BIO

Kristance Harlow is a freelance writer and mental illness advocate. She lives in a foreign land with her husband and rescue pupster. Find her on twitterinstagram, or her blog.

Kristance Harlow's Articles

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

Feeling Depressed Is Different Than Being Depressed

I'm not here to discredit your experience. What I'm here to say is that "feeling depressed" is a different beast than “having depression.”
Kristance Harlow    |   05.3.18 12am   |   SHARE
It took things getting a lot worse before I was ready to get better.

How Mental Health Stigma Almost Killed Me

It was my pattern: if therapy got too intense, if I started feeling better, or if I was referred to a psychiatrist, I’d just stop going. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that I had a mental... Read...
Kristance Harlow    |   01.10.18 12am   |   SHARE
Coming out of dissociation can feel like waking from a lucid dream.

Dissociation: How It Feels To Feel Nothing

Coming out of dissociation can feel like waking from a lucid dream. One moment you’re on the other side of physical reality, and then you cross the threshold and are part of life again.
Kristance Harlow    |   01.4.18 12am   |   SHARE
It’s not just being overwhelmed — this inability to find peace is worse than that.

It’s Not Just Being Overwhelmed, It's Sensory Overload​      

It’s not just being overwhelmed — this inability to find peace is worse than that. It can happen without a moment’s notice, any day and any time.
Kristance Harlow    |   12.20.17 12am   |   SHARE
Image credit: Carli Jeen via Unsplash

How Journaling Has Helped Me Heal

My life is a constant recollection.
Kristance Harlow    |   08.25.17 12am   |   SHARE
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Why I Didn't Try To Lose Weight For My Wedding

To take care of myself in the months preceding my wedding I had to make a conscious effort to not dive into dieting. Wedding weight loss was off the list of things for me to do, or to even attempt.
Kristance Harlow    |   07.7.17 12am   |   SHARE
"Every mirror is an opportunity to ruin more of my skin in a nonsensical attempt to fix what I think is there."

I Can't Stop Picking At My Skin

I lose hours to this obsessive compulsion, not a day goes by without it. Every mirror is an opportunity to ruin more of my skin in a nonsensical attempt to fix what I think is there
Kristance Harlow    |   04.28.17 1pm   |   SHARE