I have a friend who has depression and anxiety. Despite these diseases making it extremely difficult for her to climb out of bed every day and go to work at a demanding job, she has done just that for years. She is amazing. Just as amazing as a blind man (like Eric Weihenmayer) or a double… Read More Stigma vs. Awe in Mental Illness
Both of these women blessed my life and the lives of countless others because they had such good character.
It wasn’t a character issue. It was an illness issue. They did need attention—like a person with a broken bone needs attention, like a person who just got in a car accident needs attention, like a person with pneumonia needs attention.… Read More Suicide is Not About Character
When you’re lonely, its like you don’t even exist on this earth with everyone else, its like being a ghost. I guess thats why solitary confinement is the worst punishment in prisons, its the most painful place a person can be in.
If you are feeling lonely, don’t beat yourself up about it. Human interaction is a normal human need. If anxiety is keeping you from getting the amount of human interaction that is good for you, then you are normal for feeling lonely. … Read More Anxiety and Loneliness
The OCD wants me to live in a fire-proof, earthquake-proof, intruder-proof room (with a treadmill so I don’t die of inactivity) and never leave.
But even if that would be a safe life, it would be an empty, unhappy, meaningless life.
I have to be willing to risk my life in order to have a happy and meaningful life. I have to fight to do what feels important and meaningful to me.… Read More Anxiety and Traveling
Several years ago, while I was still in college, I encountered a really difficult situation that felt beyond my capacity to handle. I was in an art class to fulfill the art requirement for the degree, not because I have any artistic talents. One day in class, out of nowhere, the teacher called me up… Read More Mightier than your Mental Illness
There is one OCD compulsion that took me a long time to realize was part of OCD. Now I call it my “visual tracing compulsion,” but when I was younger, I called it “my checking thing.” It was just something I had to do, hundreds of times a day (at least). And even once I… Read More OCD and Visual Tracing Compulsions
The truth is that the nervousness the average person feels about job hunting cannot be compared to the anxiety someone with a mental illness experiences while job hunting. They are as equivalent as your rundown neighborhood baseball diamond is with Yankee Stadium, as a baby chick is with a dinosaur, as an old Geo Metro is with a Ferrari. … Read More Job Searching with a Mental Illness