8 Ways to Use Depression to Your Advantage

Trigger warning: brief mention of suicide When you are going through an episode of depression, you may think that it is the worst thing ever and you will never get out of it. You may even beat yourself up for “allowing” yourself to become depressed in the first place. I think these are normal reactions […]

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2020 and Mental Health

2020 has been a pretty harrowing year, hasn’t it? First, Australia was on fire. Then, COVID-19 spread all around the world. For a brief moment, we had murder hornets. And now, we have civil unrest in the United States and throughout the world, and that is on top of the still-existing COVID-19 pandemic. If you […]

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How to Cope With a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

So you have recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder by a licensed health professional. It may have been daunting to hear this news. You may think that life, as you know it, is over. You may not know how to start getting better. You may even be denying that you have bipolar disorder. But you […]

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Black Lives Matter. Period.

I have been quiet on my blog about Black Lives Matter not because I want to remain neutral, but because I have no idea what words I could use that would adequately show my support for the movement to end systemic racism. I still don’t quite know what to say, but I will try my […]

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How to Use Affirmations with Ease

I admit it: I am still trying to figure out my blogging niche. I have a vision, but not a plan. I can see five years into the future and be happy with what I am viewing inside my imagination, but I bristle at thinking about what I need to do today to get myself […]

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Good Reasons to Include Trigger Warnings

Trigger warnings: Very brief mentions of childhood sexual abuse, rape, war, and armed robbery It is sad and frustrating that even today, in 2020, trigger warnings are still controversial. It is just another sign that mental health stigma is still alive and strong. I think that lack of collective understanding about triggers is what fuels […]

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How to Work in “Seasons”

When you have bipolar disorder or any other mental health disorder, you may gain a lot of momentum and experience peak productivity at certain times of the year — “seasons” if you will, though they do not have to correspond to spring, summer, autumn/fall, and winter — and deep slumps when you do not produce […]

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How to Beat “Fear of Missing Out”

You have probably experienced the phenomenon of “Fear of Missing Out” (FOMO) before. If you have not gone through FOMO at all, then consider yourself lucky. I consider it a symptom of mania in my own experience, but neurotypical people may also experience FOMO. In my own words, FOMO is the fear that if you […]

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