mental illness

On Tidying Up And Mental Illness

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There’s nothing I can let go of that ends my renewed experiences of stigma and shame surrounding mental illness.

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OCD Isn’t An Anxiety Disorder – Here’s Why That Matters

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When I was diagnosed with OCD several years ago, like most people, I assumed it was an anxiety disorder. It wasn’t until months later that I stumbled on articles debating the merits of defining OCD as an entirely separate category of mental illness.

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The First Time I Cared About Myself More Than The Consequences

I am doing this at the risk of people who may criticize or question me, because at least some part of me knows: If I don’t, something worse will happen to me, and soon.

Despite the possible consequences, I am allowing myself more than a mere moment to recuperate.

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Please Understand I’m Not A Flake, I Just Have Anxiety

Does chronic anxiety ever make you feel like a flake?

Does chronic anxiety ever make you feel like a flake?

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Stop Thinking You Understand Depression

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Mild depression (more familiar to the masses than its more severe form) is like being relentlessly cold; MDD is like having extreme frostbite.

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Ask Erin: How Do You Deal With A Breakup When You Both Have Mental Illness?

How can I know either, let alone both of us, will be okay? (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

We both have mental illness. How can I know either, let alone both of us, will be okay after our breakup?

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Ask Erin: Is My Boyfriend Going To Leave Me Because Of My Mental Health Issues?

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I just can't shake this feeling that my boyfriend going to leave me and find someone who makes him happy without mental health issues.

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What Teaching Taught Me About Empathy

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And then I did what some people might consider unprofessional: I opened up to them as well. I struggle with a variety of mental health conditions.

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Here’s What It’s Really Like To Have OCD

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People just don’t get OCD. OCD is a well-recognized mental illness which affects roughly 1-2% of the population. Yet, it remains badly misunderstood.

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My Bipolar Disorder In Five Dates​

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Once I learned how to discuss my bipolar disorder, I stopped defining myself by my illness and started talking about my emotions as well as my struggles.

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