To the fathers that are struggling with their mental illness. To the fathers that find inspiration and motivation to keep fighting for their children. To the fathers that continue to provide support to their children that are struggling with a mental illness. Happy Father's Day. Enjoy your day.
"Forgiveness is for you and no one else" Learning to accept yourself for what you have done or finding forgiveness for someone that has wronged you in the past can be difficult but it's needed to move forward. At the end of the day, it is me carrying these emotions around which will constantly set … Continue reading Closure
"Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve to feel joy or love when I'm depressed. It is still hard to accept this but I'm learning how to." Anonymous post. Thank you for sharing!
May is an interesting month for me. May consist of Mother's Day, my mother's birthday, and around the time she got sick that led to her death. Over the years since her death, I've gone through multiple emotions with this month. Sadness because I missed her. Anger because she left me. Envy for those that … Continue reading Celebrating her
I know anyone that struggles with mental illness understands the battle between the rational and emotional mind. I'm reading "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Coleman again. I remember one of my psychology professors recommended it to me in college while working with him during an independent study. If you are a psych nerd like myself or … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence
This is especially for the people that feel stuck in their recovery and struggling with making that "first step" towards treatment. It is ok to be uncomfortable. Treatment is going to constantly test you. You will be pushed to places that you may have buried for years. I've spoken before about vulnerability and I feel … Continue reading Being uncomfortable
I have a friend that has schizoaffective disorder and we talked about the aftermath of an episode. Episodes include depressive, manic, mixed, psychotic, etc. You go through them at weeks (or months) and at times all you were trying to do is stabilize enough to make it through them. You survive it but now you … Continue reading The aftermath
Through years of therapy and recovery, you learn different coping techniques or skills to manage your symptoms. Over time, you saw results and they were proven effective. You remain hopeful and dependent on them. Then one day, it no longer works. You give it time, try to make it habitual, but it still doesn't work. … Continue reading Moving on
Oh the rabbit hole I fall into when I overthink, especially when I rationalize things to fit my current state of reality. I've learned how to step back and try to process situations rationally. This can be tough when you have impulsive/obsessive thought patterns, history of psychosis, or other factors that can cause rumination or … Continue reading Stepping back
"That I am responsible for treatment even if that treatment is simply working on self awareness and discipline. Mental illness has taught me that it is not an excuse; it is something to work on." Nettie was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. After 7 years of therapy, those diagnoses stemmed directly … Continue reading No excuses