I have always said that the physical symptoms of my anxiety are much worse than the mental symptoms. Yes, obsessing over worries and constantly thinking about impending doom is rough. But it is much more challenging to calm yourself down when your heart is beating so fast it feels like it will pop out of… Continue reading Could it be panic disorder?
Highly functional in the realm of mental illness is typically described as someone who has many symptoms of a mental illness or is diagnosed with a mental illness but continues to work and live life in a somewhat "functional" way. When I met my therapist, she described some of the patients that she typically works… Continue reading Highly Functional and Mentally Ill: What You Don’t Understand
I started seeing my therapist in November 2017. Soon after that, I went to see a psychiatrist (the first one I saw didn't listen to me at all and it was just a bad connection *cue the old AOL dial tone noise*). I went to see another psychiatrist and the medicine she has prescribed has… Continue reading Living With The Regret of Not Getting Help Sooner
Within the last year and a half, I had an ex boyfriend complete suicide, I broke up with a boyfriend of 3 years, my 7 year old beagle had to be put down, I resigned from a job I had for close to 4 years and I went through another break up. I am going… Continue reading Getting Through The Grief: Short Stories of Love and Death
Sexual trauma can be a variety of things. Sexual trauma can occur when you are coerced into sexual relations with someone you know. Sexual trauma can be molestation from a family member at a young age. Sexual trauma can be when a stranger rapes you. Sexual trauma could be when you are fighting with your… Continue reading 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Sexual Trauma Survivors
"Don’t talk about it, pray about it." "You’re gonna pay to talk to somebody? Talk to me for free." "Put it in God's hands." "They don’t need to know all your business, you trying to open a case?!" These are some common responses I’ve heard in my field of mental health with minorities, specifically within… Continue reading “Put It In God’s Hands” Commentary From Working With The Black Community in Mental Health
Anxiety is very common. You probably know someone in your life that has an anxiety disorder in some form. Anxiety accounts for more than 3 million cases in the United States alone. Since it is one of the more common mental health conditions, it can be easy to overlook your symptoms as just "not that… Continue reading Are You Ignoring Your Anxiety Symptoms?
Mental illness is viewed by a lot of people as a choice or that somehow we caused these conditions. A choice to be sad for attention, a choice to feel anxious so we don't have to go, a choice to not eat out of vanity, a choice to overthink memories or a choice to have… Continue reading Do You Think Mental Illness Is A Choice? Read This, PLUS A Screenshot
I have PTSD. Not the kind that most people think about. I haven't been to a war. I haven't been in a car accident. I haven't watched a loved one die in front of my eyes. I have PTSD from sexual and relationship based trauma as well as from the abandonment I felt from being sent to boarding… Continue reading Parenting with PTSD: Parenting Through Fear
I have been in jobs where I feel like my creativity, my voice and my autonomy were been stifled. I have been in roles where I feel like I have "permission" to flourish and lead. I obviously prefer the latter. I am a High D High I (Disc Profiling Explained) and require a certain amount of… Continue reading 3 Signs Your Job Is Negatively Impacting Your Mental Health and Questions To Ask Yourself