If you’ve never self-harmed, you probably can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. The notion of inflicting physical pain on oneself can seem illogical and terrifying. However, self-harm can often travel with dissociation symptoms. This means the person who self-injures might feel physically numb or have no recollection of the event.
I don't talk about my anxiety a lot. Part of that, I think, is because of how mental health stigma has shaped anxiety disorder as worries or thoughts that people can't seem to get past. It's difficult to explain to those people the depth of anxiety's impact, and sometimes even for those who do have a better concept and understanding of it, it can be tough to relay exactly how it feels.
Do you wake up sometimes and know it's going to be a bad day from the outset? I do. Sometimes before I put my feet on the floor, I know it's going to be a bad day. Now, I think, for the average non-sick person, this sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, if you think it's going to be a bad day, then it certainly will be. This is not the reality for a person with a chronic illness, though. Sometimes we know it's going to be a bad day. If you have this feeling sometimes, here's how to handle it.
Recently, I realized the importance of both fighting and surrendering to mental illness. I was hospitalized for a horrific bipolar mixed episode I suffered through for several months. I hadn't been this sick with mental illness since my four-year-long battle with postpartum depression and have never experienced anything like it. Now that I'm out of the hospital and slowly stabilizing, I'm becoming startlingly aware of a paradox in getting through mental illness -- healing isn't possible without both fighting and surrendering.
Lately, I have experienced a few uncomfortable conversations with some of my nonaddicted friends questioning the strength and tenacity of recovering addicts. I imagine the concepts and struggles of behavioral and substance addictions seem quite confusing to those who have never fought these horrific demons firsthand. I grew up in a home with addiction, so prior to experiencing this for myself, I also had a lot of questions and confusion around the topic of addiction. However, now I can truthfully say with confidence that recovering addicts are likely some of the strongest and most capable people you will ever meet in your life.
Fall is my favorite season. It’s a very healing time of year for me and my schizoaffective disorder with the cooler weather and still sunny days. And this year, I’m appreciating fall as much as I can.
Trust is a necessary ingredient in any healing process. For those who self-harm, opening up about this habit enough to build a viable self-injury support network requires an enormous amount of trust—but the results are worth it.
How you start your day can make or break your next 24 hours. There are so many ideas and suggestions about how to spend your time immediately after crawling out of your cozy bed. I've heard a lot of people say getting the hardest task out of the way first is the right approach. Others say following a morning routine will set your day up for success. After trying more morning rituals than I can count, I've learned that the best way to start my day is to do something that gives me energy. Feeling like I can tackle the day, rather than walking through the motions sluggishly, has helped me lead a happier life.
Anxiety's effects on your life can be brutal, interfering with what you want to do, who you want to be with, and how you want to be. A previous post explored six ways anxiety messes with your life. Here, we'll revisit those nasty effects of anxiety, and I offer six mindfulness-based tips to effectively deal with them. You can implement these mindfulness tips immediately--they don't need extra tools or preparation--so you can reduce anxiety's effects on yourself and your life.
There's no denying the fact that positivity does not come naturally to someone with depression. That said, trying to stay positive is important to keep hope alive and cope with depression. It is also necessary to do a reasonably good job at work. Let's take a look at some ways to do so.

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Jessica Kaley
Hi, Inda, I'm so glad that you shared and sorry you feel unworthy. It's good that you are actively seeking a way to fix this by reaching out. Have you tried therapy? It's a great place to search for the answers to why you feel the way you do and what you can do to turn it around. For today, I'd like to suggest that you try to find one thing you do that you feel you are good at. Is it cooking, or making someone you love happy, or writing reports at work, or taking care of your pet? We all have things we are good at and learning to focus on our talents and on the things we are grateful for in life is one way to start turning around the negative self-talk in our heads. You are worthy of happiness just by being you. We are not meant to compare ourselves to others. We all have our unique set of talents and abilities and challenges, and we are meant to love ourselves and everyone else for our individuality and differences, and not hate ourselves because of our differences. Our differences make the world better. I wish you well on the path to find the joy of being the you that only you can be.
I hear you...especially the sub woofer crowd. Do not choose Las Vegas, NV to retire if you want peace and quiet.
Court Rundell
Thank you for your comment. I relate to the daily fight and I'm so happy you keep fighting. You inspire me to continue as well. You are brave.
I was quite overwhelmed recently going into Costco and, recognizing that I was in the midst of ups cycling into a panic attack, asked a manager to assign a assistant shopper to me to help me navigate due to my brain injury. They were awesome about it. The assistant shopper helped me to find things and move very efficiently through the grocery aisles and teaching me how to plan my shopping for next time if I want to do it on my own but I could always ask for help.
In my quest to understand my gender dysphoria I have always been confused by assertion that it is not a mental illness. How can anything that requires treatment not be an illness?