How Do I Tell My Parents I Think I’m Mentally Ill?

If you’re a teen or preteen and are struggling with your thoughts and behaviors right now, you may be worried that you’re mentally ill, and deeply desire to get some relief from these feelings. If you are between the ages of 10 and 18, it is important to know that your brain is going through the most […]

Mindfulness Can Bring You Peace

There are wonderful mindfulness practices that, when practiced and used over time, can help train you to live in a healthier state of being, with more peace and less struggle with tough emotions. There is a wonderful website, Mindfulness Muse that is written by therapists and trained mental health professionals and covers many of the […]

Can a Person with Severe Mental Illness Lead a Normal Life?

  A person with multiple severe mental illnesses, like myself, will never lead a “normal” life. We are not neurotypical, and cannot lead neurotypical lives. We live our own special brand of lives. These lives can be worthwhile, rich, and rewarding, even though they do contain immense suffering. Of course, trying to get as close […]

Professional Help: The People You Need On Your Team

You have two kinds of professionals that can help you. There are professionals who perform talk therapy and there are professionals who prescribe medicine. Professionals who do talk therapy include psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, and analysts. They can help you sort out your feelings and find solutions to problem thoughts or behavior. Professionals who […]

What Is It Like To Go To A Psychiatric Hospital?

It starts out scary and uncomfortable. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be there. I was already suicidal, and here I was voluntarily giving up every comforting thing I had in my life: people, places, and things, in order to commit myself to not dying. Fuck. I should have killed myself, this […]

Can A Bipolar Person Ever Be Happy?

I’m happy. I’m from Texas. I’m on disability income because of bipolar, and I live with my fiance in my hometown. I have a loving partner, a cat, friends, a good psychiatrist, a great therapist, and parents who live nearby. I also have mixed-state episodes, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, psychotic episodes, […]