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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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