My anxiety is, thankfully, well managed right now. But six months ago, my anxiety was so bad that I couldn't escape the intrusive thoughts that taunted me to end it all. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com. Feature image by Yuris Alhumaydy on Unsplash. See more of my posts here.
While practicing self-care can seem counter-intuitive for some people, it is essential to managing mental illnesses like anxiety and achieving overall wellness.
Mental illness is a shit-show. To combat it, one must always be on the look out, watching for signs and symptoms of recurrence. When detected, one must pull out the big guns, as it were - the weapons of learned coping skills , methodologies, medications, and support team - with the constant hope that thusly… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness – Will I ever truly be well?
October 10th is International Mental Health Day, first marked in 1992 as part of an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. I suffer from mental illness and have done, since I was a child of ten. Sadly, mental illness effects millions of people around the world, indiscriminately. The odds are that someone in your… Continue reading It’s International Mental Health Day #InternationalMentalHealthDay
Depression robs you of your ability to feel the good while simultaneously amplifying the bad.
It still surprises me that after all these years battling depression, it can still knock me on my ass! It's frustrating and exhausting. But, it shouldn't be surprising. Not really. Dealing with depression symptoms - something I've done for almost 20 years - is like playing the same crappy computer game over and over, and… Continue reading #Depression knocks me on my ass!
A year in review: the good, the bad, and letting #gratitude open doors to the future.
I come from a long line of people with mental illness. From OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to schizophrenia to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) to maybe even PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It stands to reason then, that some of this landed on me and even my kids. If you've read one or two of my… Continue reading The holidays are hard – especially for those with #mentalillness
In a recent post, I wrote about the adverse side effects I'd had to a pharma-based switch in my medication, prescribed to help with my evolving anxiety - which it did do. To counteract the side effects, my doctor prescribed more pharma meds. I disagreed and went back to my old medication. My decision to… Continue reading #Cannabis is legal in Canada P3 – Marrying tried-and-true with the new when managing #mentalillness
So cannabis is finally legal in Canada. YAY! October 17th was a big day for us - as a forward-thinking nation, of course - but also for many of us with mental illness looking to either subsidize our pharma products with cannabis, or replace them altogether. My doctor wasn't ready to make that assertion nor… Continue reading Can Cannabis Help with My Mental illness?