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?

do you 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… Continue reading How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against 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

Mental illness life: comparing spoon theory and fork theory
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Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

I first heard about fork theory from a post on the blog Bipolar Me. Well, that's not exactly true; I had noticed that some people had made their way to my post on spoon theory by searching for fork theory. Being a bit of a doofus, I had assumed that people were just getting their… Continue reading Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

illustration from Molly's Fund of spoon theory and number of spoons needed for daily tasks in chronic illness
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Applying Spoon Theory to Living with Mental Illness

Molly's Fund on Pinterest Over the last year of blogging, I've learned about many things. One of those things is Christine Miserandino's spoon theory. In a 2003 essay, she described using the metaphor to explain to a friend what it felt like to have a chronic invisible illness (in her case, lupus). She and her friend… Continue reading Applying Spoon Theory to Living with Mental Illness