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Archives for October, 2015

Coping Skills

It’s OK to Get Help For a Mental Illness

I can remember when I was first diagnosed, I thought constantly about refusing meds and going to see the doctor, but in the hospital, you have no choice if you want to go home. That was my one motivation, getting the hell out of that sterile nondescript wing of the hospital and going home to sleep in my own bed.

I was so angry with my parents for taking me to the emergency room that there...
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Coping Skills

What To Do When The Paranoia Gets the Best of You

Today I was standing in line at a bakery waiting for a sandwich and I don’t know what it was about the place, it could have been the temperature, the people standing around but I became so worried that people were staring at me that I had no choice but to leave.

Thankfully a friend got my sandwich and brought it out to the car for me but I was just sitting there reeling and not...
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Coping Skills

Finding Community as a Person with Mental Illness

Finding and keeping friends is tough for anyone.

Outside of the friendships we’ve formed in high school and college, being a young adult can be tough for finding a niche where you fit in. We’ve got things to worry about like work, relationships, activities and anything else that put a crimp in forming new friendships.

The fact is there just isn’t enough time to focus exclusively on friendships anymore.

This aspect of life is even tougher when you...
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How to Manage The Feeling of Being Overloaded

We’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced the frenzy of having a full plate. You do one thing then you have to deal with another immediately and then another and another.

It’s what happens when you take on a load of responsibility. It might not even be responsibility but instead it’s just the frenzy of juggling family, friends, relationships and work - and all these things are up in the air.

My dad used the analogy of...
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How to Limit Stress When You Have a Mental Illness

Stress is a killer, it contributes to heart problems, mental problems and myriad other conditions and it can take a toll on work life, relationships and overall happiness.

I’ve been on the receiving end of stress for a long time in numerous little iterations.

I’ve also lived with schizophrenia for almost ten years and I know that stress is the veritable light switch between stability and falling into paranoia and delusions like the thought that people are...
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