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Positively Depressed

[W]e will be help raise awareness, educate, support, and one day eliminate stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Together we can make a difference.  We will be able to show the world that mental illness is not going away.  It is real!

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Confessions of a Nail Tech

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”

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the little things

I have lived with recurrent major depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) since grade school. I also have grappled with  fibromyalgia for almost twenty years, even chronic illness. The back surgeries (a fusion and a Harrignton Rod) I underwent as a teenager to correct severe kyphosis and scoliosis did not exactly help matters–my pain specialist suspects they triggered my fibro; plus, as most folks with fibro understand, fibro likes company, so I also have migraines, Raynaud’s, arthritis, etc. I have discovered a wealth of support here on the blogosphere. Chronic illness, be it mental or physical, is damn lonely, and connecting with people who understand because they have the same struggles is healing. And quite often, chronic pain and depression go hand-in-hand.

Mental illness, of course, carries its own burden of loneliness, thanks in large part to the tremendous stigma attached to any diagnosis of mental illness; one of the reasons that I refuse to hide my difficulties is that the more people cover up and pretend they don’t have any mental health issues, the more the stigma gets reinforced.

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The Cranky Giraffe

I’m not new to anxiety – it started when I was 19.  It probably started before then, but I only began to recognize it then. . .  Things have gotten better and then worse and better again over the past year.  But now, with some of the biggest changes in my life coming up, I think my anxiety is on the road to becoming the worst it’s ever been.

The scariest thing: I don’t know what to do about it.  I’m already taking medication.  I’m already seeing a psychiatrist.  I am already exercising regularly.  I am already reaching out to the people whom I know can help me (without being too needy).  But at this moment in time, I feel like everything is failing me.

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All that I am, all that I ever was…

But whenever I begin questioning my little corner of the internet, I remind myself of the reasons why I began blogging in the first place; so that other people experiencing mental health problems would not feel alone, so that those prejudiced against mental illness could learn about what people have to live with and so that I could explore myself through the therapeutic act of writing. All causes I am still committed to.

This is a blog about mental illness, but it’s also a blog about me; a valiant (if futile) attempt to tell the world that no one thing defines who a person is, that they are so much more than their mental illness, homelessness, sexual predilection or social standing.

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Art, Spirit, Nature

In my family, the stigma of mental health treatment out-weighs any imaginable benefit. . .  I have distanced myself from family members for years when their choices prove toxic to my sanity and stability. We do not share a belief system, one that is a matter of life or death for me.

I believe in choosing to confront mental illness and be proactive for mental health.  So that’s why I am Blogging for Mental Health in 2014. Every one of my posts is already an attempt to focus on the pathways in life that encourage my mental health, my strong and living spirit, my love of life. I’m just making it clear that there is a deliberate purpose to my blogging.

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livesimplykmm

Note from Ruby:  Okay, confession time. When I first add blogs to the Blogroll, I usually don’t read the posts as much as I skim them, which I hope you understand, given the volume that come in all at once. So when I sat down and actually read what the author of this piece wrote just now, looking for an excerpt to share out on this site, I was absolutely floored by the kind words the author had for Canvas, its authors and readers, and BFMH.

My journey with creating a solid foundation for my mental health has been long considering how young I am. Many genetic and existential factors have played into my life, making me need to find a way to adjust to the many different moments living creates. I can say that the single factor that has always kept me trucking on, throughout all the madness that can be your early-twenties (finding out who you are and how you are going to live your life can be a rough journey!), is the incredible support system that I have been blessed to have found. The movement that Canvas of the Minds created only furthered the idea in my head that everyone has their demons and we are never alone in the challenges we face each day. Not only this, but I believe that this community is the most understanding, non-judgemental group of people I have ever encountered. It’s truly a light in the darkness.

Mental health has had a stigma for as long as anyone can remember and it is simply ridiculous, especially with the growing number of people that need support coping with certain aspects of mental health. For me, mental health is about living so fully that you radiate and having a meaningful perspective. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to evolve and learn, it isn’t hot-wired into all of us, or we are made to believe the wrong thing about ourselves and about life over time.

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smudger73’s Blog

Well I’ve only started blogging about Mental Health since last year.  I have lived with Depression for over 15 years and its not until now I have come to terms with it and the world around it.  I found blogging about it and sharing my experiences have gave me far more clarity and sent my life into positive areas. . .

I am very passionate about ending the stigma and raising awareness so much so it has now taken over my life and opened doors I never thought existed.  So why don’t you join me in this journey and together we can join as one and lend out that helpful hand so many people need.

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Snake Lady Librarian

The status of my mental health has been a Big. Bad. Secret. for many years. I’ve lived in a state of continual shame and fear of being found out, of being judged, of being shunned. I’ve discussed it with good friends who tell me I have no obligation to be a poster child for any cause, I have no obligation to “come out.” But don’t I have some responsibility to give back to those that have helped me get as far as I have?

While I respect my privacy, and do not intend this blog to become a diary, I do believe I have a responsibility to give back to the community of mental health professionals, fellow mental health advocates and consumers, and my friends and family that have helped me achieve a situation where I can maintain a life for myself. I am going to do so, in one small way, by breaking through my own shame and talking about mental health.

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Fragments of my thoughts

As stated managing anxiety can be difficult but the anxiety sufferer, with support and knowledge can eliminate or reduce symptoms and fears.  Seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist or mental health worker is a good starting point and will determine what specific anxiety you may suffer from and how you may deal with it. Support groups are also available in most areas and can introduce you to others that know what you are experiencing and therefore empathise with your condition. Here you may also learn of how anxiety can vary greatly in its manifestations in each individual. While one person may suffer from general anxiety, another may suffer from phobias, and another post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); each with its own particular symptoms, and as with most things, as everyone is different, no one PTSD sufferer, for example, will experience the same symptoms either.

As well as talking to a professional and other sufferers of anxiety, it is also useful to talk openly and honestly to someone close to you such as your partner, parent or friend.

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welcome to grand central

At home, my husband didn’t know what to do. He didn’t know the evil thoughts the depression had planted in my mind. He only witnessed my rage. He protected the kids from my screaming. He contained me while I threw TV remotes and jewelry boxes around the room. I behaved like an alien, while he cried silently. He held me, while I lashed out at an unknown enemy. . .

I couldn’t tell a soul about those thoughts. I believed if I shared those dark thoughts, I was weak. But I wasn’t weak. Like a broken bone, my brain was falling apart and needed aid.

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Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation

Teen writings:)

I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.

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