Mania: GIF Edition

A manic episode is defined by the DSM-5 as “a distinct period of abnormally & persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and abnormally and persistently increased activity or energy lasting at least 1 week and present most of the day, nearly every day.”       There are several signs and symptoms of a manic…

50 Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety is a word which is thrown around all of the time, so what it really means or looks like can get lost in everyday conversation. There is not just one look, behavior, or symptom associated with anxiety. There are so, so many ways in which it can be felt or seen, from physical sensations…

“Beautiful Boy” & Mental Illness

*I’m talking about the afterword of the book “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff, so… yes, that would be a spoiler.*     Odd enough, one of the things that will stick with me most from “Beautiful Boy” is a part of the story that isn’t even mentioned until the afterword.   Through years of addiction,…

Do’s & Don’ts of Mental Health Social Media Usage

For the past few years, I have actively been using social media in relation to mental health awareness, whether it has been to connect to others or to share my latest blog post. It is absolutely amazing how the internet has allowed for these supportive communities of mental health warriors to come together from all…

The Dark Side of Social Media

TW: This post discusses self-harm and suicide in relation to the internet & social media. I refrained from including images, but if the written content itself could be triggering to you, please do not continue to read the post beyond the resources listed. I have included 2 suicide prevention resources immediately below: Related Resources: National…

Barriers to Treatment

If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression).   Why…

Seeking a Therapist

“As far as looking for the right therapist, do remember to actually look. Too many people make the mistake of picking the first name off the list provided by their insurance company and assuming that if things aren’t working with that therapist that means therapy doesn’t work for them, period. Finding the right therapist takes…

Diagnosis: Case Closed?

Imagine if a detective arrived at a crime scene, labeled the crime a murder, then announced that their job was done. That’s not a complete job!   The “what” (i.e. murder) is NOT enough information. The job is far from over; in fact, the case is just beginning! What was the weapon? Who caused this…

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

This book is addressed “FOR THE SUICIDAL PERSON IN ALL OF US.”   This statement is rather alarming and comes across as even bizarre…   Certainly not everyone is suicidal. However, this book centers around the everyday individual rather than those who are typically discussed in this context (i.e. the severely depressed). Most people know…