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Archives for March, 2015

Coping Skills

On Calming The Insatiable Desire for More

I write a lot about accepting your place in life, as both someone with a mental illness and as a young professional and I find that the advice I try to give with my essays pertains particularly well to my own situation.

I struggle with things. I struggle with the fact that I have a mental illness that prevents me from doing some things I’d like to do, and I struggle with the fact that...
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Coping Skills

Why It’s Important to Have Hobbies

In this world of constant stimulation it’s worth a moment to stop and do something that you enjoy.

So many times we’re so overwhelmed with work and responsibilities that we hardly have time to eat, let alone do something we enjoy.

I consider myself blessed because I enjoy writing and somehow, someway I’ve managed to eek out a small living doing it. The same can’t be said for a multitude of others though. Some people have...
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Coping Skills

It’s Ok If You Can’t Do What Normal People Can

In the last nine years since I was diagnosed I’ve worked hard to appear as normal as possible and to not let my schizophrenia define who I am and what I can do.

Still though, there are some things that remain outside of my capabilities as a disabled person.

Here’s how it goes, I get an idea of what I want to happen and then I work feverishly on that idea until it either comes to...
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Coping Skills

How To Get Comfortable With The Paranoia

We all have things that eat at us. We all have the little voices in our heads that tell us we’re not good enough or that we’re ugly or that we’ll never find love. They’re there and they’ll be there for a while.

It gets better with age but those voices still eat at us about different things and if magically one day they disappear, you can almost be sure that different ones will take...
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Normal Problems Are Nothing When You Have A Mental Illness

One thing that I’m continually amazed by is the fact that things that were once a huge deal before I was diagnosed practically became little more than minor inconveniences after living with a mental illness long enough.

These include things like rejection, opportunity loss, breakups, bad days, pretty much anything that has the potential to set someone off.

The weird thing is, you realize none of it really matters after living with a mental illness because...
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Coping Skills

How to Make Your Frustrations Easier

We all struggle for something. We all wish certain things were different in our lives. We all cling to the hope that someday things will be different.

Whether it’s the issue of making a living, finding love or having a fulfilling career, we all have that thing we wish we could change.

For me, my main struggle is making a living.

As a person with schizophrenia I also struggle with the fact that the things that come...
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