#OCDame

Why I Won't Stop Writing About My Mental Illness

"Talking about mental health is a big part of my job, but that doesn’t make my own mental illness any less personal."

I didn't fall in love with John Green’s writing the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once. I fell in love with it the way you pass out during a particularly nasty panic attack: all at once and then all at once.

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Be The Person You Needed: My Experience With EMDR Therapy (So Far)

EMDR has become an essential part of my trauma recovery.

EMDR is the most compassionate and empowering therapy I have ever undergone.

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I'm Tired Of Being "High Functioning"

What does "high functioning" even mean?

It’s supposed to imply that I can do a lot of stuff even while I’m sick, but what it actually means is “not dying yet.” Because that is the actual definition of functioning: existing. Breathing in and out, eating, talking, and — especially if you live in America — generating some form of income.

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I Honestly Don't Know Where I Would Be Without Bob's Burgers

BUTTS.

Bob’s Burgers is familiar and cozy and something I can let myself fall into completely. Having it on is like a constant, hilarious lullaby — one that I fall asleep to more often than not.

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It's OK To Be A Liability: Mental Illness And The Fear Of Being "Too Much"

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5 Reasons Having A Cat Is Great For Your Mental Health

MY BABY. Probably looking at something she wants to break.

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I Don't Need To "Cure" My Chronic Mental Illness To Be Happy

"I don’t view my mental illness as something that gets in the way of a happy or meaningful future, but rather a practical reality of the life I live and plan to continue living."

I’ve been mentally ill pretty much my whole entire life, and it isn’t something I see going away any time soon. I don’t see that as an inherently bad thing.

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The #OCDame: Productivity Anxiety Is Pretty Much The Worst

I have a lot of anxiety about not doing enough. Not doing enough at work, at school, around the house, to help save the world from the creeping tendrils of authoritarian nationalism… the list goes on.

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The #OCDame: How To Change The World When You're Too Sick To Leave The House

Do you know how hard it was to find a picture for this that was not a blonde lady in full makeup staring pensively out a window?

Showing up to occupy physical space isn’t the only way to care about the world, so why do we seem to think it is?

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The #OCDame: Why Reading Is So Important To My Mental Health

Reading is more than just escapism. For some people, it's a key component of their mental wellbeing.

Book therapy is not a new concept, though its recent emergence in more mainstream counseling practices and treatment programs has made it something of a trendy topic for think pieces and the like.

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