living with mental health issues

An Open Letter To (My) Depression

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Dear Depression, it’s time we had a talk, you and me.

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Confession: I Hate Breathing Exercises

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Breathing exercises can be a saving grace for some; for me they can be a major trigger.

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When Mental Illness Hurts Too Much To Talk About 

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I have a mental illness. I am mentally ill. I can barely bring myself to say the words. I have not uttered the phrase “I am mentally ill” out loud.

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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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10 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You To Know

Average life events evoke extreme anxiety and deep, internal sadness that most will never understand.

I’m ready to demystify the stereotypes and break down the stigma of bipolar disorder.

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What It's Like Dating Someone With Anxiety

You have to deal with days that are very sad for no reason.

Here is what it is like to date someone with anxiety (in my experience, anyway).

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Dear Neurotypical People: Please Stop Gatekeeping OCD


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During a psychology lecture in 2012, I casually mumbled to a friend that the optical illusions on the teacher's slides were “messing with my OCD,”

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How To Be There For Someone With A Mental Illness

Having others have faith in me was the catalyst for my recovery in the early stages.

After my second episode of schizoaffective disorder, I had very little hope for any sort of future. Generating hope when times were bleak was the most vital part of my recovery because it motivated me to work hard in therapy to improve my life.

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Ask Erin: Help! My Trans Partner’s Desire To Be Male Terrifies Me 

"What can I do to keep my fear from tearing us down?"

She’s made all the mistakes, so you don’t have to…Ask Erin is a weekly advice column, in which Erin answers your burning questions about anything at all.

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How We Talk About Mental Health Is Wrong

If we openly acknowledge that these are life-long struggles for many people and that you’ll slip up, mess up and some days, panic attacks will happen, then it’s not so terrifying when they do. By putting the focus back on improving life where we can, with the tools we have, and doing the best we can, we take the pressure off ourselves to find a cure or be cured.

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