Disabilities: What Not To Say

Originally published PsychCentral.com link There is a hashtag trending on twitter: #AncientAbledProverbs, started by @HijaDe2Madre. It is about things abled people say to the disabled, often unthinking, that can be hurtful or ignorant. These could be physical or mental, visible or invisible disabilities. It struck a chord with me. People have said some of these … Continue reading Disabilities: What Not To Say

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Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

  Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/finding-support-for-mental-illness-and-alcoholism/ It can be hard dealing with a mental illness and/or alcoholism without support from a loved one. Perhaps, they don’t recognize it as a real problem. They may be frightened or not comprehend what is happening. Sometimes, partners may even try to sabotage your recovery. There could be … Continue reading Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

In my opinion, this is my best yet 🙂 Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/the-stigma-of-co-occurring-disorders/   There is a great deal of stigma attached with both mental illnesses and addictions. That is one reason I talk about my experiences. So, others won’t feel alone, and, to put a face to these conditions. It is scary … Continue reading The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

Mothering and Mental illness

Originally posted on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/parenting-and-mental-illness/ It is natural to wonder if you are a "good enough" mother. This can be amplified with mental illness. My children were ages 2 and 4 when I had a psychotic break. I was hospitalized twice that year After that, I needed help doing basic tasks for a while. … Continue reading Mothering and Mental illness

Reaching One Person

I feel that if I can help one person by sharing my story it has been worthwhile. I made this video for "Mental Health Justice" (not my best look) and got the most amazing reply. I am withholding the author's name for privacy. I really have no idea what I could have said that helped, … Continue reading Reaching One Person

Feeling Vulnerable

I have disclosed a lot. Nothing left to hide. A lot of people knew I had a mental health diagnosis. The alcohol was not really a secret but I never used the word 'alcoholic'. I thought I might feel free, not having secrets, but right now I feel uneasy. I hope I did the right … Continue reading Feeling Vulnerable

Coping With Schizoaffective Disorder

Originally published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/coping-with-my-mental-health-symptoms/ With schizoaffective disorder and social anxiety, I have a number of different types of symptoms to cope with. For me, psychotic symptoms can be the hardest to deal with. The first thing I turn to is medication. I have tried a few of the newer atypical anti-psychotics and fortunately, I … Continue reading Coping With Schizoaffective Disorder

The Power of Words

sometimes people don't know what to say when they find I have a mental illness. I found a list from the DBSA http://www.dbsalliance.org and made a short video of things thst could be hurtful and alternatives. https://youtu.be/b7vRhQBoeqo

Don’t Use Me As A Pawn

Originally posted on Medium Note: I know this is a controversial post. I am open to discussion. I am not against any of these laws, I just don't like being presented as a problem. I have a mental illness. It is a scary one that starts with schizo… and is a thought and mood disorder. … Continue reading Don’t Use Me As A Pawn

Feeling Exposed

I have social anxiety and used to barely interact with others. Enough to do my job, get my groceries, but not much more. I have slowly been building on that and as far as overcoming my anxiety- I think I have come a long way. I have been slowly disclosing information about myself to others. … Continue reading Feeling Exposed