes, and I think each has… Continue Reading “What Makes Us So Divided?”

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