Self-love is something that not everyone has for themselves, but when you must struggle with your mental health condition(s), having love for yourself is very important in mental wellness… Continue Reading
Self-medication is when a person takes drugs or alcohol to make themselves feel better about a self-diagnosis or existing diagnoses and have not consulted with a physician before picking their drug of choice.
I have complied an updated list of mental health resource phone numbers and hotlines that anyone from the United States could use and keep handy; especially if you are in a crisis or feel like you might harm yourself or somebody else.
I have learned a lot in the 20-some-odd-years since I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder. No one really wants to be told that they will be on medications for the rest of their life, but that is just the way life happens sometimes.
The My Bipolar Mind Group on Facebook is a place where you can talk about anything mental health related. You don’t even have to be bipolar to join. You could have any mental health disorder and still be accepted into this mental health support group.
Self-harm happens all over the globe. It does not matter your age, gender, race, or what mental health disorders you have. 17% of the population has self-harmed at some point in their life…
It’s always a good idea to take at least 30-60 minutes out of your day to do something for yourself that can help you relax and unwind from a stressful, busy, or long day…
Being outside in nature with natural sunlight has some pretty amazing health and wellness benefits that you may not be aware of…
If you are curious to know what the three affirmations are; continue reading.
I know I have been posting blog post after blog post over the last several hours (thanks to mania and insomnia), but I thought I would try something a little different for me and write about 10 things I am grateful for this morning.
Seeing a psych for the first time can be stressful, but going in prepared can help tremendously. Almost everyone is so nervous the days leading up to the appointment.
Cutting, Scratching, Burning. There are a number of ways an individual may self-harm. And it’s more common than you may think. In fact, Nearly 17% of all people will self-harm sometime during their lives. March is self-harm awareness month, to help bring attention to self-injuring behaviors and get rid of some of the confusions about what self-harm is, identify the signs to watch for, and offer ways to help someone who you suspect might be engaging in self-harming activities
I am no stranger to inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations or even to partial hospitalization programs for mental health treatment and care. Before my first ever stay in a Behavioral Health Unit, I lived in fear of being told I needed inpatient mental health care because it was something I had never experienced before and feared deeply.
I just wanted to share a very easy and simple mindfulness technique that you can try almost anywhere you are. It only takes a brief few minutes to complete. This exercise can help ground you and bring you back to the here and now during times of high anxiety or stress.
No one wants to live with a mental illness but if you find yourself on the opposite end of a psychiatrist’s desk and they are telling you that they believe you suffer from a mental health condition it can feel like your world has suddenly stopped. Or you could feel numb, maybe a bit uncertain about what this means for you.
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There is still so much mental health stigma in this world, even after all these years. While we have made some incredible progress toward understanding mental illness, what causes it, and how we can treat it, there is still a lot more pertinent information that we have yet to uncover and learn about.
Educating people on mental health and mental health disorders can help tear down the walls of mental health stigma one brick at a time. People fear what they don’t know. So, helping people who have never struggled with their mental health or who have never had a loved one who struggled with their mental health learn the facts from the myths can help make the topic feel less scary for some people.
Don’t get caught up in believing in these 5 common mental health myths!
I would like to wish everyone who reads this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is to hoping that 2021 will be so much better and less stressful for everyone!
(Warning: This is a long post! Sorry!)
Helplines are there for people during their times of need. If you are ever struggling with things such as your mental health or addiction, please reach out to others for help and support. You do not have to try to be “brave” or “tough.” It’s okay to not be okay. That does not make you weak.
Save or print this helpline reference sheet in case of emergencies!
I have always hated little sayings and phrases that involve the word normal such as, “Try to act normal,” “Can’t you just be normal for once?” and even “You’re not normal.” It makes you really have to think hard about what normality even means and to who? Who gets to define and decide what is or isn’t normal in our society? In our everyday lives? Is there some kind of formal typed up
I am so excited to announce the release of my second book in the My Bipolar Mind series: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos.