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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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Mental Health

Hot Black Coffee And A Cigarette

"Sometimes you go to the mountain to get the blog, sometimes the blog brings you to the mountain" FeatherLeaf

So today has been a particularly hard day creatively. Some days the words just flow like a river when a dam bursts. At other times the...
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Depression

The Impact of TMS Through the Treaters’ Eyes

Eight years ago the team at ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth (ThriveLogic) began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an alternative option for treating depression. Just like medications or talk therapy, TMS is one tool in the depression-treatment "toolkit" providers are using to help people live healthier, happier lives.

Over the years, it has become clear that the people providing the care make a big difference—specifically the people doing the TMS treatments. Professionally, these individuals are known as treaters, coordinators, therapists or technicians....
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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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Not The Same

Looking back, I am not the same person as I was before I became ill. I am quieter. I am more reserved. I think these two characteristics are due to the fact that I don't want people to know about the "crazy." I literally...
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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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Mental Health

The Blessings Of Mental Illness

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." God

The glass may be filled only a third of the way dismissing all ambiguity in the matter, but at least there is some water.
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General

7 Ways I Find Hope In My Struggle With Mental Illness

Recently a friend asked me how I am always so hopeful. She marveled at my experience of multiple mental illnesses and was impressed by my hope and determination.

I didn’t know how to answer her question. I am a hopeful person and have been so for a long time. Eventually, after further reflection, I thought of several reasons why I have hope, even within the struggle with my mental illnesses.

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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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