What does anxiety look like? Signs & Symptoms

What does anxiety look like? Signs & Symptoms

  The term "anxiety" gets thrown around a lot in everyday conversations. "I'm super anxious." "I have SO much anxiety." "I'm about to have a panic attack. I'm freaking out." Most of the time, it is used in a joking way, not at all related to a clinical level of anxiety [such as that seen [...]

When Mental Illness Gets in the Way of Your “5 Year Plan”

When Mental Illness Gets in the Way of Your “5 Year Plan”

Yesterday, I came across this NAMI blog post: "You Can't Plan for Mental Illness". I definitely related to the writer's story and her message. Please, if you’re experiencing symptoms or warning signs of a mental illness, seek help as soon as possible. Your mental health is far more important than your 5-year plan. I’ve learned [...]

To the Newly Diagnosed:

To the Newly Diagnosed:

Hi, friend.   Maybe you are reading this because you have just been diagnosed with a mental illness. Maybe you are reading this because you are a parent of someone who have just been diagnosed. Maybe you are reading this because you are a friend or significant other to this diagnosed person.     First, [...]

Open Letters to my Mania & Bipolar Depression

Open Letters to my Mania & Bipolar Depression

Since my sophomore year of college, I have been dealing with bipolar depression and mania. These symptoms and episodes have a way of becoming all-consuming. I've written 2 letters, one to mania and one to depression, to show just how these "friends" of mine have impacted me these past few years.     Dear Mania, [...]

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

At UNC, I took a Rethink Psychiatric Illness training on mental illnesses and how stigma impacts those with mental health conditions. When I went through the training, I honestly didn't see what the big deal was with some of the phrases they stated should be off limits. What... no one should use the terms "crazy" [...]

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

In high school, I was what was often labeled as a "perfectionist", a "workaholic", and an "overachiever. I used to think it was just this abnormally great intrinsic drive to be the best I could be... now I wonder if my anxiety was driving my behavior. Why did I spend triple the amount of time [...]

Go ahead. Call me “dramatic”…

Go ahead. Call me “dramatic”…

I used to be very in control of my emotions. I was not hypersensitive or overly dramatic.   But, bipolar disorder has destroyed my ability to be on top of my emotions at all times.   The littlest of things, a small criticism or a minor comment, can make it feel like my friendship is [...]