Mental illness life: jellyfish with symptoms as the umbrella plus tentacles as so much more jelly
Mental Health & Illness

Where’s the Instruction Manual for Mental Illness Life?

When you first get a mental illness diagnosis, it's easy enough to look up and see what the symptoms are, but no one ever tells you there's a whole buttload of other stuff that goes along with it. The mental illness experience covers so much more than just the symptoms, and it doesn't come with… Continue reading Where’s the Instruction Manual for Mental Illness Life?

a list of cognitive biases that can feed into social anxiety
Mental Health & Illness

Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

This post is a follow-up to a conversation that Winter Dragonflies and I were having about different mental errors that can feed into social anxiety. We all have a natural set of cognitive biases that can result in mental errors, so I wanted to take a look at what some of those might be. Cognitive… Continue reading Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

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The UN’s Position on Human Rights and Mental Illness

In 1991, the United Nations General Assembly passed a set of principles for the protection of persons with mental illness and the improvement of mental health care. The international community will talk the talk when it comes to human rights and mental illness, but they're still a long way from walking the walk. This post… Continue reading The UN’s Position on Human Rights and Mental Illness

Maya Angelou quote: "Do the best you can until you can do better. Then do better."
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A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts on Mental Illness

I'll start with a bit of a disclaimer and say that I didn't do any searching to verify these quotes, and internet quotes are notoriously unreliable, so these people may or may not have said the things that I'm telling you they said. Regardless of who said what, I think these words are relevant to… Continue reading A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts on Mental Illness

Does the gut microbiome affect mental health? - graphic of magnifying glass looking inside intestines
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Does the Gut Microbiome Affect Mental Health?

We all have trillions of microbes living in our intestines. This microbiome, which develops in infancy, plays a major role in our digestion, but there's growing evidence that it affects more than just our digestive system. This collection of critters weighs about 2 kg and includes bacteria, fungi, and viruses. There is no "normal" microbiome… Continue reading Does the Gut Microbiome Affect Mental Health?

Non-acceptance, suffering, and mental illness - outline of a person meditating in lotus position
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Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness

Winter Dragonflies wrote quite a while back about creating your peace. It made me think about the relationship between non-acceptance and suffering in the context of mental illness, and I started this draft that I've finally gotten around to writing. Mental illness isn't fun, that much is clear. How we relate to illness, wellness, and… Continue reading Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness

Does mental illness make you look older? - image of face at three different ages
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Does Mental Illness Make You Look Older?

Mental illness can certainly feel like it ages you, but is the combination of aging and mental illness something that's visible from the outside? Does mental illness make you look older than you actually are? Changes over the years For a good chunk of my adult life, I looked youngish for my age. Not as… Continue reading Does Mental Illness Make You Look Older?

Britney Spears performing in 2016
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The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Britney Spears, Roundhouse, London (Apple Music Festival 2016)Drew de F Fawkes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Britney Spears has been in the news recently after the New York Times released its documentary Framing Britney Spears. It's on Hulu and FX, which I don't have access to, so I haven't watched it. Still, I wanted… Continue reading The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

How hard do you push yourself? Cartoon of a person straining towards an out of reach carrot
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How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?

Perhaps there are things you want to do, or think you should do, but they’re just not happening. How hard do you push yourself to try to get ‘er done anyway? Do you keep trying even when it becomes clear there's no way it's going to happen? I can think of a few factors that… Continue reading How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?