Missing the Warning Signs of Anxiety and Depression

My experiences developing depression over the fall of 2009 were preceded by several months of intense anxiety and dramatic shifts in mood. When my mental health first started deteriorating, I looked for specific things that were going wrong in my…

How Stigma and Stereotypes affect Mental Illness

The pain stigma creates is a major factor in my illness. The stigma associated with having mental health issues compounds the issue, adding an unnecessary layer of difficulty to overcome.

Advocating for Mental Health

Advocacy has been tremendously helpful in my recovery, helping to me understand my illness, connect with others and share my story. 

What Everyone Ought to Know About Mental Illness

On the surface, mental illness is almost invisible. We can’t see emotions and we can’t see thoughts. It’s difficult for others to recognize when I’m feeling depressed from my physical appearance alone.  Thoughts are simply me talking inside my mind — praising,…