It's so difficult finding the healthy balance between self-reflection, distraction, and daily responsibilities. We can't ignore the nightmares that haunt our minds. We can't heal without confronting the monsters that have taken residence in our heads — no different from how closing our eyes tightly won't make a broken leg mend on its own. We … Continue reading It Hurts So Much… But I’ll Keep Breathing
You'd think that those who have walked the agonizing path we're walking through would be the ones that would gaze at our monsters without judgment — that they would understand how diverse and complex mental illness can be. And, oftentimes, they do — overall, the mental health community is an extraordinarily supportive and compassionate environment. … Continue reading STOP Comparing: Recovery Isn’t A Competition
Through most of my writing, I describe mental illness as demons haunting our minds — parasites that chip away and nibble on our who we are and what we want to be... But it's more complicated than that. These demons came from ourselves... Some were developed by a set of genetic and biological components. Some … Continue reading Facing Off … Our Demons?
I have dedicated my third attempt at digital art to all of us who have felt or been accused of losing our minds. Even as mental illness attempts to devour our minds, there is still beauty and strength hidden inside of us. We just have to set it free. [My art]
You know what? Recovery sucks. It's a confusing mess of stumbles and setbacks — no more graceful than an infant attempting their first steps. The movement can be as frustratingly slow as a small snail and curved like a slithering snake. And, despite our good intentions and best efforts, we’ll make mistakes... and sometimes our … Continue reading Recovery Sucks. But Stick With It.
Speaking out. What exactly does this entail? What must we do and how? Aside from acknowledging our mental illnesses, a crucial element in the treatment process is openly speaking to others about what we are going through. In addition to creating a support system, it dwindles some of the control that these unwanted roommates have … Continue reading Speaking out… Shouldn’t Take Away Our Privacy
Mental illness should never be used as a free Get Out of Jail card when we make mistakes and hurt others. Having these mental monsters for roommates can make us irritable and even hostile at times and that's an ok. I have yet to meet someone with mental illness who hasn't had their bad days … Continue reading Don’t Hide Behind Your Mental Illness