Stop Saying “Get Over It”

What a fantastic visual depiction of how some aspects of mental illness feel. And if such symptoms did manifest themselves physically in this way, all save the empathy-deficient, sadistic, cruel people in the world would offer to help rather than to minimize. (JM)

Simply accept the fact that you are accepted -Paul Tillich

"You are accepted. Accepted by that which is greater than you and the name of which you do not know. Do not seek for anything. Do not perform anything. Do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted" -Paul Tillich

For many people, an impending social engagement or performance situation brings fear that prompts avoidance or otherwise interferes with functioning.

For many people, an impending social engagement or performance situation brings fear that prompts avoidance or otherwise interferes with functioning. Social anxiety disorder typically begins before adulthood and, while it often feels crippling, can be treated. Definition Social anxiety disorder, formerly referred to as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and … Continue reading For many people, an impending social engagement or performance situation brings fear that prompts avoidance or otherwise interferes with functioning.

Positive affirmations seek to reverse this downward spiral tendency, so that a person’s thoughts propel him or her upward into a more positive, contented state

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS For example, say an individual has grown accustomed to thinking “I am a failure” in response to situations in which he or she falls short of a desired outcome. This thought would then self-perpetuate, thereby resulting in ongoing failures in many aspects of life. This is because simply believing oneself to be a … Continue reading Positive affirmations seek to reverse this downward spiral tendency, so that a person’s thoughts propel him or her upward into a more positive, contented state

Employer Discrimination Against the Mentally Ill

Over half of people surveyed said that they had not been hired because of their mental illness. Survey participants mentioned negative responses after disclosing their mental illness: “Once they heard that word that’s it. Sometimes I think it’s worse than telling them you’ve been in jail. Once you mention that their face changes and their … Continue reading Employer Discrimination Against the Mentally Ill

Are you very likely to make comments that are dripping with sarcasm as a way to keep people from asking too many questions?

So, if you’re into being sarcastic, it’s time to consider whether you’re just being humorous and light-hearted, or if there’s something deeper that you’re working on hiding. Yes, you’re in recovery, but does that affect how you communicate with others? For example, if you’re spending time with strangers, are you very likely to make comments … Continue reading Are you very likely to make comments that are dripping with sarcasm as a way to keep people from asking too many questions?

Winnie-the-Pooh Characters & Their Mental Disorders: Given that these characters are so deeply embedded in our culture in a positive way, they serve to help #EndTheStigma of mental Illness

Winnie-the-Pooh Characters & Their Mental Disorders: Given that these characters are so deeply embedded in our culture in a positive way, they serve to help #EndTheStigma of mental Illness. [EDITOR'S NOTE: The Canadian Medical Association wrote an article that diagnosed Pooh with the following disorders]. By Hannah Jones, Strong Mind After reading this list of … Continue reading Winnie-the-Pooh Characters & Their Mental Disorders: Given that these characters are so deeply embedded in our culture in a positive way, they serve to help #EndTheStigma of mental Illness

If someone asks you how you’re feeling, how often do you give an honest answer?

“Next time someone asks ‘how are you?’, try going off the standard script and say the truth instead of ‘I’m fine’ and see how a more meaningful conversation unfolds.” (HUFF POST UK) If someone asks you how you’re feeling, how often do you give an honest answer? A study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the … Continue reading If someone asks you how you’re feeling, how often do you give an honest answer?

Unfortunately, as a result of stigma, many people decide not to pursue counseling despite experiencing significant emotional, physical or mental distress

Over the years, I've heard many creative names for therapy, quite reflective of the various stigmas. Some of my favorites are hocus pocus, mental brainwashing, and headshrinking. Now hocus pocus sounds kind of fun, perhaps because of its magical association. Unfortunately, to this day, the realm of therapy or counseling still remains quite mysterious to … Continue reading Unfortunately, as a result of stigma, many people decide not to pursue counseling despite experiencing significant emotional, physical or mental distress

Another Nightmarish Aspect of Living with Mental Illness

Living in nearly constant fear and anxiety, often fueled by obsessive thoughts of a catastrophic future, poor coping skills that leave one vulnerable, and social anxiety, is a living nightmare that most of us with untreated mental Illness experience in some way. (JM)