Academic

“I’m bipolar” or “I have bipolar”: Word Meaning and Verbal Sense

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Supportive

Why It’s So Hard Loving Someone Who Has a Mental Illness

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Personal

The Ghost of Self-Harm: A Tale of Psychotic Depression

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What does it feel like to have bipolar disorder?

By on February 19, 2017

Every time someone asks me this question, I ask them this question: “Well, how much time d’you got?”

It’s a good question. I’m glad people are asking it. But it’s not the best question to ask from my bipolar perspective. It’s kind of like if I were to ask someone,…


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Supportive

Rumination: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

By on January 23, 2017

So, shower thought (literally): Do I even have time to ruminate?

It was a Sunday night and I was vaguely tired after yoga. Yet, I still had a book to finish, a paper to review, and research to read for class. As I geared up with a cozy blanket in…


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Personal

The Allure of Self-Harm

By on January 19, 2017

She is beauty, she is grace, she is… longing for self-harm again? Trigger warning for self-harm method descriptions.

Self-harm is a much more complex topic than we think. It’s not just cutting or other direct tissue harm; it’s binge drinking, unsafe sex, reckless driving, stopping medication… it’s intentionally hurting oneself, and…


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Academic

Contextualizing Mental Illness and Recovery

By on January 17, 2017

Defining recovery has been a hot topic in my life lately. So what is recovery? There will be few answers in this post, but certainly lots of food for thought. I hope to provide a meaningful context in which to think about recovery. By no means will I suggest…


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Personal

Timeless Reveries of the Me Trapped in Mental Illness

By on January 7, 2017

Amidst holiday frustrations, something wonderful happened to me: I forgot I was mentally ill. Let me deconstruct that sentence. And please note, as always, this is not meant to generalize to anyone and this is my personal journey.

For those who participate in holiday events in December, it’s well known that…

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