I was gone for a little while. You were gone as well. Welcome back Jay! If that is even who I am anymore. Mental health makes you question a lot of things, significant things, trivial things. It makes you question the core of your own existence, but most importantly, the why. Why are you so fucked up Jay? After all the work you have done for yourself and for others you stoop this low? I wish I had an answer, or an excuse, like before. But the truth is that I don’t, not anymore. My excuse-fa...
The Virtue of Patience in Mental Health
I am not a patient man, never have been. It can be severely frustrating for me to wait for a package in the mail, or for lab results to come back. If I am looking forward to doing something on the weekend, my entire attention gets directed toward the event, and it becomes almost unbearable to live through the torturing minutes, hours and days before then. Over the years I have become very aware of this flaw, and I have put in a lot of effort to get better. Even though I am not as morbidly ...
Who Are You?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked that question? Who is that person staring back at you, judging you, questioning every single one of your moves? Are they in control, and if they are not, who is? Sometimes those questions may be too existential to some people, who would just rather ignore them and continue roaming through life aimlessly, hoping to find good fortune and happiness in only-god-knows what. If you have followed my articles and my posts on social media you already ...
How To Stay Productive on Depressive Days
It is something that I personally struggle with from time to time. There are days that I wake up in the morning and I don’t have the energy or the desire to do anything, when I have a lot to get done. What is worse, my depression tells me that it is just not worth to do those things, that I am wasting my time and that I should just put them off while I stay in bed and sleep. Being a generally ambitious person with a lot that I want to accomplish, you can understand how that type of ...
Is Looking Into The Past Harmful to Your Mental Health?
I have always had a tendency for nostalgia. I like to look back at moments in my life where I was experiencing something meaningful, maybe with someone who was important to me at the time and is no longer around. I tend to wonder if still having them with me would make me happy, if I could make amends for all the wrong things I did. When I think about these types of things I usually end up sad, because I beat myself up about a past that I cannot change, and about a person I cannot bring ...
This Is What Anxiety Feels Like
I remember one day when I had to across town to run an errand, and while I was driving on the freeway I began to feel like I was going too fast and would probably lose control of the car. If that didn't happen someone would crash into me and kill me, or probably a tire would blow, maybe a wheel would fall off; it didn't matter what highly unlikely event would enfold, the fact was that I would not get off the freeway alive. If this rationale sounds somewhat silly to you don't worry, it ...
Lack Of Sleep Relate to Depression and Anxiety, Study Shows
A new study conducted by Binghamton University shows that sleeping less than 8 hours a day is associated with depression and anxiety, especially because of repetitive thoughts. I can definitely relate to this, as the less I sleep the more anxious I feel, and vice versa. For this reason I try to establish a healthy sleeping routine, because it can affect me mentally the next day. Read the entire article here. Do you get enough sleep every night? How does it affect your mood?
Battling The Stigma, First Step In Getting Help For Those With Mental Illness
This is the story of Evan, who spent his first stint in a psychiatric hospital at thirteen. I can only imagine what a harrowing experience that must have been. But the stigma kept him quiet for decades, and finally speaking about it and helping break down the walls helped him push forward. Click Here to Read Entire Article
Holidays and Depression: Suggestions On Managing
The Holidays, especially Christmas, can bring a lot of factors that could potentially increase the depression risk. Those prone to depressive episodes can be faced with situations that will put them under tremendous stress and they could find themselves working through a lot of emotions, all by themselves. Here is a helpful article that will help us make it out the other side: Click Here to Read
We Need Courage
Those of us with mental illness go through periods of time where we have very little strength. It is almost impossible to do the menial every day things just to stay afloat, like showering or brushing our teeth. Sometimes just breathing is hard enough. This is the reason that we need a lot of courage; we need to just survive those days of little strength and make it to the other side alive. If we can do that consistently, the battle is ours.
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