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Craving Normalcy As a Gifted Person with Mental Illness

My whole life people have treated me like I’m special. I was the precocious kid who learned to read and play the piano while in kindergarten and was placed in a gifted program for fourth graders when I was in third grade. I was the high schooler who collected honors and awards.

Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was constantly being told how talented I was, between my various musical and artistic gifts...
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Abuse

Is Jesus All You Need for Emotional Healing?

All my life I've watched people stand up in church and tearfully tell how all their problems were solved by inviting Jesus into their heart (a phrase not found in the Bible, btw.) And all my life, their claims bothered me. I just didn't buy it. No therapy. No counseling. No journaling. No learning. No soul searching. No recovery. Their testimonies implied that Jesus healed everything from pain from narcissistic abuse to addiction with absolutely no effort on their part, no...
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Uncategorized

Throwing The Dice

"Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell?, I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance" Grateful Dead

Ironically this is my quote from senior high school except that the word 'not' was omitted. Thinking back...
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General

13 Benefits of Self-Awareness in Mental Illness Recovery

Several years ago, a college counselor told me I would qualify for disability due to my mental illnesses and encouraged me to apply. Surprised, I refused. “I can do everything fine; I don’t need help.” She studied me intently, then nodded her head, explaining, “You manage everything so well because you're a genius.” I wasn’t sure how to respond.  I'm not a genius.

These days I know the real reason I function so...
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counseling

Five Stresses of Studying Counseling with Concealed Mental Illnesses

As I prepare for the spring semester, I am breathless with anticipation of the coming months. I am in my third year of a master’s program for clinical mental health counseling. Right now I am completing my practicum in our university counseling center, counseling college students.

I also have bipolar disorder, a dissociative disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. My life is balancing my mental illnesses along with school and my...
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Anxiety

What is Agitation?

"Sometimes, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells with you, Son. I never know if you're going to be nice or start yelling." -- my Mom

As you can imagine, this hurts to hear and even more to write. I, like many people with mood...
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Bipolar II

What Repealing Obamacare Means for Bipolar Disorder

President-elect Donald Trump recently released his plan for his first 100 days in office. Among his listed goals is repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This act necessitates action from Congress, but with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Trump’s goal will likely be realized. The Affordable Care Act has had a significant...
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