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

The mental illness cutlery drawer: spoon theory, fork theory, knives, and more
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The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

You may have heard of spoon theory, a popular metaphor for dealing with chronic illness and energy-depleting activities. You're probably less likely to have heard of a variant called fork theory, and you probably haven't heard of knife theory. In this post, we're going to do a deep-dive into the mental illness cutlery drawer, and… Continue reading The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

Rainbow model of mental illness symptom and functional domains
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Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

This post is based on some of the conversation generated by a recent post, Is It Helpful to Sanitize Mental Illness? Those of us living with mental illness have a whole rainbow worth of experiences, and I wanted to find a way to represent that. Hence, the rainbow model. Mental illness symptoms There are no… Continue reading Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

ways of staying organized while blogging with depression
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Refreshing My Depression Organization System

Sometimes, depression can cause busy mind that's focused on the negative. I get slow mind. Slow mind gets confused and overwhelmed. I rely on my organization system to compensate for this, at least to some extent. As time goes by, though, the system gets overwhelmed, at which point it needs a refresh or a broader… Continue reading Refreshing My Depression Organization System

My depression's cooling relationship with social media - graphic of ice cubes with social media logos
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My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media

I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging, I created accounts on Pinterest and Twitter. I started a new Facebook account, but deleted that pretty quickly because I just don't like Facebook. Last year, I created… Continue reading My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media

Is high-functioning useful to describe mental illness? - graphic of a woman multi-tasking
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Is High-Functioning Useful to Describe Mental Illness?

It's not uncommon to hear the term high-functioning getting tossed around to describe people's mental health conditions.  But is it a term that's meaningful or useful? To clarify, I'm not referring to people describing their own level of functioning in a way that feels right for them.  I'm all for people using whatever language they… Continue reading Is High-Functioning Useful to Describe Mental Illness?

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Mental Illness and What I Can and Can’t Do

Mental illness makes it very easy to focus our attention on what we can't do rather than what we can do. I also tend to disqualify (at least in relative terms) what I can do and place greater importance on what I can't. Can Many of my cans revolve around blogging and writing. Blogging and… Continue reading Mental Illness and What I Can and Can’t Do

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Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

Living alone, I have to do all my own grocery shopping. It's been that way for years, so no big deal, right? Well, what used to be a simple task has become a bit more of a production with mental illness tagging along. It turns out grocery shopping with mental illness isn't a great combination.… Continue reading Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

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Adapting Ambitions to Life with Mental Illness

What were your ambitions for yourself when you were a kid?  Ballerina?  Astronaut?  President of the whole world?  When we get a little older, reality intrudes on some of the fantasies, and we make some adjustments.  Then maybe we get on track and things are chugging along just fine, and suddenly reality comes knocking again.… Continue reading Adapting Ambitions to Life with Mental Illness

I'm Actually Getting Stupider: Cognitive symptoms of depression
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The THINC-it Test in Depression: I’m Actually Getting Stupider

Despite what the title might suggest, this post isn't about me being self-critical. I've been struggling for months with cognitive symptoms of depression, and on a daily basis I notice that it impairs my overall functioning. But it's not something I've ever had much of an objective sense of, until I tried the THINC-it test.… Continue reading The THINC-it Test in Depression: I’m Actually Getting Stupider