Laura A. Barton
Two things are going to become clear in this blog: my taste in music and there are songs that remind us that it's okay not to be okay. Realistically, "It's okay not to be okay," is probably a statement you've heard repeatedly in the world of mental health awareness and advocacy. As potentially overused as it is, this sentiment is an important one when combatting mental health stigma.
Nicola Spendlove
Something I started doing when my brother was first diagnosed with mental illness was personifying his diagnosis. This might sound a little kooky but stay with me here. I found I was getting angry or upset at my brother for things he couldn’t control, things that were directly linked to his illness. There are parts of his illness that still infuriate me on his behalf – I hate his diagnosis for taking away so many things and causing him so much suffering. The thing is, personifying his mental illness gave me the ability to separate the illness from the person.
Jennifer Lear
The title of this blog is "Coping with Depression." In the past, I've used it to talk about ways to feel productive, beat procrastination, and improve relationships during a depressive episode. But the reality is that some days, "coping" just means surviving through the worst days. So, in honor of World Suicide Prevention Month, I would like to offer some simple tips on how to get through when "getting through" seems impossible.
Kate Beveridge
It can be challenging to stay grounded in the present moment when you live with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Unstable emotional states and anxious thoughts can often pull you into a past or future mindset. However, bringing yourself back into the present can have a wealth of benefits for your mental health.
Elizabeth Caudy
I was diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1999 after a psychotic episode at college. My first diagnosis of a serious mental illness markedly changed my sense of fashion, and the changes stuck even with a later reassessment that I was schizoaffective. I have a few ideas as to why.
Kim Berkley
The stories we tell ourselves can often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Using creative writing for self-harm recovery is one way to rewrite the narrative of your life in a way that can affect real, positive change.
Sarah Sharp
Keeping a child mentally healthy can be challenging, especially if your child has a mental illness as mine does. In fact, I think it can be harder than keeping a child physically healthy since keeping the body in shape basically involves a checklist: good diet, check; lots of exercise, check; plenty of water, check; annual checkup, check. A child's mental health, though, can be a bit more complicated.
Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez
Struggling with anxiety means often experiencing symptoms unexpectedly, so compartmentalizing anxiety can help. Life does not stop when you experience anxiety. The day goes on, you still have to go to work, go to school, tend to your family, and all of this does not stop when you feel anxious. However, there are coping strategies you can use to help you manage chronic anxiety on a daily basis when you know that life goes on and it is important to focus on the present. During times that this has occurred for me, I have found that it has been helpful for me to compartmentalize my anxious thoughts and feelings.
Juliana Sabatello
When we aren't at our best emotionally, it can help on a nervous system level to just have someone be with us to co-regulate our emotions. I was definitely one of those children who needed a hug when I was upset. I have always responded strongly to the negative and positive emotions of others. I also respond very well to a calm person comforting me when I am anxious or stressed. I work mostly with children, so I am used to hearing the term "co-regulation" as it relates to parents and caregivers helping children calm down when they are upset, but it can be just as powerful for adults in relationships.
Kelly Epperson
When you're going through postpartum depression, it can feel like you're lost. It's as if you're seeking mental health through an endless maze of treatment, setbacks, and obstacles. Knowing how to treat your postpartum depression is a big step. When it comes to treatment, I firmly believe in using everything at your disposal. I am all for talk therapy and medication. In fact, I used both of those avenues in my treatment. However, that doesn't mean those are the only two ways you can treat postpartum depression. I found that there were several natural methods that helped me feel better and have more good days.

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Mahevash Shaikh
I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Roger.

Depression and alcoholism are a formidable combination. Losing your parents must have definitely made things a lot harder. I hope you are seeing a therapist, grief counselor, or have someone who listens to you without judgment.

Please take good care of yourself. I sincerely hope your mental health improves soon.
Some people might be suffering from a mental illness, drug abuse or are just self-entitled in how they treat people but expect better treatment back in return. I've had several occasions when complete strangers have shouted something offensive to me across the street, muttered in a lift, or have said something mean during what was supposed to be a fun hobby class. The only way I can justify that someone would want to intentionally hurt a stranger, other than the 3 reasons above, is because they have low self-esteem and think the temporary kick out of putting someone else down will make them feel better about themselves in the long run.
I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Let's try and surround ourselves with people who treat us right. Hang in there.
I cried several times over the past month which really I rarely do. I havent even been able to get to the doctor yet for a diagnosis but every new article I open is like another epiphany. Like that's why I act that way even though I dont want to. When the emotion hits I can't control it, which has also led to me cutting people out before they were important enough to really hurt me (in my head). But like a few other people said, somehow knowing really helps. And there are things I can do now. It's rather comforting.
Reading this just helped me make a connection. Years ago I needed a job, and took one with Verizon customer service. I have never not wanted to go to a job more than that one. Waking up every morning I had to go there was an exercise in depression. Like I can’t use a certain ringer on my phone anymore because I associate it with waking up to go to that job. If you were even a minute late then they would count you as being half an hour late or something like that (to make keeping track of hours and pay easier, and to save them money, I assume), so on mornings that I was late I would just sit in my car in the parking lot for half an hour, feeling depressed, but happy to not be in the building. Only now do I realize that this was because I’m ADHD, and it was a painfully boring place to be.
I hate myself. I always drink way too much. I'm literally known by all my friends and family as being the one who can't handle their liquor. I need to stop drinking, but it's just so hard because everyone around me is able to drink without abusing it. I seem to be the only one who is struggling with this and I just feel so alone. I have done so many things that haunt me, they literally play in my mind every time there is a moment of silence. For a while, I thought I was done drinking because of all my bad experiences and the thoughts of a hangover killed me. But once again a few days ago, I go to a party and get wasted. The end of the night is what's blurry. I did a lot of stuff I regret but what stood out to me are these things. I first said I said something really messed up to my friend's crush. I said I was sorry but I honestly am so dumb for that and I feel horrible. Then I went up front waiting for my ride and literally was on the floor, people were picking me up. I went to the neighbor's house and have no idea what I was doing there but I didn't go inside luckily. I don't even know how I got to the place where I slept. I just don't know what happened in some parts and that drives me crazy. I don't know what I did or said. I also don't know what happened to my body. It's been a few days but I am going insane just playing this night in my head. I overanalyze every single situation in my life already, but the fact that I don't know what happened is making me livid. I'm trying to forgive myself for this and all those other times but honestly, all these embarrassing drunken moments make me want to end it.