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The App That Reminds Me I’m Not Alone

I was diagnosed with a mental illness eight years ago. Asking for help has gotten easier, but I still dislike it. Whether I need a ride or a few …

Mental Health

How to Survive Finals Week

Finals week is here! While I’m sending all my fellow students out there good vibes, I wanted to provide some practical ways to cope with the stress, …

Time Management

13 Markets For Disabled Writers To Query - The Writer's Guide to Life

1. <b>Inside The Bell Jar</b> is looking for poetry, short stories, and flash fiction of any genre as long as it relates to mental illness. The submission …

The Easy Way To Become A Freelance Writer - The Writer's Guide to Life

Don’t Waste Your Time At Content Mills<p>To be completely honest, when I first started out as a freelance writer almost two years ago, I felt hopeless. …

Self Care Challenge 5: Medication Tracker

Don’t Make The Same Mistakes I Did!<p>I first started taking prescription medication in high school. I took Paxil for depression. Paxil has a short …

Self-Care Challenge 3: Keeping A Gratitude Journal

Keeping A Record<p>I first started consistently keeping a journal in middle school. It was full of gossip and ideas for outfits. I had no idea that ten …

Warning! 30 Writing Cliches To Avoid - The Writer's Guide to Life

One way to make sure your writing isn’t taken seriously or accepted for publication is to use cliches. A cliche is an overused expression that people …

Self-Care Challenge 1: Personal Hygiene

Exciting News!<p>Health Storylines has chosen me to be a brand ambassador for their Self Care Challenge initiative! Being a brand ambassador means that …

Depression and Psychosis: Brianna’s Story

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people worldwide suffer from a depressive disorder, such as Major Depressive Disorder, …

Depression

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Kenjō’s Story

My name is Kenjō. I’m a high school student with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who has had two alters for around six years. I haven’t been …

12 Quotes to Remind You Change is Necessary to Grow

1. “It must happen to us all… We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere …

How I Transformed My Life Like A Boss

As last year came to a close, I took a look at myself in the mirror. Who have I become in the last year? A lot had changed, but how?<p>After years of …

The Ultimate List of 65 Coping Skills

Coping skills are exactly what they sound like: skills to help you cope with stressful situations. They are one of the most important things to have …

How I Turned My Mental Illness Into A Desire To Help Others

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get …

Mental Health

Inside the Minds of America’s Prisoners

Out of Sight, Out of Mind<p>I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind.” Whether it’s a long-distance couple or friends that drift …

Mental Health

6 Self Improvement Blogs That Will Change Your Life For The Better ⋆ Unjunkiefied

The new year is the ideal time to have a new start in life. A new year could mean a new you. This is the year to finally put your past behind you and …

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Kenjō’s Story

My name is Kenjō. I’m a high school student with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who has had two alters for around six years. I haven’t been …

Mental Health

Healing Words: The Effects Of Rape Can Last A Lifetime • Betty's Battleground

Imagine Watching Yourself Marry An Abusive Partner

Being An Alter<p>My name is Alex. 31 years old, living in Massachusetts, but that’s not what my ID will tell you. I am one of the several alters in a …

Relationships

20 Tips on How to Deal with Winter Blues

<i>Originally posted on Staying Strong 24/7</i><p>Winter blues is defined by “a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness associated with experiencing the cold …

Wellness

The Mentally Ill Are Not Your Scapegoat

The Mass Shooting in Las Vegas<p>The never-ending national argument about gun control returned to the forefront of American political discourse in the …

Mental Health

This Is Not What Schizophrenia Looks Like

I was in a small white room sitting in a chair bolted to the floor. A woman sat in front of me with a clipboard, asking me questions about my …

Empathy

What Not To Do When Schoolwork Stresses You Out

Coping With Stress<p>I was sitting in my chair by the window working on my essay for American Lit when an ad popped up on my computer. You know, one of …

Essays

Inside the Manic Mind

All at once, I have so much energy. I’m excited and hopeful, but I’m also irritable and angry. My head is flooded with ideas. I’m on my soapbox …

Living with Schizophrenia: Mike’s Story

Imagine this, an 18-year-old lad, who, as a gardener, had a closer friendship with soil than with so much of the wild world, and who left the sixties …

3 Ways Stigma Hurts Us

<i>The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.</i><p><i>– Elyn Saks</i><p>Each time I walk a new class of college students through …

In Defense of Social Media for Mental Health

Mental health issues for young adults are on the rise, and there has been an increase in scientific studies on the mental health implications of …