Sometimes as part of anti-stigma campaigns you'll hear rules that we shouldn't say people are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. The thinking goes that phrasing it this way puts people in a little box in which they are primarily (or only) defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves … Continue reading Are You Your Illness?
No, this picture doesn't look anything like my closet. But it would be fabulous to have something so neat and organized, even though I would need only about 5% of that space. I have quite a few clothes and shoes that I haven't worn for a few years. I used to dress quite femininely, and … Continue reading Closet/Identity Thinning
This is a follow-up to a post last weekend about my identity as a writer. Much like I've always like to write, I've always liked to read. I'm grateful that this was something my parents instilled in me from very early on. Childhood favourites included Anne of Green Gables and the Little House on the … Continue reading Who I am as a reader
Here we are on WordPress, all of us writing. But what does that writing identity look like? I thought I'd do this post to take a closer look into my own. I've always liked to write. When I was young, as in elementary school young I liked to write stories. One of my teachers commented … Continue reading Who I am as a writer
I ask this question in this post's title because I know for some people their illness struck at a relatively young age, or there were always hints of what was to come even if the full-blown illness didn't hit until later. It wasn't like that for me. My first episode of depression didn't start until … Continue reading Were you always depressed/anxious?
I've written about this a few times before, but the language people use when it comes to mental health is so important that I could probably talk about it ad nauseam. There are a lot of words that get tossed around to describe who we are and what we experience, and in this post I'll … Continue reading What’s in a name? Labelling and mental illness
Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness. Author Richard M. Cohen, who himself has multiple sclerosis, works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take. … Continue reading Book review: Strong at the Broken Places
I can get pretty irritable sometimes because of my depression. I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old. One of my former community psychiatrists once told me "you can be a real bitch when you're not well".