If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression). Why [...]
"As far as looking for the right therapist, do remember to actually look. Too many people make the mistake of picking the first name off the list provided by their insurance company and assuming that if things aren't working with that therapist that means therapy doesn't work for them, period. Finding the right therapist takes [...]
Imagine if a detective arrived at a crime scene, labeled the crime a murder, then announced that their job was done. That's not a complete job! The "what" (i.e. murder) is NOT enough information. The job is far from over; in fact, the case is just beginning! What was the weapon? Who caused this [...]
"That girl is crazy." I've really had enough. Lately, I've heard a ton of stigmatizing language, including: crazy pills, psychotic, and crazy. So, when I heard the above statement, I followed up: Me: "What do you mean crazy?" "You know... psycho!" Me: "Do you mean she is psychotic? Is she experiencing [...]
I tried to make it to a cafe on about a dozen occasions. But I'd wind up sinking to the gutter in a truly awful state of analysis paralysis... When you're anxious, decisions can be your undoing. Anxious people are shocking decision makers. Plus, the process of making decisions heightens anxiety. Plus, any kind of [...]
Jay Griffiths asks if bipolar is really an illness (as does anyone who's got it). Illness is a condition that impairs normal functioning. "But in the foothills of mania, normal functioning is enhanced," she writes. -Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful Recently, I met an older woman who is in the depths [...]
Since opening up publicly about my own mental health journey, many others have messaged me (some publicly i.e. tweets, others privately) about their own struggles, symptoms, and feelings of isolation. Most of these people are ones which I have never met in real life- the online mental health community is such a cool thing! Others [...]
https://twitter.com/BeyondYourPast/status/1034074301551575041 I've never been on a podcast before, but I jumped at this opportunity. It was such a great experience. I loved getting the chance to use a new platform for psychoeducation & discussing bipolar disorder! Thank you, Matthew Pappas of the awesome "Beyond Your Past" podcast! LISTEN HERE!