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Mental in the Midwest

Trigger warning:  Talk of suicide.

My name is Erin, I’m 37 years old.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II when I was 29 and then with Borderline Personality Disorder when I was 31.  I’ve attempted suicide 4 times, 2 of which landed me in the ICU.  The last time my doc wasn’t sure if I’d caused myself permanent brain damage.  That was in 2010.  I have since completed my first Master’s degree, gotten married for the 3rd time, advanced in my job as an instructional designer at a highly respected university, and started a second Master’s degree.

I am way more that my diagnoses.

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Pride in Madness

It was the discrimination the I experienced as a youth with mental health issues that drew me into any sort of advocacy work although I didn’t start this blog until December 2011. It’s very important to me that others know their poor treatment of people with mental health issues is unacceptable, violating our human rights and inaccurate.

If I can get a little selfish, this blog is also a great “fuck you” to those who though I would never amount to anything other than becoming an alcoholic or possibly being dead. I am successful in my personal and professional life and many of us with mental health issues are and if we are not it’s because we’re working with a system that doesn’t help us.

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Not a Punk Rocker

Today is good, tomorrow might be OK.  Yet you worry about what will happen if these meds stop working…next week, a few months, or a year like you almost got to this time.  What will happen when they don’t work?  What will happen when you run out of things to talk about in therapy? What will happen if all the meds stop working?

You, and I, can’t think like that.  Sometimes we can only think one day ahead at a time to keep moving forward toward something better. It’s OK to only look a day at a time right now. Eventually you will want to start looking further.

Trigger warning:  Talk of eating disorder, abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), suicidal ideation. 

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Chopping Potatoes

When my water broke at the end of my third pregnancy, it released the flood waters of postpartum depression.  What I didn’t know was what else was dammed up behind that.  ’Regular old’ depression, I suppose, and most definitely, anxiety.  In some ways, my life has never been better since this deluge; in others, it’s sucked eggs – big, nasty, rotten ones.

But awareness makes a huge difference in all lives – those struggling to achieve mental health and those alongside them.

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Faerie Thoughts

I. . . really wanted to be a part of this, as a sufferer of depression and anxiety. I also no longer want these, and of course all other mental health issues, to be stigmatised and merely brushed under the carpet in societies worldwide.

My entries are a lot about my journey on the road of overcoming my issues, and to have them standing up as part of this mission would be incredible. Not only are my entries my own therapy, but I hope that they help others to understand what happens in the mind and body when having to deal with depression and anxiety. More importantly, share the message that none of us are alone, and together we can fight this.

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Insights From A Bipolar Bear

It wasn’t long before something magical happened. People who weren’t depressed or living with bipolar started reading. Friends and family members seeking an understanding of what was going on the in head of their loved ones. I received many emails thanking me. Some were people who didn’t know anyone with bipolar, but found the information interesting. One even said he found it fascinating.

There weren’t many of us back in those days (6 years is ancient in technology years.) There was a small band of mental health bloggers who shared their experiences and supported one another. I miss them. Most have stopped blogging and moved onto other things in their lives. Does this mean that there aren’t many mental health blogs left? Absolutely Not!! It’s the opposite, actually. The blogosphere has exploded from the number of new mental health writers.

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Diagnosably Delicious

First off, I am currently pursuing my licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy so career-wise I am immersed in mental health on a daily basis. Secondly, but not really disconnected from the first point, I have my own experiences with mental illness and so you could definitely consider me a “wounded healer” and I have been on that self-discovery journey since high school. . .

My intentions of this blog are to bring mental health resources and news to you and with that give you a few recipes to use if you are so inclined. If you have been following me at all before this point you know that I love to cook and have begun experimenting with creating my own recipes which sometimes do not produce the results I am expecting.

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that cynking feeling

The more I thought about it, though, the more I began to think that I shouldn’t rely on other people to take the pledge and write about mental health. I thought about the moment that same morning when darkness wanted to get the best of me. I thought back to last year when I wrote a few posts about my previous experiences with depression. It was hard to share those stories, but I was glad that I did. I believe it was good not only for my own mental health, but for that of others.

That’s why I decided to take the pledge to participate in the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I may not write a lot posts about mental health this year, but I believe in the value of this project enough to commit to it.

Trigger warning:  Talk of suicidal ideation.

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Blogging Astrid

My first encounter with the mental health system was in 2006, when I was being assessed for and eventually diagnosed with autism. I later got additional diagnoses of dissociative identity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. These diagnoses were replaced by a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in 2013. I have resided in a mental institution for over six years, and have met many people with various mental health conditions this way. I have also experienced first-hand the stigma that comes with mental illness.

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Young Adult DBSA Dual Diagnosis Addison Meeting

We don’t face stigma alone, we face it together.

I am a Peer Support Specialist and run a support group for young adults with mental illness and addiction problems just outside Chicago.  I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression (problems with alcohol abuse as well).  Recovering, one day at a time.

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Marci, Mental Health, & More

I have personal lived experience with mental illness, family and friends with mental illness, worked with children who have mental health issues and/or behavioral issues, studied psychology in college, and inhale any book, website, podcast, etc I can find on mental health.  Knowledge is power.  In my “real life” as I refer to it, I am not out to many people about my mental illnesses and those I am out to know only parts I pick and choose to share.

I want to educate others, I want to support others, and I want others to know they are not alone; these are the primary goals of my blog.  I also blog about other every day stuff, because I am not only my mental illness.

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