Even though anxiety is still an ongoing issue in my life, it's something that, like my depression, I have been able to get a better grasp on. Mental illness is different for every person, but these are some ways that I have found to be effective in helping to manage my anxiety.
Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.
When we attempt to divorce ourselves from pain, we end up feeling nothing pleasurable or meaningful at all. When we better understand, tolerate, and harness distressing thoughts and feelings, and become aware of the situations when they are helpful, we become empowered.
I feel like by saying "I'm hurting" in front of family, friends, and more than a few strangers that it's admitting I can't hack it. That I'm less than people who aren't suffering from major depression. It doesn't matter that intellectually I know that's a crock of shit, emotionally I can't help but feel there's something lacking in me.
Although 1 in 4 of us, or more than 60 million American adults, experiences a mental health condition each year, it is often taboo to talk about mental illness in the workplace, forcing employees with mental health issues to hide their condition.
The current state of mental health care delivery systems in America is non-sustainable. According to NAMI, in addition to the immeasurable human costs of untreated mental illness, the financial costs continue to spiral out of control.
Despite reminding myself that I was a smart, invincible, solutions-driven entrepreneur I could feel that failure was headed my way. Sales had dropped significantly and profits dried up. I found myself crying every day in the car on the way to work.
Okay, here's the deal: I love Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler. Both are women who don't apologize for anything they say, think, or do, and became incr...
Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.
The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.
For those who read this who don't suffer depression, I hope this helps you understand where those of us who do are at at any given moment. I hope you have a little more patience (or less depending on the situation). I hope not that you stop trying to fix it, but acknowledge that maybe it can't be fixed.
Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
We laughed so fricken hard that day, my lungs hurt. It felt SO good. Sometimes, nothing beats acting completely silly, off-the-chain ridiculous, and just kind of stupid simply because you can. I needed that day.
Remember that you are the person who is suffering and not your friends and family. Don't let the opinions of your peers prevent you from getting your life back. Your health is the most important thing and must be your number one priority. Do what is best for you.
Victim isn't a bad word. It shouldn't imply that someone is a loser, a weakling, a malingerer or a chronic sad sack. For most people, being a victim is a stage in response to experiencing something traumatic that had a victimizing impact on them.
This is an interview with Francie Winters, coordinator of Environmental Strategies at the Nye and Esmeralda Counties Coalition (NyECC) in Pahrump, Nev...
I did my best to sum up how education policies are destroying education and, more importantly, harmful to students, on a recent HuffPost Live segment.
In some cases your friends and relatives might give you a hard time regarding your mental health struggles. Here eight suggestions on how to deal with mental health stigma from your peers.
When I left New York's Long Island City to drive home to Illinois, I left someone very important behind: My wife, Cathy. Granted, I've known this day was coming since early June. That's when she received an offer to take on her dream challenge; a chance to test all of the skills she has developed and honed since skating into her teenage years.
Angela M. Carter was born, and raised, in a Virginia farming town of less than 280 country-folk. Carter moved abroad, to England, for nearly five years and returned to sweet Virginia with a new-found confidence, and voice.